What is Unwanted 21 Days?
Unwanted 21 Days is the brand name for a regular Oral contraceptive pill used to prevent unplanned pregnancy. This medicine is manufactured and marketed by Mankind Pharma Limited. It is available in the packaging of 21 tablets per strip.
- What is the generic name(s)?
- How does it work ?
- What are it’s uses ?
- How effective is this medicine ?
- What are the Side Effects ?
- What is the Dosage ?
- What are the precautions I need to take ?
- Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
- Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
- Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
- Is Unwanted 21 Days available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
- Frequently asked questions
What is the generic name (s)?
It contains estrogen (Ethinyl Esstradiol) and progestin (Levonorgestrel) which prevents the release of eggs from the ovaries and change the lining of the womb to prevent pregnancy.
The composition of these hormones per tablet is as followed:
- Ethinyl Estradiol : 0.15 mg
- Levonorgestrel : 0.03 mg
How does it work ?
Unwanted 21 Days is a combined Hormonal contraceptive pill. Ethinyl Estradiol is a synthetic form of female hormones responsible for the maintenance and development of menstruation cycles. While Levonorgestrel is a hormone which stops the ovulation and prevent egg from fertilization. The combination of these 2 hormones make Unwanted 21 Days a very safe method of contraception.
What are it’s uses ?
This medicine is a regular oral contraceptive pill. It is useful in preventing unplanned pregnancy.
How effective is this medicine ?
These tablets are very effective and safe contraceptive option, if taken regularly in proper cycle.
What are the Side Effects ?
Commonly reported side-effects from new users of this medicine includes following :
- Lower Stomach pain
- Delayed menstruation
- Sudden bleeding/ spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Acne and pimples
- Water retention
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
All these symptoms are temporary and disappear overtime with regular use of these tablets.
However, in some cases this drug can cause serious implications.Consult your doctor immediately if you are facing any of the following issues after the use of this medicine:
- Uterine hemorrhage
- Infections in uterus
- Unusual tiredness
- Vomiting with weakness and nausea
- Excessive vaginal bleeding
- Gasrto-intestinal cramps
- Severe headache and Anxiety
What is the Dosage ?
The dosage for these tablets begin with 1 tablet from the first day of Menstrual cycle. Then one tablet each day for 20 days, followed by 7 days without taking the tablet.
If you want to continue the course of this contraceptive again, start with the new strip from 8th day since you took the tablet last.
What are the precautions I need to take ?
You should not take this medicine in following situations
- If you have ever had a clot in a blood vessel, or any circulation problems in the past.
- If you are breast-feeding or think you may be pregnant.
- If you are a smoker, consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
- If you have a breast lump or had breast cancer in the past.
- Don’t take this medicine if you are suffering from high blood pressure.
- This medicine should be avoided for patients with depression.
- If you have gallstones or liver dysfunction .
- If you are suffering from cardiac problems, diabetes, or migraine.
- If you had a transient ischemic attack in the past.
- If you have any vaginal bleeding other than your normal menstrual period.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
This drug is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘X’ Contraindicated in pregnancy: Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Consult a doctor before administering this medicine to a pregnant woman.
Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
It can be unsafe to take if you are breast feeding or are planning for breast feeding. Consult with a doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to start breastfeeding before using this medicine.
Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
No, this medicine should not be given to children and infants. This medicine is only for adult women to use as an regular contraceptive. Keep this tablet away from the reach of children. If a child accidentally takes this tablet, rush him immediately to your doctor.
Is Unwanted 21 Days available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
Yes, Unwanted 21 Days is available as an over the counter (OTC) product. But in certain case of birth control or avoiding the unplanned pregnancy, it can be used as per doctor’s prescription. Please consult a doctor or a healthcare expert before taking this tablet.
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between Unwanted 72 and Unwanted 21 days ?
Unwanted 72 is an emergency contraceptive or a morning-after pill. It can only be administered to avoid pregnancy within 72 hours of having unprotected sex.
Unwanted 21 Days is a regular contraceptive pill. To avoid unwanted pregnancy, you need to take it daily in proper cycle for 21 days. You need to take it even on the days you are not having intercourse.
Is Levonorgestrel an androgenic hormone ?
Yes, Levonorgestrel has some androgenic and progestational hormonal effects. It can cause some unwanted side-effects such as acne, skin dryness and unwanted air growth in females.
What to do if I forgot to take a pill ?
In case you forgot to take one pill during course of Unwanted 21 days, take it as soon as you remember Continue the dosage with next pill at normal schedule.
If more than 12 hours had passed since the scheduled time of taking the pill you missed, then follow the instructions below:
Case 1: If it happens in 1st or 2nd week of pills, use extra contraceptive precautions for the next 7-8 days.
Case 2: If you missed to take a pill in the last week of cycle, start the next course of dosage straightaway and do not have a pill-free week. No extra precautions needed, finish the newly started course normally. At the end of the cycle, stop and have a break as normal.
It is more dangerous to miss a pill in later weeks of the cycle than in the earlier weeks. Make a strict schedule to take this pills.