Take Action Morning-After Pill

Morning-After Pill Reviews

Morning-After Pill Reviews
Take Action Morning-After Pill. Photo © Dawn Stacey

Take Action is a one-pill generic alternative to Plan B One-Step. This FDA-approved morning-after pill is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Take Action is one, white pill that contains 1.5 mg of the progestin levonorgestrel.

If you have had unprotected sex or experienced birth control failure in the last 72 hours, it's time to Take Action!

What is Take Action?

Take Action is the newest emergency contraception option available to help prevent an unintended pregnancy.

It consists of a single pill and is meant to be a backup method to help prevent pregnancy. This means that it is not meant to be used as regular contraception.

Take Action contains levonorgestrel—a progestin that has been safely used in many birth control pills for several decades. The main difference is that Take Action has a higher amount of this progestin than regular combination birth control pills have. It also does not contain any estrogen.

How Take Action Works:

There is some debate over the exact way that Take Action works. Because it contains levonorgestrel like the Pill, it is believed that Take Action works to avoid pregnancy in a similar way that the Pill does. The main way that the Take Action morning-after pill works to prevent pregnancy is by stopping you from  ovulation—so Take Action basically prevents your ovary from releasing an egg. FDA guidelines require that all manufacturers of levonorgestrel morning-after pills must specify on the product labeling that emergency contraceptives may also work by not allowing a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus.

That being said, the majority of scientific research on levonorgestrel-based morning-after pills reveal that Take Action does not seem to affect implantation.

Take Action Morning-After Pill Reviews:

Take Action works very well. As with any morning-after pill, Take Action is most effective the quicker you use it.

Morning-after pills become less effective as more time passes. This means that Take Action will be most effective if you use take this morning-after pill within 24 hours. The effectiveness is lower if you use Take Action within 1-2 days. Then, the effectiveness rate drops again if Take Action is used after 2 days have passed.  

Morning-after pill reviews and research suggest that when used properly, Take Action can significantly reduce your chances of becoming pregnant. Research shows that about 7 out of every 8 women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant after using Take Action.

Take Action is Not:

Take Action is not the same thing as the abortion pill (RU486). Why? The morning-after pill does not contain the same medication as RU486. If you use Take Action and are already pregnant, it will NOT cause a medical abortion. Take Action will not terminate an established pregnancy. If you are already pregnant and use Take Action, it will not harm your existing pregnancy.

Take Action is meant to prevent pregnancy after a single episode of unprotected sex or contraception failure.

This means that Take Action will not continue to protect you against pregnancy throughout the rest of your menstrual cycle—this means that if you have unprotected sex again (after using Take Action), this morning-after pill will not give you any additional protection. Your chance of becoming pregnant is likely to quickly return after using Take Action. Because of this, it is crucial that you use some additional type of birth control

When Should I Use Take Action?

Take Action can be taken at any time during your monthly cycle. Take Action should only be used as emergency birth control. You should consider using Take Action if did not use any birth control while having sex or if you think contraception failure might have occurred during sex, for example...

You should use Take Action as soon as you can. Just a reminder, Take Action should be used within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure.
*Note: emergency birth control, in general, has been shown to still be effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex, so it may still be useful to use the Take Action morning-after pill for up to 120 hours.

Review of Common Morning-After Pill Side Effects: 

When used correctly, Take Action has been shown to be a safe emergency birth control choice for most women. The most common Take Action side effects include:

  • Changes in your period
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal (lower stomach) pain
  • Being tired
  • Headaches
  • Breast tenderness
  • Dizziness

Changes in your menstrual cycle may also result from using Take Action. Using this morning-after pill may cause your next period to be heavier or lighter than it usually is. There is also the chance that you may have some spotting before your the next period. Using Take Action could also result in your period starting earlier or later than when you would typically anticipate it to begin.

There is the possibility that you may throw up after using Take Action. You should call your physician if you vomit within two hours of using Take Action and ask whether or not you should repeat the dose.

How Can I Tell if Take Action Worked?

The only way to tell for sure that Take Action has worked is if you get your period. You will know that Take Action has been effective if your period comes at it’s normal time or within one week of when you anticipated it to begin.

If your period is more than seven days late, it is possible that you could be pregnant. If you think that this may be the case, you can take a home pregnancy test to either determine whether or not you are pregnant. If you have a positive pregnancy test, you should follow-up with your doctor.

Research suggests that there is a link between progestin-only contraceptives (like the morning-after pill) and ectopic pregnancies. You may have an ectopic pregnancy if:

  • If it has been 3 to 5 weeks since you used Take Action.
  • Your period is late.
  • You are having severe abdominal pain

If you think this may be the case, try to seek immediate medical attention.

Purchasing Take Action:

The court case Tummino v. Hamburg played a huge role in the FDA's decision to approve Plan B One-Step—as well as it's generic alternatives—to be sold over-the-counter, with no age restrictions.

Take Action can be purchased over-the-counter, without a prescription, no matter your age. Due to FDA requirements, the packages of other one-pill levonorgestrel-based generic morning-after pills (such as My Way, AfterPill and Next Choice One Dose) must say that they are intended for use in women 17 years of age or older. This labeling requirement was put into place to protect the three-year exclusivity agreement with Teva (the manufacturer of Plan B One-Step)—since Teva was responsible for conducting clinical research trials that demonstrated morning-after pill safety and effectiveness for females ages 16 and younger. Because Teva is also the manufacturer of Take Action, this morning-after pill does not violate the exclusivity agreement and does not have this labeling requirement.

Even though Take Action can be purchased over-the-counter, you may still need a prescription (regardless of your age) if you want your insurance to cover the cost of this morning-after pill. You can check with your health insurance policy about coverage requirements.

Because Take Action is more effective the sooner it is used, to save time, you may want to call your local pharmacy/drug store before going to make sure that they have Take Action in stock. You may also find it helpful to buy Take Action ahead of time—this way, you will already have it handy, so you cab take it immediately if you need it.

How Much Does Take Action Cost?

In general, Take Action costs about 20 percent less than its branded equivalent Plan B One-Step (which costs anywhere between $30 and $65). The average price for Plan B One-Step is around $49.99, and the average cost for Take Action is $39.99 (with prices ranging between $26 and $62).

Take Action and STD Protection:

Take Action will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections or HIV.

Sources:

Noé G, Croxatto HB, Salvatierra AM, Reyes V, Villarroel C, Muñoz C, Morales G, Retamales A. "Contraceptive efficacy of emergency contraception with levonorgestrel given before or after ovulation." Contraception. 2011;84(5):486–492. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2011.03.006.

TAKE ACTION (levonorgestrel) tablet. [Teva Women's Health, Inc.]. Daily Med. https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=94f251c1-599c-4517-8c60-50a896b06992

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