How to take Levest?
Levest can be prescribed by The Independent Pharmacy and bought by adults over the age of 18 years.
- Levest is for oral use only.
- Take 1 tablet, at the same time each day, for 21 days. Take your first tablet, next to the correct day of the week, from the top row of the pack and follow the directions of the arrows printed on the pack.
- After 21 days, have a 7-day pill-free break, where you should expect to have a bleed.
- Start your new pack, after your 7 days pill-free, on the same day of the week that you started your previous pack.
For full details on how to take Levest, please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.
If you have not used any contraceptive with hormones in the previous month:
Start Levest on the first day of your period. Starting Levest on the first day of your period means you are immediately protected against pregnancy and do not need to use additional barrier contraceptives.
If you start Levest any time after day 1 of your period you must use additional barrier contraceptives such as condoms for 7 days.
Switching from another combined hormonal contraceptive pill:
Start Levest the day after your last pill from your previous pill packet. Do not have a 7-day pill-free break. If you start Levest after your 7-day break you will need to use an additional barrier contraceptive such as condoms for 7 days.
Changing from a progestogen-only pill, injection, implant or a progesterone-releasing IUD:
You may switch to Levest, any convenient day, from the progestogen-only pill, from the day of removal of an implant or an IUD and the due date of the injection. In all of these cases, you must use an additional barrier contraceptive such as condoms for 7 days.
After having a baby:
You can start taking Levest between 21 and 28 days after having a baby. If you start taking Levest later than day 28 you must use an additional barrier method of contraception such as condoms for the next 7 days.
Levest missed pill
If you forget to take your daily Levest tablet or you are sick or have diarrhoea within 3-4 hours after taking your tablet, take it as soon as you remember or when you feel better, even if this means taking 2 tablets on the same day.
If you are more than 12 hours late taking your Levest tablet:
- You will not be protected from getting pregnant and should use additional barrier contraception such as a condom for 7 days.
You are at more risk of becoming pregnant if you miss multiple tablets within one packet or if the missed pill is at the start or the end of your packet. If you think you are at risk of being pregnant while taking Levest you should speak to a doctor for advice as soon as possible.
If you are less than 12 hours late taking your Levest tablet:
- You will be protected from getting pregnant. You will not need to use additional contraception.