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Levest

Levest (63 tablets)

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Levest 150/30 Contraceptive Pill

Levest is an effective oral contraceptive pill that combines both sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone, to prevents pregnancy. Taking Levest can help relieve your mood swings and reduce spots as well as making your periods more regular, lighter and more comfortable.

Levest is available to buy online from The Independent Pharmacy for adults over the age of 18 years. All you need to do to get a repeat prescription of Levest is to start your online consultation here today and your pill can be delivered to you as quickly as the next working day.

Levest Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Levest?

Levest tablets are called combined oral contraceptives because each pill combines two hormones, a type of oestrogen known as ethinylestradiol and progesterone called levonorgestrel, to prevent pregnancy. 

When Levest is taken as directed over 21 days it is a very effective, reversible method of contraception. Unlike progesterone-only contraceptives, which you take every day without a break. On Levest you will have a 7-day pill-free break each month where most women will experience a bleed.

 

What is Levest used for?

Levest is used as an oral contraceptive to prevent pregnancy but alongside this many people find Levest is very effective at reducing premenstrual symptoms and improving the pain and flow of periods. 

Oral contraceptives do not however prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). Barrier methods of contraception such as condoms are recommended to prevent STI’s. If you are concerned you should speak to a doctor or visit your local sexual health clinic for advice. 

 

How does Levest (the combined pill) work?

Levest, in the same way as other combined hormonal contraceptives, works in 3 ways to prevent pregnancy. 

  1. They prevent the body ovulating so you do not produce an egg each month.
  2. They cause cervical mucus in the neck of the uterus to build up making it more difficult for sperm to get through to the uterus to fertilise an egg.
  3. They thin the lining of your uterus making it harder for a fertilised egg to be able to embed into the uterus wall.

 

Levest or Microgynon

Levest and Microgynon 30 are all combined oral contraceptives that contain the same amount of the active ingredients ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel but are different brands.

At The Independent Pharmacy, we also have available on prescription, Ovranette and Rigevidon, which contain the same active ingredients and can be taken as alternatives to Levest and Microgynon. 

 

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*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

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. 

 

Starting Levest

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.

Levest side effects

In the same way as other medicine, Levest can cause some people to experience side effects. The most commonly reported side effects are usually mild but if you are bothered by them or are concerned you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Most commonly people who take Levest report the following side effects:

  • Feeling sick
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Headaches
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight gain or fluid retention
  • Mood changes
  • Change in sex drive
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Increased blood pressure

If you experience an allergic reaction or severe side effects while taking Levest you should seek immediate medical attention from a doctor or your nearest emergency department. 

For full details on reported side effects associated with taking Levest please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

Levest ingredients

Each Levest tablet contains the active ingredients: levonorgestrel 150 micrograms and ethinylestradiol 30 micrograms. 

Each Levest tablet contains the inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, povidone k-25, sucrose, calcium carbonate, povidone k-90, glycerin, macrogol 6000, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate and carnauba wax.

Please ensure that you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before taking Levest to ensure you are familiar with all of the ingredients contained within each tablet.

Levest warnings

Before taking Levest please ensure that you have read and understood all the warnings and precautions associated with taking combined oral contraceptives detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet.

If you start taking Levest you will need to continue to have your health monitored as combined oral contraceptives can increase your risk of developing certain health conditions. 

  • You should not take Levest if you have ever had a blood clot, problems with your heart or liver are at risk of having a stroke or suffer from migraines.
  • You also should not take Levest if you have high blood pressure, have high levels of fat in your blood or have ever had breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs. 
  • You should discuss with your doctor before taking Levest if you have diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, sickle cell anaemia, HUS or SLE or if you have a disease that first appeared during pregnancy. 
  • You should tell your doctor if you have recently been taking or are currently taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication.

 

Levest and blood clots

The use of combined hormonal contraception, including Levest, can increase a woman's

risk of developing arterial and venous blood clots or venous thrombosis. 

The risk of developing blood clots increases:

  • During the first year of taking a combination pill.
  • As you age
  • If you are overweight
  • If someone in your family has suffered from blood clots
  • After you have had an operation or had an extended period of immobilisation 

 

Levest and cancer

Taking a combined oral contraceptive such as Levest can slightly increase the risk of developing breast cancer. This risk appears to decrease once contraception is stopped.

Women taking Levest must regularly check their breasts for any changes and you should contact your doctor if you are concerned.

 

Levest and pregnancy

You should not take Levest during pregnancy. If you think you have become pregnant while taking any oral contraceptive you should speak to a doctor for advice. Taking Levest while breastfeeding is not advisable, you should speak to a doctor or nurse for advice about your contraceptive options. 

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Contraception?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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Published on: 03-11-2020

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Leanne is a clinical pharmacist with years of experience working in pharmacy.

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Reviewed on: 03-11-2020

Next review date: 03-11-2022


Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.


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