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Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) 1.5mg Tablet

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Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) 1.5mg Tablet (1 tablet)

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Levonorgestrel - The 'Morning-After' Pill

Levonelle is the original 'morning-after pill' that can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It is now available as the generic drug Levonorgestrel 1.5mg. It is a single dose, hormonal emergency contraceptive tablet that can be purchased online as an advance supply for women to keep on hand in case of a contraceptive accident or failure. Having a Levonorgestrel tablet ready to take if needed saves the worry and hassle of seeing your doctor at short notice. It also ensures that you can take the morning-after pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex for maximum effectiveness.

Levonorgestrel - Important Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Levonorgestrel (Levonelle)?

Levonorgestrel is of a single dose medication and is taken by women who either had unprotected sex or fear that their normal contraception may have failed e.g. forgetting to take a contraceptive tablet or because of a torn condom. If taken within 72 hours of the incident, there is a 95 percent chance of it being effective and preventing any unplanned pregnancy.


How does it work?

This emergency contraceptive tablet works with only one dose and can be kept on hand for any contraceptive accident or failure. It can be bought online and saves the need for an emergency appointment with your own doctor.

The active ingredient of 1.5mg of levonorgestrel works by stopping the release of eggs from the ovaries and also by preventing fertilisation of a released egg or its attaching itself to the lining of the womb.


How effective is Levonorgestrel at preventing pregnancy?

Levonorgestrel is the active ingredient and its effectiveness is:

Within the first 24 hours: 95% effective

24 to 48 hours: 85% effective

48 to 72 hours: 58% effective.

Levonelle may have no effect, if taken after longer than 72 hours after unprotected sexual activity. In such cases, consult your local doctor or there is the option of using EllaOne emergency contraception tablet which can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex.


After taking Levonorgestrel

Very few women are sick after taking Levonelle but, should this occur within three hours of having taken the tablet, it is necessary to take a second replacment tablet, as the first dose will not have had sufficient time to be effective. If sickness still occurs, speak with your local doctor about a different emergency contraceptive method.

The feeling of being sick or nausea will not effect Levonelle.

Levonelle may alter the regularity of your next period and may also lead to a much lighter or heavier period than is normal. If the next period proves to be more than five days late, either take a pregnancy test or consult your doctor.

Levonelle protects you only for that one unprotected occasion and so contraception continues to be needed during the rest of the menstrual cycle. If you are using the patch or the contraceptive pill, you may also need the added protection of a condom for the rest of that menstrual period.


Further information

For anyone under the age of sixteen, advice must first be sought from a local doctor or the family planning clinic.

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet before taking the medicine.

This Information can be found on the NHS Choices website.

*Please note as this is a generic medicine, packaging may vary.





*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.
  • Levonelle should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex; the sooner it is taken, the more effective it is at preventing unwanted pregnancy.
  • It is only effective up to 72 hours after, if it has been longer than this you should not take Levonelle and see your GP to discuss emergency contraception.
  • If you are sick or suffer with diarrhoea within 2 hours of taking Levonelle it may not have been absorbed and will not be effective. You will need to obtain another supply as soon as possible.

Levonelle is not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, however it is 95% effective after 24 hours. It is important to try to take it within this window if possible. After this the success rate becomes 85% and 58% after 48 and 72 hours respectively. If you cannot take Levonelle within the first 24 - 48 hours after unprotected sex, you may wish to see your GP to discuss alternatives such as EllaOne.

If your next period has not arrived five or more days from when it was due you should take a pregnancy test.

If you do experience side effects from Levonelle the most common can include abdominal pains, nausea, sickness, diarrhoea, dizziness, breast tenderness, headaches, spotting or abnormal bleeding. Taking Levonelle with some food may help to reduce any nausea you may experience.

A very small number of people may be allergic to Levonelle. This will show as a skin reaction including itchiness, rash and swelling of the face. If this occurs you should see you doctor immeidately.

If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let your doctor know immediately. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

Each Levonelle tablet contains 1.5mg (1500mg) of the hormone levonorgestrel as the active ingredient.

It also contains the following inactive ingredients: potato starch, maize starch, colloidal silica anhydrous, magnesium stearate (E572), talc (E533b), lactose monohydrate.

The following medicines may make Levonelle less effective at preventing pregnancy:

  • Barbiturates and other medicines used to treat epilepsy (e.g.primidone, phenytoin, and carbamazepine)
  • Medicines used to treat tuberculosis (e.g. rifampicin, rifabutin)
  • Ritonavir (used to treat HIV)
  • Griseofulvin (used to treat fungal infections)
  • St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum - a herbal remedy)
  • Ciclosporin (suppresses the immune system)

If you take any of the above medicines you should discuss a more effective form of contraception with your GP or local family planning clinic.

If you suffer with any of the following conditions, Levonelle may not be suitable for you and could be ineffective:

  • Bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease) that interferes with the way you digest your food
  • Severe liver problems
  • If you have ever had an ectopic pregnancy (where the baby develops somewhere outside the womb)
  • If you have ever had a disease called salpingitis (inflammation of the Fallopian tubes)

If you take any of the above apply you should discuss a more effective form of contraception with your GP or local family planning clinic.

Do not take Levonelle if your period is already overdue as you may already be pregnant. You should see your GP or family planning clinic. If you have already taken Levonelle but suspect that you may now be pregnant, there is no evidence that Levonelle will harm your baby.

Levonelle should not replace your regular method of contraception, such as the pill or condoms; these are more reliable and effective.

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines before taking Levonelle.

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


  • 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.




  • 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


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


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can Levonelle be purchased online?

    Levonelle is available online through The Independent Pharmacy and other online pharmacies. You should only purchase the morning after pill online as an advance supply - if you have had unprotected sex or a contraceptive failure, you should see your GP, local GUM clinic, or local pharmacy to obtain the treatment as soon as possible.

    When ordering online, always check that the website is approved by the Care Quality Commission.

  • Does Levonelle guarantee protection against an unwanted pregnancy?

    While levonelle can be up to 95 percent effective, it is an emergency contraceptive only.

    It is best that this medication is taken within twelve hours of the unprotected sex and, if taken closer to the maximum of three days after unprotected sex, its effectiveness is quite reduced. If the unprotected sex occurred more than three days ago, you need to discuss more suitable medication with your doctor.

    With EllaOne, an alternative morning after pill, or an intrauterine coil, it’s still possible to take preventative steps to prevent pregnancy.

  • Is it okay to take Levonelle whilst breastfeeding, or if you are already pregnant?

    If you are already pregnant, you should not take this medication, as it only prevents pregnancies within a 72 hour period. Studies have shown that this medication does not harm a baby, though small amounts of levornogestrel may be present in breast milk.  A way of preventing this presence is to take the medication immediately after breastfeeding, as the levornogestrel will have been processed before breastfeeding comes around again.

  • If I take Levonelle, can I continue taking the contraceptive pill?

    You may decide to take this morning after pill because you forgot to take one of your contraceptive pills.

    If this is the case, take Levonelle and also your contraceptive pill for that following day, then continue the full course of contraceptive pills as normal.

  • Can Levonelle be taken regularly?

    You must not use this medication as a method of regular contraception and should bear in mind that it doesn't protect you against chlamydia, HIV, or other STIs (sexually-transmitted diseases).

  • Does Levonelle affect periods?

    It could cause some irregularity but, if your next period is more than five days late, you must speak with your doctor, to rule out pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy.

  • What is Levonelle made up of?

    Each tablet contains1.5mg of levonorgestrel (a synthetic female sex hormone), potato starch, magnesium stearate (E572), maize starch, colloidal silica anhydrous, lactose monohydrate and talc (E533b).

  • Is Levonelle still effective if you have been sick?

    If you experience either sickness or severe diarrhoea within three hours of having taken levonelle, it's possible that you may have to take a second tablet to replace the one which may not have had time to enter your system. In such a case, ask your doctor for advice.

  • How does Levonelle work?

    It works by reducing the chances of an egg attaching itself to the lining of the womb and also inhibits the release of eggs from the ovaries. It also makes it more difficult for sperm to fertilise any eggs which may have already been released.

  • Will alcohol reduce the effectiveness of Levonelle?

    There is no evidence to suggest that alcohol will reduce the effectiveness of this morning after pill.

  • Can Levonelle and antibiotics be taken effectively?

    Whilst there is no evidence to suggest that these two medications will affect each other, it is advisable that you speak with your doctor before taking the morning after pill in such a case as this.

  • Will Levonelle be affected by other drugs?

    Levonelle may be affected by:

    • Epilepsy medication
    • Barbiturates
    • Drugs which treat tuberculosis
    • Some HIV treatments
    • Ciclosporin (a drug with immunosuppressive properties which is used to prevent the rejection of transplants and grafts)
    • Some medicines which treat fungal infections e.g. griseofulvin
    • St. John’s Wort.

    If you need to take levonelle, always inform your doctor or the pharmacist of any other medication you take regularly.

  • If you have Crohns disease, can you take Levonelle?

    Levonelle cannot be taken with any medication which affects the way you absorb food. There are also certain health conditions which need to be discussed with the doctor, before you take this morning after medication. These include:

    • Any previous ectopic pregnancy
    • Any problems with your liver
    • Any previous inflammations of the fallopian tubes.

    For anyone under the age of sixteen, advice must first be sought from a local doctor or the family planning clinic.

Authored By:

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Leanne Sinclair


Published on: 29-05-2019

Last modified on: 29-05-2019

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

Reviewed By:

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Reviewed on: 29-05-2021

Next review date: 29-05-2023

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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