Over 176 Pounds? The Morning-After Pill May Not Work For You

November 25, 2013  |  

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It looks like there may be some bad news for sexually active women who weigh over 176 pounds. According to Mother Jones, a European pharmaceutical company who is responsible for producing an emergency contraceptive pill, Norlevo, which is identical to the Plan B pill, recently released a disclaimer, warning consumers that the pill may be ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds. The company will reportedly repackage Norlevo with a notice informing consumers of the company’s recent findings regarding the drug’s potential weight restrictions, which will read:

“Studies suggest that Norlevo is less effective in women weighing [165 pounds] or more and not effective in women weighing [176 pounds] or more” and that Norlevo “is not recommended…if you weigh [165 pounds] or more.”

Source: Mother Jones

If their findings turn out to be true, American women may also have something to worry about, as Norvelo is reportedly chemically identical to American emergency contraceptive drugs including Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One-Dose and My Way. The FDA has yet to comment on this finding; however, according to the CDC, the average American woman weighs 166, while the average Black woman weighs 186.


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