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

November 25, 2013  |  

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.”

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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