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Is There a Generic Version of Plan B?

Yes, the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step comes in several generic forms. You can buy Plan B or any of its generics without a prescription. This type of emergency contraceptive is one of only two FDA-approved medications designed to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex.

How It Works

Plan B and its generic forms contain a hormone called levonorgestrel that prevents the ovaries from ovulating, or releasing an egg. They all contain the same effective amount: 1.5 milligrams. If you’ve had unprotected sex or your birth control method didn’t work, you can take the pill to reduce your chances of getting pregnant.

Try to take Plan B or a generic version within three days of having unprotected sex. The sooner you take it, however, the more likely it is to work. Depending on when you take the morning-after pill, it’s 58-95% effective.

Generic Types of Plan B

You can find a variety of generic versions of Plan B at different prices, including:

  • Take Action
  • Next Choice One Dose
  • My Way
  • Econtra EZ
  • Preventeza
  • AfterPill
  • Fallback Solo
  • Opcicon One-Step
  • And more

All of these are safe, effective emergency contraceptive options. You’d use them just as you would Plan B — simply take one pill as soon as possible after having unprotected sex. Next Choice used to come as two pills you took either together or 12 hours apart. The One Dose version allows you to take one pill, just like Plan B.

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