Plan B contraceptive, questionable safety for children
In April of this year, 2013, Federal Judge Edward Korman ordered the Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency contraception, Plan B, to be sold over-the-counter. In June 2013 the Obama administration ended the age restriction, allowing girls of any age to purchase Plan B without a prescription.
ABC News reported: “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA when it recommended that emergency contraception be sold over the counter in December 2011. The FDA spent 10 months reviewing scientific data before making its decision, but Sebelius said there wasn’t enough data to declare the product safe.”
Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a senior medical contributor for ABC News, said women should remember that an emergency contraceptive is not 100 percent effective, and that it carries a risk for irregular bleeding.
Logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2006) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“Ideally, plan B should be used in consultation with a health care provider so these other issues can be addressed,” she said. “Plan B is also not intended to serve as a primary means of contraception.”
Allowing girls of any age to purchase Plan B pills without a doctor’s prescription or consent of a parent is nothing less but foolish. So far, there has been 336 sides effects reported to FDA with eight reported deaths and 42 reported hospitalizations. Plan B pill or Levonorgestrel can cause major interactions with 13 major drugs like Lexiva, used to slow the growth of HIV, Grifulvin V Microsize, an anti-fungal agent used to treat certain fungal infections of the hair, skin and nails or Zanaflex, a muscle relaxer blocking nerve impulses. One can also have major interactions with 157 moderate drug, like Arcet, Bronchia, Glimepiride, Insulin or St. John’s Wort and 23 minor drugs, like Actos, Alcohol, Lipitor or Lopressor.
For the federal government to allow children, girls under the age of 16, to freely obtain Plan B pills is nothing less than child neglect and/or child abuse. Children do not read instructions and will embrace any excuse to exclude their parents or caregiver from knowing about their participation in any improper behavior.
To say Plan B is general safe for women, does not say it is safe for girls under 16 and side effects have been shown to occur,
- Heavy or light menstrual bleeding,
- irregular menstruation,
- pain in the pelvis,
- breast pain, headache, tiredness and dizziness.
Whether combining this pill with other medication or not side effect are real and may need the attention of a doctor; for instants Plan B pill can cause hypertension, skin disorders, abnormal pap smears, upper respiratory infections and depression to name a few.
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The question of safety when taking Plan B is still up in the air today and studies are still being done. If you have taken the Plan B pill and are having problems you can go to Ask a Doctor Online to discuss your side effect with an online doctor.
This article is purely for information on the subject and in no way is medical advice. See your doctor for medical help.