Important Safety Information about NEXPLANON (etonogestrel implant)
- Besides changes in menstrual bleeding patterns, other common side effects reported in women using NEXPLANON during clinical trials include: headaches; vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina); weight gain; acne; breast pain; viral infection such as sore throats or flu-like symptoms; stomach pain; painful periods; mood swings, nervousness, or depressed mood; back pain; nausea; dizziness; pain and pain at the site of insertion.
Insertion and removal of NEXPLANON
Your health care provider will place and remove NEXPLANON in a minor surgical procedure in his or her office. NEXPLANON is inserted just under the skin on the inner side of your upper arm.
The timing of insertion is important. Your health care provider may:
Perform a pregnancy test before inserting NEXPLANON
Schedule the insertion at a specific time of your menstrual cycle (for example, within the first days of your regular menstrual bleeding)
Immediately after the NEXPLANON implant has been placed, you and your health care provider should check that the implant is in your arm by feeling for it.
If you and your health care provider cannot feel the NEXPLANON implant, use a non-hormonal birth control method (such as condoms) until your health care provider confirms that the implant is in place. You may need special test to check that the implant is in place or to help find the implant when it is time to take it out.
Your health care provider will cover the site where NEXPLANON was placed with 2 bandages. Leave the top bandage on for 24 hours. Keep the smaller bandage clean, dry, and in place for 3 to 5 days.
You will be asked to review and sign a consent form prior to inserting the NEXPLANON implant. A consent form is provided for your reference and discussion with your health care provider. You will get a USER CARD to keep at home with your health records. Your health care provider will fill out the USER CARD with the date the implant was inserted and the date the implant is to be removed. Keep track of the date the implant is to be removed. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider to remove the implant on or before the removal date.
Be sure to have checkups as advised by your health care provider.
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