SYNTHETIC STEROID HORMONE
Nexplanon is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent pregnancy. Nexplanon is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Nexplanon is also referred to by its drug name, etonogestrel.
Nexplanon is a synthetic steroid hormone called progestin. In cases of endometriosis, Nexplanon is believed to work by changing hormone levels and controlling the growth of the uterine lining.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Nexplanon is implanted by a physician into the upper arm, where it can remain effective for up to three years before removal.
Nexplanon should be used exactly as prescribed by a physician.
The FDA-approved label for Nexplanon lists common side effects including change in menstrual bleeding pattern, headache, vaginal infection, weight gain, acne, breast pain, abdominal pain, and pharyngitis.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Nexplanon include ectopic pregnancy, blood clots, liver disease, high blood pressure, changes in menstrual bleeding, and metabolic effects in people with diabetes or prediabetes.
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Nexplanon — Merck
Nexplanon — RxList
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