Anyone ever taken plan b?

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   Posted 10/10/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
This morning my husband and I had sex and as he was pulling out the condom came off.  The "fluid" was inside of it.  The condom was just a little ways inside me, less than a half an inch.  I am not on birth control (other than the condoms) and do not want to get pregnant.  But, I started to flare two weeks ago and went on my really strict diet and have pretty much come back out of it.  But I am still being very careful w/ what I eat.  I'm afraid taking the morning after pill would make me sick since it is basically super charged birth control.  When I was on BC if I ever took 2 in one day I would throw up.  I read online that people w/ sensitive stomachs should eat a full meal and take dramamine an hour before taking it.  It is a long weekend.  But, I feel like my risk of pregnancy is really low and I might just chance it.
Anyone ever take it? Side effects? Advice?
27 Year old married female lawyer.  Diagnosed w/ CD 5 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For Crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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   Posted 10/10/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a similar thing happen to me when I was in college and took Plan B. Back then it was two pills (I think it's only one now, right?).

However, this was years before I was diagnosed or even having any stomach issues, so I can't speak to taking Plan B with Crohn's and especially not while flaring. I can say I have always had a sensitive stomach and the medicine didn't seem to upset it. I think that if anything made me sick, it would be the fear that I could have been pregnant.

IMHO, a weekend of potentially being sick is well worth nipping any chance -- no matter how small -- of becoming pregnant when you are not at a point in your life when you are ready/willing to become pregnant. I know the likelihood is probably approaching zero, but why risk it? Especially if you are like me and will spend the next few weeks worrying about it, which could also make you sick.

I'm sorry you have to deal with this. I would follow the advice you've found online and hopefully the combination of eating before + the dramamine will minimize any side effects.
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10/09: Prometheus test shows results consistent with UC
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   Posted 10/10/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never taken plan b, but if I miss a pill and take one in the morning and then take my next scheduled dose at night I will get slightly nauseous. Do you have any anti nausea meds that you could take? If it was me and I was afraid of an unplanned pregnancy, I would risk the sick weekend.

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Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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   Posted 10/10/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
when my doc diagnosed me with crohn's disease, i then had to formulate a plan b and i've been taking it every day since. uh oh, for some reason i dont think i'm responding to the right topic of this thread....
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 10/10/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL :) thanks for the light hearted moment Harry!

No, I have never taken it, but I also think it is best to prevent prego. I wonder where you are in your cycle (if you are willing to risk it), although I know plenty of r method babies.
I know you are worried about the new job. But I would think plan b would be better then risking other issues.
Whatever you decide be gentle with yourself.
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   Posted 10/11/2009 2:00 AM (GMT -6)   
took it once in college..i threw it all up and couldn't finish the was a bit different back was several pills...

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   Posted 10/11/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Yup, at the time I was in remission though.
When I went to get it they spent half hour consulting with other doctors in the place as no one knew if I should take it or not as in the leaflet it specified Crohn's as being an issue (due to malabsorption) and were threatening to fit me with a coil instead! But then they decided that as I was in remission to take it and see if I had side-effects and that if I didn't have side-effects they'd assume I hadn't absorbed it and to come back for the coil (on methotrexate they didn't want to chance a pregnancy) so I took it (2 pills in one go) and oh dear lord the side effects were horrific! I needed to be sick so badly but wouldn't let myself for at least 12 hours so i wouldn't fail, felt sick AND was being sick for about 3 days and bled for 9! It didn't make me flare after though but I was younger then and very fit and been in remissioon for over a year, but despite those side-effects I'd probably choose that over chancing having to have an abortion.
Its probably worth going and talking to someone at a clinic or wherever and they might be able to help you establish whether its necessary or not and weigh up pro's and con's?

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   Posted 10/11/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I have as recently as July - make sure you take it with 2 gravol and go straight to bed. You will sleep through most of the side effects.
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- Put on Salofalk, UGH caused more bad than good.
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA & possible Seton surgery Oct 14-09 - WISH ME LUCK
- No meds currently except flagyl and percs for pain

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   Posted 10/11/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I've taken it twice, once in highschool before I was diagnosed and once last year while I was in a flare.  I had no side effects either time. But do be sure to eat something when you take it, you don't want to have an empty stomach....then take a nap. You should be fine.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
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Next Surgery: Sept 4, 2009 to Take Down Abdominal Fistula!!  (On hold until current flare is under control, boo!)

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   Posted 10/18/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Ask your pharmacist---they are in charge of dispensing Plan B as over the counter and would know side effects, risks, etc...

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   Posted 10/18/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken it twice, both times before I got diagnosed, although one time was during my first flare. I didn't have any side effects either time, but if I remember correctly, the main side effects would be nausea/vomiting and I'm pretty sure you can have some spotting with it. I would highly suggest taking gravol before if you're worried you'll throw it up. I didn't have to do this, however, and the time I was flaring, I was throwing up a lot anyway, but the Plan B didn't seem to increase the frequency for me. I guess I'm lucky though. I think I took both pills at once too, I can't really remember though. I'd just go ahead and take it, any potential side effects are probably better than a pregnancy if you don't want one.

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   Posted 10/18/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken Plan B as a teenage (not knowing I had CD at the time ) and I didn't cause any sort of stomach problems.
I think you should be ok in take Plan B (they gave it to me because I suffer migraines so they can't give me day after pill)
I would ask your pharmacist
Tracy from Montreal,Diagnosed with CD at age 18 but went undiagnosed for 10 years. 17 years with CD, Remicade for 1 year 4 months. Caused remi induced RA, crippled for 8 months
on humira, working for RA but CD is getting worse everyday,been on humira only 4 weeks
Pantasa 8 tabs a day
Provacede 1 daily for the ulcer's
Imuran 1 and half tabs (50mg)
Previous meds: Pantoloc, Predizone, tapered down from 10 pills 8 different times.(horrible side effects),Lots more,list is way to long.
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