From Pharmacy Drug Guide
Plan B®, also referred to as the "morning after pill," is an over-the-counter emergency contraceptive designed to prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of an unprotected sexual encounter or failure of birth control methods. The active ingredient in Plan B® is levonorgestrel, which requires a prescription for all patients under the age of 17.
The price of emergency contraceptive pills such as Plan B One-Step® and Next Choice®, its generic counterpart, vary by pharmacy. Typically, the price for Plan B® ranges from $35 – $65. When purchased over the counter, the Plan B® cost is not covered by insurance. Plan B® Coupons and discounts are available online from the official website, as well as from doctors, pharmacists, or Planned Parenthood offices.
|Brand name for||Levonorgestrel|
|Manufacturer||Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.|
|Uses||Taken orally within 72 hours after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure to prevent an unintended pregnancy|
|Side effects||Similar to those when taking oral contraception; e.g., changes in menstruation cycle, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness|
|Types of coupons||Printable coupons and special offers|
|Disclaimer||The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide.com is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.|
About Plan B
Plan B®, which is administered as a single dose tablet, does not affect an existing pregnancy or cause harm to a developing fetus. If taken as directed, it works by either preventing ovulation, preventing egg fertilization by sperm, or preventing implantation in the endometrium. Plan B® is not effective, however, against pregnancy once the implantation process has begun.
Because over-the-counter Plan B® sales are limited to those 17 and older, the emergency contraceptive is typically stored behind the counter so that customers do not have direct access to the product. However, pharmacists operating within Hawaii, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont Alaska, New Mexico, Washington, and New Hampshire may receive training and certification to prescribe Plan B® to patients under age 17 directly. 
Plan B Patient Assistance Programs and Coupons
Coupons and health discount plans are available to help defray the cost of Plan B®:
- A $5 off printable coupon is available from the official Plan B® website.
- Local health departments sometimes offer income-based programs that provide emergency contraceptive pills for free or at a reduced cost.
- Planned Parenthood Centers usually offer a sliding fee scale so that services and medications are less expensive for lower income patients. They may also help patients to use either Medicaid or insurance coverage to purchase emergency contraception. Some offices will distribute Plan B® and other birth control medications for free to eligible patients.
- Medicaid generally covers emergency contraception services and prescriptions. In some states, Medicaid also covers over-the-counter Plan B® purchases.
- For those who do not qualify for Medicaid, some states have a family planning waiver in place that will provide free or discounted emergency contraceptive services.
- Insurance providers may cover prescription Plan B®. If this is the case, patients will need to contact a clinic or doctor's office before purchasing at the pharmacy.
Plan B Coupons