Post # 1
I came across this today and I’m kind of shocked. As someone who weighed over or at 165 until recently and has used this on a couple occasions I’m shocked/annoyed/concerned that the packaging doesn’t tell you this. It’s also kind of a weird threshold.
Thought this should be shared…
Post # 3
@MsGinkgo: Thanks for sharing this. It actually works the same way with BC pills. I’ve always been at the higher weight range for my height, and I remember my ob/gyn suggesting I lose 5 pounds to make BC pills more effective.
Post # 4
I’m 170ish-180lbs depending on the day and Ive used this a couple times…scary to think it was useless lol
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It’s not really that surprising that yet another medication or medical treatment that loses its effectiveness once the user is over a certain weight. But weight should definitely be considered when testing and then making recommendations for dosages. They do it for children’s medications, why not for adult medications?
Post # 6
@beachbride1216: So true. For children medication is dosed so specifically based on weight, but for adults it is one size fits all. I mean, It’s easier that way, but probably not quite as effective.
I wonder why they can’t, or don’t, make differen’t dosages for different weights. It seems like there would be a market for it.
Post # 7
@CherryL: I took this at Christmas last year when I was right around 170, scary to think it might have been dumb luck that prevented baby.
@beachbride1216: It’s true – you’d think there would be a warning or a notice letting you know that for weights between A&B you need Xmgs and if you’re B-C you need Ymgs. I imagine the same runs true for a lot of drugs.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
Interesting – I mean I guess it makes sense! I wonder if they’ll introduce another pill for the bigger girls? (Assuming increasing dosage makes it unsafe for smaller girls, I dunno how this all works)
Post # 9
@MsGinkgo: It isn’t just Plan B… all birth control pills can get less effective over 175lbs. I have heard it a lot before from my doctor, but no patient likes to hear it. http://www.livescience.com/10743-birth-control-effectiveness-linked-weight.html
Post # 10
I was about 135 when it didn’t work for me!
Post # 11
@MrsNewDay: @Pollywog: I was really teeny when I was on the pill (like you’d swaer I was anorexic teeny). But no one ever mentioned a ‘weight limit’ when it was prescribed.
Post # 12
@MsGinkgo: I was too– like 130 at 5′ 9. My doctor mentioned it because we were disucssing failure rates. He told me if I didn’t gain 40 lbs and did what I was supposed to, I would be fine.
Post # 13
@MsGinkgo: Haha, my DH sent me a text yesterday saying that they’ve found that the morning after pill is only effective for people under 165. I responded that anyone older than 165 was a wizard and wizards probably don’t need birth control anyway 😛 He forgot to add “lbs” I was truly confused at first by what he meant.
That is crazy though. As someone who is closer to 230 lbs and has relied on Plan B a few times in the past, it’s kinda scary.
Post # 14
I really don’t like that this study is saying that women who weigh over 175 are considered heavy or obese. Many women are tall and this weight does not put them in the obese category.
I have taken Plan B twice and neither time have I been told about any weight restrictions by the pharmacist. They should really tell someone! I dont know how much you pay in Canada but it is not cheap here.
Post # 15
@SaraP2012: That’s my thought too – 175 is not overweight for everyone.
It’s not cheap here either, but it’s also available off the shelf, you don’t need to talk to a pharmacist in Ontario (at least not in the GTA).
Post # 16
Wow. I never knew this. It makes sense though. They should do a better job of informing their users.