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Norethindrone

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Aygestin®;Camila®;Errin®;Heather;Jolivette®;Nor-QD®;Nora-BE®;Ortho Micronor®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Micronor®;Norlutate®

    Uses
    • It is used to stop pregnancy.
    • It is used to treat uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance.
    • It is used to treat endometriosis.
    • It is used to treat women who do not have a monthly period cycle.
    • Norethindrone stops egg growth and egg release (ovulation) which protects the body from pregnancy.
    • Progestins are made by the body and are used by the milk-making glands and to help the period (menstrual) cycle.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take tablet with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Take this drug at the same time of day.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Missed dosing facts may be found in the package insert or call your doctor to find out what to do.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Do not take this drug during the first 4 months of your pregnancy. Progestins may cause birth defects. Call your doctor if you think you may be pregnant. This drug does not stop the spread of diseases caused by having sex.
    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to norethindrone or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Blood clots, breast cancer, liver disease, or vaginal bleeding.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

    Precautions

    • If you have any blood flow problems, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high cholesterol, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • To protect from diseases caused by having sex, use a latex condom.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Breast soreness.
    • Period (menstrual) changes. These include lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Chest pain or pressure.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Swelling, warmth, or pain in the leg or arm.
    • Any rash.
    • A lump in the breast or breast soreness.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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