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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Norethindrone
Norethindrone
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(nor eth IN drone)

Brand Names
Aygestin®; Micronor®; Nor-QD®

Therapeutic Categories
Contraceptive; Progestin

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

  • This medication should not be used during the first four months of pregnancy. Progestins may cause birth defects to your unborn child. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may be pregnant.


Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to norethindrone or any other part of the medicine.
  • If you have any of the following conditions: A history of blood clots, severe liver disease, breast cancer, unexplained vaginal bleeding.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used for the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance or amenorrhea (no period) where no other cause is found.
  • It is also used to treat endometriosis.


How does it work?

  • Progestins are produced by the body and are used by the body for development of milk-producing glands and for maintenance of the menstrual cycle. It changes the endometrium.


How is it best taken?

  • Take the tablet with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an upset stomach.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Tell healthcare provider if you have had a history of blood clots in legs, arms or lungs or a history of a stroke.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you have breast or any genital cancers.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you have diabetes or lipid (cholesterol) problems.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control that you can trust during and for 1 month after therapy.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
  • Nausea. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
  • Swelling or bloated feeling.
  • Changes in vaginal bleeding.
  • Breast tenderness.


What should I monitor?

  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Swelling/pain of a leg or arm, sudden shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain.
  • Menstrual changes. This includes lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.
  • Depression.
  • Any rash.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store in a tight container at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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