norethindrone (oral - Camila, Errin, Heather, Jencycla, Nor QD, Nora-BE, Ortho Micronor, Incassia)

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    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

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Is norethindrone birth control pill available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for norethindrone birth control pill?

Yes

Why is norethindrone birth control pill used?

  • Norethindrone is used for the prevention of pregnancy.

What are the side effects of norethindrone birth control pill?

Common side effects of norethindrone include:

Other possible side effects of norethindrone include:

Possible serious side effects of norethindrone include:

What is the dosage for norethindrone birth control pill?

  • The recommended dose is one tablet daily at the same time of the day.

Which drugs or supplements interact with norethindrone birth control pill?

A number of medications can decrease the blood levels of norethindrone by increasing its elimination in the liver. Examples of medications that increase the elimination of estrogens include:

Is norethindrone birth control pill safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

  • Oral contraceptives are generally avoided during pregnancy. Use of norethindrone during pregnancy has been associated with masculinization of female infants.
  • Small amounts of progestin pass into breast milk and are detectable in the infant. Use of birth control pills during lactation has been associated with decreased milk production. Norethindrone may be used by breastfeeding women.

What else should I know about norethindrone birth control pill?

What preparations of norethindrone birth control pill are available?
  • Tablets: 0.35 mg
How should I keep norethindrone birth control pill stored?
  • Norethindrone tablets should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).
How does norethindrone birth control pill work?
  • Norethindrone is a progestin, and progestins prevent pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation (release of the egg), making it more difficult for sperm to penetrate the uterine mucus that surrounds the egg, and therefore, for fertilization to take place. Progestins also change the uterine lining to prevent the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.
When was norethindrone birth control pill approved by the FDA?
  • The FDA approved norethindrone in January, 1973.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

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Reviewed on 11/15/2016
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REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

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