- Conjugated Estrogens
- Cyproterone Acetate–Ethinyl Estradiol
- Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol
- Drospirenone–Ethinyl Estradiol
- Levonorgestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol
What does Norethindrone/Norethisterone treat?
This is a progestin medication prescribed for endometriosis, to control abnormal uterine bleeding, to treat menstrual disorders in women. In small doses, this also acts as an oral contraceptive. This is a manmade version of the female hormone progesterone. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Norethindrone/Norethisterone dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. They can be taken with or without food. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. This is usually between 2.5 and 10 milligrams.
Missed a dose?
Usually, this medication is taken on a need basis. However, if you have been advised by your physician to take it regularly, take the dose immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms may include severe nausea and vomiting.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Norethindrone/Norethisterone is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Norethindrone/Norethisterone.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with certain anti-seizure medicines and azole antifungal medicines. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Norethindrone/Norethisterone might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be headache, vomiting, dizziness, weight gain or loss, unwanted hair growth, mood swings, nausea, acne, change in menstrual flow and sleeplessness. Serious side effects of this drug are rare and may include chest pain, blurred vision, mood swings, fainting, breathing problems and rash. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Norethindrone/Norethisterone
- Can I use Norethindrone/Norethisterone along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Norethindrone/Norethisterone?
- What is the dosage of Norethindrone/Norethisterone to be used?
- How should I use Norethindrone/Norethisterone?
- How will Norethindrone/Norethisterone work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Norethindrone/Norethisterone be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Norethindrone/Norethisterone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.