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    • U.S. Brand Names: Aygestin®;Camila®;Errin®;Heather;Jolivette®;Nor-QD®;Nora-BE®;Ortho Micronor®
    • Canadian Brand Names: Micronor®;Norlutate®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Ortho-Novum
    • Pharmacologic Category: Contraceptive;Progestin

    • This medicine is used to prevent pregnancy.
    • This medicine is used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance.
    • This medicine is used to treat endometriosis.
    • This medicine is used to treat females who do not have a menstrual cycle.
    • Norethindrone prevents egg development and ovulation which protects against pregnancy.
    • Progestins are produced by the body and are used for development of milk-producing glands and maintenance of the menstrual cycle.


    How to take

    • Take tablet with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Take this medicine at a similar time of day.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as possible and return to your regular schedule.
    • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
    • Missed dosing information can be found in the package insert or call healthcare provider for instructions.


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



    • Do not take this medicine during the first 4 months of pregnancy. Progestins may cause birth defects. Contact healthcare provider if you think you may be pregnant. This medicine does not prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.
    • This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.


    • If you have an allergy to norethindrone or any other part of this medicine.
    • 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, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
    • If you have any of the following conditions: Blood clots, breast cancer, liver disease, or unexplained vaginal bleeding.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.


    • If you have any circulation problems, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have diabetes, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have high cholesterol, talk with healthcare provider.
    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • To protect against sexually-transmitted diseases, use a latex condom.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.
    • Breast tenderness.
    • Menstrual changes. These include lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.


    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with healthcare provider.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs or symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, abnormal thinking, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Chest pain or pressure.
    • Difficulty breathing.
    • Swelling or pain of leg or arm.
    • Any rash.
    • A lump in the breast or breast tenderness.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • 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.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

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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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