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Norethindrone (nor ETH in drone)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Aygestin; Camila; Errin; Heather; Jencycla; Jolivette; Lyza; Nor-QD; Nora-BE; Norlyroc; Ortho Micronor

Brand Names: Canada

Micronor®; Norlutate®

Warning

  • 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.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to prevent 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.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to norethindrone or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like 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 have not started your period.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • 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.
  • Avoid cigarette smoking. People smoking more than 15 cigarettes per day have more chance for heart disease.
  • This drug does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood or having sex. Do not have any kind of sex without using a condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors. Talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, 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, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
  • A lump in the breast or breast soreness.
  • Any rash.
  • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.
  • Feeling dizzy. Have your child get up slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Have your child be extra careful climbing stairs.
  • Breast soreness.
  • Period (menstrual) changes. These include spotting between cycles or very light periods.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • Take tablet with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Take this drug at the same time of day.

What do I do if my child misses a 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.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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