Aygestin; Camila; Deblitane; Errin; Heather; Jencycla; Jolivette; Lyza; Nor-QD [DSC]; Nora-BE; Norlyda; Norlyroc; Ortho Micronor; Sharobel
Jencycla; Micronor; Movisse; Norlutate
- Smoking cigarettes while using this drug raises the chance of very bad heart and blood-related side effects. This chance is raised with age (mainly in women older than 35 years of age). It is also raised with the number of cigarettes smoked. It is strongly advised not to smoke.
- 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 females who do not have a monthly period cycle.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
For all patients taking 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 are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
- If you have had any of these health problems: Bleeding disorder; blood clots or risk of having a blood clot; breast cancer; liver disease; liver tumors; recent heart attack; or recent stroke.
- If you have had any of these health problems: Cancer of the uterus, ovary, cervix, or vagina; or vaginal bleeding where the cause is not known.
- If your child has not had her first period.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this drug affects you.
- This drug may raise the chance of blood clots, a stroke, or a heart attack. Talk with the doctor.
- Some studies have shown the risk of breast cancer is raised in women taking birth control pills, especially at a younger age. This includes birth control pills that have drugs like this one in them. The risk was also linked to how long the birth control pills were taken. One study showed the risk of breast cancer was also raised in women who took birth control pills within the past 10 years. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Be sure to have regular breast exams and gynecology check-ups. Your doctor will tell you how often to have these. You will also need to do breast self-exams as your doctor has told you. Talk with your doctor.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this drug.
- If you have any signs of pregnancy or if you have a positive pregnancy test, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Certain drugs, herbal products, or health problems could cause this drug to not work as well. Be sure your doctor knows about all of your drugs and health problems.
- 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 latex or polyurethane condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors. Talk with your doctor.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT):
- This drug is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.
- 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, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Shortness of breath.
- Coughing up blood.
- Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
- Very bad headache.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Bulging eyes.
- Change in eyesight.
- Loss of eyesight.
- A lump in the breast, breast soreness, or nipple discharge.
- Breast pain.
- Vaginal itching or discharge.
- Vaginal bleeding that is not normal.
- Low mood (depression).
- Mood changes.
- Swelling in the feet or hands.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Breast soreness.
- Not able to sleep.
- Pimples (acne).
- Weight gain.
- This drug may cause dark patches of skin on your face. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
- Period (menstrual) changes. These include spotting or bleeding between cycles.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT):
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Take tablet with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- Take this drug at the same time of day.
- If you throw up or have diarrhea, this drug may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. Use an extra form of birth control, like condoms, until you check with your doctor.
- Do not skip doses, even if you are spotting, bleeding, or feel sick to your stomach.
- If you miss 2 periods in a row, take a pregnancy test before starting a new cycle.
- If a dose is missed, check the package insert or call the doctor to find out what to do. If using this drug to prevent pregnancy, another form of birth control may need to be used for some time to prevent pregnancy.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT):
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting 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 doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- 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.