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What Is Norethindrone?

Norethindrone is a form of progesterone, one of the main female sexual hormones. It is available in drug form as Norethindrone acetate, which provides the body with a synthetic form of this hormone. 

It is one of the most common birth control medications in the US and is popularly sold under the brand Aygestin. Other generic brand names include Camila, Jolivette, Heather, and Errin.

This drug is ingested through the mouth and helps prevent pregnancy while tackling a variety of other female sexual health problems. 

How Does Norethindrone Work?

Norethindrone falls under a class of medication called progestins. Medications like this work by encouraging the uterus to produce specific hormones that prevent the lining from growing. 

In this case, Norethindrone increases progesterone production, which can delay periods and prevent ovulation from occurring. Due to elevated progesterone levels, the egg cannot fully develop and therefore will not be fertilized. 

What Is Norethindrone Used For?

Norethindrone is largely used as a contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy. 

However, Norethindrone may also be used to treat some of these common issues: 

  • Menstrual disorders
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Endometriosis

Some individuals may also use this medication to delay periods, though you should always consult with a doctor before doing this. 

What Are The Side Effects Of Norethindrone?

The most common side effects of Norethindrone are: 

  • Irregular vaginal bleeding/periods
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Vaginal itching/discharge
  • Headaches

While this list is long, there’s no guarantee you will see any of these side effects. It varies from person to person, and most issues will clear up within a few hours or days. You should only consult a doctor when you experience these common side effects regularly and they do not go away or worsen. Then, you should seek medical attention and guidance. 

A few of the more severe side effects of Norethindrone to be aware of include: 

  • Blood clots
  • Missed periods
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Vision loss
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Lumps in the breasts
  • Dizziness
  • Issues with your liver

It’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention the moment you notice any of these side effects. They are rare and can have severe consequences unless treated. Stop taking Norethindrone until you have spoken to a medical professional. 

How Do You Take Norethindrone?

As with all birth control prescriptions, your doctor will go through the correct dosages and how to take your medication. It’s also wise to read through the informational sheet that comes with your Norethindrone as it details what not to take or do while using this medication. 

This particular drug is taken orally, typically once daily. You can choose any time of day to take this and no food is needed. It’s important to keep taking your Norethindrone at the same time every day to see the best results for birth control. 

If you run into any issues with Norethindrone or don’t notice any changes, consult with your doctor right away. You may be taking it wrong or you might need a different dose to see the full effects.

Frequently Asked Questions About Norethindrone

What Does Norethindrone Do to the Female Body?

Norethindrone can help with a variety of different female sexual health issues through its main effect—the increase in progesterone.

It helps to prevent ovulation from occurring and also stops the uterine lining from growing, which prevents sperm from entering and fertilizing an egg.

What to Avoid While Taking Norethindrone?

When taking Norethindrone, it’s important to avoid any activities that can interfere with its effectiveness or increase the risk of its side effects.

Some of the things you should avoid are:

  • Smoking – Smoking can increase the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects like blood clots, stroke, or heart attack
  • Alcohol – Excessive alcohol consumption may exacerbate some side effects and could potentially interfere with the medication’s effectiveness.
  • Strenuous Activities – Due to the increased risk of blood clots, you might be advised to avoid long periods of immobility or certain strenuous activities.
  • Skipping Doses – Make sure to take your Norethindrone at the same time every day to ensure it works effectively.
  • Taking Other Medications – Some medications (such as antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and antifungals for example) can react with Norethindrone and increase its side effects, so make sure to discuss any other drugs or supplements you are taking with your doctor before starting on this medication.

The list above is just a quick summary of some of the things you should avoid while taking Norethindrone. Make sure to discuss any other precautions with your healthcare provider before starting your medication.

How Long Does It Take for Norethindrone to Work?

The exact time it takes for norethindrone to become effective will depend on what it is being used for and how consistently it is taken.

If you are using it as a contraceptive, it should be effective immediately if taken within the first five days of your menstrual cycle.

If you start taking it after this five-day period, however, you should use a backup form of contraception for the first 2 days.

What Is the Typical Dosage for Norethindrone?

The dosage will depend on what the medication is being used for. For contraception, a single tablet is taken orally every day for 28 days. For other conditions, a doctor will recommend the appropriate dosage.

It is important to follow the instructions given by your healthcare provider as it can vary from person to person and depending on the condition being treated.

Do You Need a Prescription for Norethindrone?

Yes, you will need a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider in order to obtain Norethindrone.

Can You Get Norethindrone Over-The-Counter (OTC)?

No, you can’t get Norethindrone over-the-counter as it is not available without a valid prescription.


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The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC 

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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.