Norethindrone is a form of progesterone, a female hormone. Norethindrone prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.

Norethindrone is used for birth control (contraception) to prevent pregnancy. Norethindrone is also used to treat menstrual disorders, endometriosis, or abnormal vaginal bleeding caused by a hormone imbalance.

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  • Aygestin, Camila, Errin, Jolivette, Nor-QD, Nora-Be, Ortho Micronor
  • More common
    Frequent and irregular bleeding
    menstrual changes
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    blue-yellow color blindness
    blurred vision
    breast pain
    changes in menstrual period
    changes in vision
    clay-colored stools
    dark urine
    decreased vision
    difficulty with swallowing
    double vision
    eye pain
    fast heartbeat
    feeling sad or empty
    general tiredness and weakness
    heavy non-menstrual vaginal bleeding
    hives, itching, or rash
    lack of appetite
    light-colored stools
    light vaginal bleeding between regular menstrual periods
    loss of interest or pleasure
    migraine headache
    nausea and vomiting
    numbness of the hands
    pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    tightness in the chest
    trouble concentrating
    trouble sleeping
    unpleasant breath odor
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    upper right abdominal or stomach pain
    vomiting of blood
    yellow eyes and skin
    Some norethindrone side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Breast tenderness
    increased hair growth, especially on the face
    weight gain
    Incidence not known
    Brown, blotchy spots on exposed skin
    enlarged breasts
    hair loss or thinning of the hair
    mood swings
    weight changes
  • (norethindrone) tablet
  • Birth Control

    Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and also cause changes in your cervical and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Yaz is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to treat moderate acne in women who are at least 14 years old and have started having menstrual periods, and who wish to use birth control pills to prevent pregnancy. Yaz is also used to treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), such as anxiety, depression, irritability, trouble concentrating, lack of energy, sleep or appetite changes, breast tenderness, joint or muscle pain, headache, and weight gain.