Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol is a contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. This medication may also be used to make your periods more regular. It lessens blood loss and painful periods. Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol can as well decrease your risk of ovarian cysts and treat acne.
How do Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol work?
Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol works by preventing the release of an egg during the menstrual cycle. This makes the vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg. This also changes the ling of the uterus to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. If a fertilized egg does not attach to the uterus, it passes out of the body.
Why use Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol?
Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol is a combination birth control pill that contains female hormones. It is to prevent ovulation or the release of an egg from an ovary. This is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001. Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol is supplied as a tablet for oral administration.
How to use Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol?
Take this medication once a day or as directed by your doctor. This is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Swallow the tablet as a whole. Do not break or crush it. Pick a time of day that is easy for you to remember and take each pill at the same time each day. You may take each pill with or without food. Take it with food if it causes an upset stomach. It is very important that you take this exactly as it is prescribed. Do not skip any doses. If you missed a dose, call your doctor for instructions.
What are the side effects of Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol?
- Stomach cramping
- Vaginal discomfort or irritation
- Breast tenderness
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Freckles or darkening of facial skin
- Increased hair growth
Warnings and Precautions
- Call your doctor right away if there are any signs of an allergic reaction.
- Do not use this pill if you are pregnant or if you recently had a baby.
- If you miss 2 periods in a row, take a pregnancy test before starting a new cycle.
- You should not take this contraceptive if you smoke or if you are over 35 years old.
- Protect this medication from light and keep in a safe place far from the reach of children.