Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol

Where is Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol used?

Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol are used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. This is a combination birth control pill that has female hormones. This is a continuous dosage regimen of a progestin-estrogen combination for oral use. Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol is an FDA-approved prescription that can also be used to:

  • Decrease your risk of ovarian cysts
  • Decrease blood loss and painful periods
  • Make your periods more regular
  • Treat moderate acne in women who are at least 15 years old and have started having menstrual periods

How does Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol work?

This medicine works by inhibiting the release of an egg throughout your menstrual cycle. It also creates vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg. Through that, the lining of the uterus to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg is changed. If a fertilized egg does not attach to the uterus, it passes out of the body.  

How to use Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol?

This prescription is to be taken by mouth usually once daily. Pick a time of the day that is easy for you to remember. Don’t forget to take each pill at the same time each day. You must take it exactly as it is prescribed.

With particular types of birth control pills, the total of progestin and estrogen in each active tablet will be at different intervals in the cycle. As a result, you must follow the package instructions to find the first tablet. Start with the first tablet in the pack and take them in the correct order. You should not skip any doses. If you missed a dose, call your doctor right away.

Vaginal bleeding of several amounts might happen between your regular menstrual periods during the first 3 months of use. If this happens, continue with your regular dosing. The bleeding usually stops within a week. If the bleeding continues for more than 1 week, check with your doctor.

What are the precautions in taking Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol?

  • Before using this pill, tell your doctor if you have any allergies.
  • This is not recommended if you have a history of heart attack, blood clots, or stroke.
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had liver problems, asthma, migraines, or a thyroid disorder.
  • Your doctor must be checking your improvement at regular visits to check that this medication is working well. Your doctor should also make sure that this medication does not cause unwanted effects. The visits will typically be every 6 to 12 months. Your doctor may also want to check your blood pressure while taking this medicine.
  • Even though you are using this medication to avoid pregnancy, you must know that using this while you are pregnant might harm the unborn baby. If you think you are pregnant while taking this medication, tell your doctor right away. Make sure your doctor knows if you had given birth within 4 weeks before you start using the medicine.