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Norethindrone 0.35mg POP Birth Control (Prescription Product)

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Also called the mini-pill and POP birth control, this progestin-only birth control pill is an option for women who can't take estrogen for medical reasons, are age 35 and older who smoke. Other brand and generic names for norethindrone 0.35mg include Lyza, Heather, Sharobel, Deblitane, Camila, Nora-be, Norlyda, Errin, Jolivette, Jencycla, Micronor, Nor-qd. 28 pills for 1 month. Choose number of packs below, up to a quantity of 6.

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Norethindrone is a progestin-only hormonal birth control prescription medicine. The mini pill is a great alternative for women who cannot take an estrogen-based hormone or a combination pill that contains both progestin and estrogen.

What is norethindrone birth control pill?

Norethindrone, also called progestin, belongs to a class of oral contraceptives referred to as Progestin-Only Pills (POP). 

Progestin is a synthetic and isolated form of the sex hormone progesterone. As an isolate, it doesn’t have the complete properties of the hormone made in the body. In its isolated form of a progestin, the hormone's purpose in birth control is to prevent ovulation. In the endogenous (made in the body) form, progesterone aids in reproduction. 

Progestin-only vs combined birth control pills

A POP pill contains only a progestin. A Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC) contains an estrogen and a progestin.

Why does it matter if I take a POP pill or a combo pill?

If any of these conditions apply to you, a POP birth control pill may be a better choice for you than a combination birth control pill:

  • Over 35 who smoke
  • Have experienced unpleasant side effects from estrogen
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have a history of certain types of cancers such as breast cancer
  • Are at risk for heart disease
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have a history of blood clots
  • Have migraines with aura

How do I take norethindrone?

Take the mini pill norethindrone once daily for 28 consecutive days. It is recommended to take the pill at the exact time each day. During the last week of your cycle, the last 7 pills will contain inactive ingredients. These placebos are included as a reminder to take the pill each day. Although no contraceptive is 100% effective, norethindrone .35mg is considered 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when taken as instructed.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Refer to your patient information package but this is a guideline for one missed dose. If it is within 3 hours of your regularly scheduled time, take the pill ASAP but use a back up non-hormonal contraception for the next 48 hours. If you miss a dose and it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose do not take the missed pill. Just take the regularly scheduled pill.

What are off-label uses for norethindrone?

  • Help reduce the risk of endometriosis
  • Alleviate menstrual migraines
  • Treat difficult symptoms of menopause 
  • Hormone therapy
  • Reduce excess uterine bleeding
  • Suppress the overgrowth of the uterine lining in women on estrogen replacement therapy 
  • Reduce pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhea)

What can I expect when taking norethindrone?

Refer to the patient pamphlet for a full list of possible side effects. A partial list includes

  • Less frequent periods
  • Weight change
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Worsening of acne 
  • Increased hair growth

To ensure that we provide you with the best price, we may substitute one generic for another. 

More Information
Is a Prescription Product Yes
Use or Effects Birth Control
Form Tablet
Drug Class/Pharmacology Progestin-only Pill (POP) Contraceptive
Product Specifics

Norethindrone is a type of birth control pill belonging to the parent drug class progesterone hormones. When taken properly Norethindrone prevents pregnancy. Common brand names are Aygestin, Camila, Errin, Jolivette, Lyza, Nora-BE, and Ortho Micronor. Norethindrone is the active ingredient in the brand name birth control pills and is the FDA-approved generic. 

Norethindrone is also used to treat secondary amenorrhea (absence of menstrual periods in women who have previously had a menstrual period who are not pregnant), endometriosis, and irregular menstrual periods caused by hormonal imbalance.

No contraceptive method is 100% effective. Birth control methods such as having surgery to become sterile or not having sex are more effective than birth control pills. Discuss your options for birth control with your doctor.

This medicine does not protect against HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases. It will not help as emergency contraception, such as after unprotected sexual contact.

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