What is Norethindrone (norethisterone)?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Estradiol-norethindrone

Norethindrone also known as norethisterone, is a progestin contraceptive agent. It is used for the treatment of amenorrhea; abnormal uterine bleeding; endometriosis; and for the prevention of pregnancy.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 37 16
Endometriosis 16 10
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 14 5
Heavy periods 5 4
Irregular menstrual periods 3 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 4
Moderate 5
Mild 7
None 27

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Norethindrone (norethisterone)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 4
Menstrual spotting 2
Acne 1
Breast tenderness 1
Hirsutism (excessive hair growth) 1
Longer periods 1

Show all 13 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Norethindrone (norethisterone)

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg daily 3
0.35 mg daily 1
25 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Norethindrone (norethisterone)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 13
Doctor's advice 11
Course of treatment ended 6
Did not seem to work 5
Personal research 5
Side effects too severe 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
See all 34 patients who've stopped taking Norethindrone (norethisterone)

Duration

Currently taking Norethindrone (norethisterone)

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Norethindrone (norethisterone)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 38
Usually 5
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 32
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 20
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Norethindrone (norethisterone) after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 3
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 2
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Lo Loestrin FE) 2
Desogestrel (Cerazette) 1
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Sprintec) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Norethindrone (norethisterone) and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 4
etonogestrel (Nexplanon) 2
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 2
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 1
Lorazepam (Ativan) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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4 patient evaluations for Norethindrone (norethisterone)

Mar 30, 2017 (Started Oct 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Good for clear skin and lighter periods. Not as effective as a combo pill. Really must take a the same time every day - even more so than a combo pill.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 27, 2013 (Started Oct 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stopped working)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.35 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 11, 2012 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for menorrhagia (heavy menstrual flow))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

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