Generic Norlutate (Norethindrone Acetate 5mg)

Norethindrone tablet

What is this medicine?

NORETHINDRONE is a female hormone. This medicine is used to treat endometriosis,uterine bleeding caused by abnormal hormone levels, and secondaryamenorrhea. Secondary amenorrhea is when a woman stops getting menstrualperiods due to low levels of certain female hormones.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • blood vessel disease or blood clots
  • breast, cervical, or vaginal cancer
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • mental depression
  • migraine
  • seizures
  • stroke
  • vaginal bleeding
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to norethindrone, othermedicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. You may take thismedicine with or without food. Follow the directions on the prescriptionlabel. Take this medicine at the same time each day. Do not take yourmedicine more often than directed.A patient information sheet will be given with each prescription andrefill. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may changefrequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine inchildren. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time foryour next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • amprenavir or fosamprenavir
  • bosentan

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antibiotics or medicines for infections, especially rifampin,rifabutin, rifapentine, and griseofulvin, and possibly penicillins ortetracyclines
  • aprepitant
  • barbiturate medicines, such as phenobarbital
  • carbamazepine
  • felbamate
  • modafinil
  • oxcarbazepine
  • phenytoin
  • ritonavir or other medicines for HIV infection or AIDS
  • St. John's wort
  • topiramate

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on yourprogress. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam and Pap smearwhile on this medicine.

If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop taking thismedicine right away and contact your doctor or health care professional.

If you are taking this medicine for hormone related problems, it maytake several cycles of use to see improvement in your condition.

What side effects may I notice from this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health careprofessional as soon as possible:

  • breast tenderness or discharge
  • pain in the abdomen, chest, groin or leg
  • severe headache
  • skin rash, itching, or hives
  • sudden shortness of breath
  • unusually weak or tired
  • vision or speech problems
  • yellowing of skin or eyes

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention(report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue orare bothersome):

  • changes in sexual desire
  • change in menstrual flow
  • facial hair growth
  • fluid retention and swelling
  • headache
  • irritability
  • nausea
  • weight gain or loss

This list may not describe all possible side effects.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degreesF). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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