How to Take Norethisterone

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Oral contraceptives are pills that help prevent pregnancy and can delay the onset of a woman's period. A period is a naturally occurring event that happens each month and is proof that a woman is able to bear children. Norethisterone is a form of the hormone progestin, which will help prevent pregnancy by altering the lining of the uterus and making it thicker. The pills can also be used to prevent a period in the following month if taken at the correct time.

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Things you need

  • Norethisterone pills

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    Check the instructions contained in the leaflet that accompanies your medication to find out about possible side effects and other information that is important to your health.

  2. 2

    Take one Norethisterone pill on the day that your period begins, then take a single dose each day at the same time, if using the pill to prevent pregnancy.

  3. 3

    Take one Norethisterone pill on the day that your period begins one month before you want to prevent your next period. Then, continue to take a single pill at the same time each day for the following month.

  4. 4

    Avoid missing a dose entirely or taking a dose more than three hours later, but if you do, use a secondary method of birth control, if you are trying to avoid pregnancy.

  5. 5

    Complete the entire prescription, which takes one month, then begin the next month's packet normally, taking a single pill 24 hours after the last dose in order to avoid interrupting the cycle.

Tips and warnings

  • Norethisterone may be taken with or without food.
  • Norethisterone should be taken every 24 hours in order to keep a constant stream of hormones in the body.
  • Store Norethisterone in a cool, dry place to maintain effectiveness.
  • Do not take Norethisterone if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
  • Do not smoke while taking Norethisterone, as it can increase the chances of a stroke.

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