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Nor-QD

Nor-QD

SIDE EFFECTS

Read the Nor-QD (norethindrone) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

DRUG INTERACTIONS

Change in contraceptive effectiveness associated with co-administration of other products:

  1. Anti-infective agents and anticonvulsants. Contraceptive effectiveness may be reduced when hormonal contraceptives are co-administered with antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and other drugs that increase the metabolism of contraceptive steroids. This could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. Examples include rifampin, barbiturates, phenylbutazone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, felbamate, oxcarbazepine, topiramate, and griseofulvin.
  2. Anti-HIV protease inhibitors. Several of the anti-HIV protease inhibitors have been studied with co-administration of oral contraceptives; significant changes (increase and decrease) in the plasma levels of the estrogen and progestin have been noted in some cases. The safety and efficacy of OC products may be affected with the co-administration of anti-HIV protease inhibitors. Health care providers should refer to the label of the individual anti-HIV protease inhibitors for further drug-drug interaction information.
  3. Herbal products. Herbal products containing St. John's Wort (hypericum perforatum) may induce hepatic enzymes(cytochrome P450) and p-glycoprotein transporter and may reduce the effectiveness of contraceptive steroids. This may also result in breakthrough bleeding.

Interactions with laboratory tests

The following endocrine tests may be affected by progestin-only oral contraceptive use:

  • Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) concentrations may be decreased.
  • Thyroxine concentrations may be decreased, due to a decrease in thyroid binding globulin (TBG).

Read the Nor-QD Drug Interactions Center for a complete guide to possible interactions

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/28/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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