Nor-QD Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 6/29/2021
Nor-QD Side Effects Center

What Is Nor-QD?

Nor-QD (norethindrone 0.35 mg) is a form of progesterone, a female hormone used for birth control (contraception) to prevent pregnancy. Nor-QD is also used to treat menstrual disorders, endometriosis, or abnormal vaginal bleeding caused by a hormone imbalance. Nor-QD is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Nor-QD?

Common side effects of Nor-QD include:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach cramping,
  • bloating,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • tiredness,
  • breast tenderness/pain/swelling,
  • decrease in breast size,
  • acne,
  • oily scalp,
  • hair loss,
  • hair growth,
  • weight gain,
  • vaginal infections/itching/discharge,
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin,
  • skin itching or rash,
  • decreased sex drive.

Periods may be early or late, shorter or longer, heavier or lighter than normal. There may be spotting between menstrual periods, especially during the first several months of use of Nor-QD. Nor-QD may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high. Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Nor-QD including:

  • lumps in the breast,
  • mental/mood changes (such as new/worsening depression),
  • severe stomach or abdominal pain,
  • dark urine, or
  • yellowing eyes or skin.

Dosage for Nor-QD

To achieve maximum contraceptive effectiveness, the dose of Nor-QD must be taken exactly as directed. One tablet is taken every day, at the same time. Administration is continuous, with no interruption between pill packs.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Nor-QD?

Nor-QD may interact with griseofulvin, rifampin, St. John's wort, ketoconazole, itraconazole, barbiturates, or HIV medicines. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Nor-QD During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Nor-QD should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor. This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Nor-QD Tablets (norethindrone 0.35 mg) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


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Nor-QD Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • sudden vision loss, bulging eyes, or severe headache;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • unusual vaginal bleeding;
  • missed menstrual periods;
  • pelvic pain (especially on one side);
  • a breast lump;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • increased thirst, increased urination;
  • liver problems--loss of appetite, stomach pain (upper right side), dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • signs of a blood clot--sudden numbness or weakness, problems with vision or speech, chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling or redness in an arm or leg.

Common side effects may include:

  • irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting;
  • headache;
  • breast pain or swelling;
  • stomach pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting;
  • hair loss;
  • depressed mood, trouble sleeping;
  • weight gain; or
  • vaginal itching or discharge.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Nor-QD (Norethindrone)


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Nor-QD Professional Information


Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Nor-QD (Norethindrone)

© Nor-QD Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Nor-QD Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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