Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
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. Common side effects of Nor-QD include:
- stomach cramping,
- breast tenderness/pain/swelling,
- decrease in breast size,
- 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.
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. 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 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.
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.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden headache, confusion, pain behind the eyes, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- pain or swelling in one or both legs;
- migraine headache;
- swelling in your hands or feet, rapid weight gain;
- symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes);
- severe pelvic pain;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling; or
- nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps;
- breast pain, swelling, or tenderness;
- freckles or darkening of facial skin;
- increased acne or hair growth;
- changes in weight;
- vaginal itching or discharge;
- skin itching or rash;
- changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive; or
- mild headache.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Nor-QD (Norethindrone)
- Menstrual irregularity is the most frequently reported side effect.
- Frequent and irregular bleeding are common, while long duration of bleeding episodes and amenorrhea are less likely.
- Headache, breast tenderness, nausea, and dizziness are increased among progestin-only oral contraceptive users in some studies.
- Androgenic side effects such as acne, hirsutism, and weight gain occur rarely.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Nor-QD (Norethindrone)
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