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What is Norethindrone:
Uses, Warnings, and FAQ

By Lizzie De La Cruz
March 30, 2022

Those who suffer from abnormal menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, and other menstrual disorders may benefit from using Norethindrone to delay their period or regulate it better. It is important to note that Norethindrone is the generic name of the drug, and there are various brands of it. Some brands are specifically designed as a contraceptive, and others are branded for treating abnormal menstrual issues. Be sure you know which you have and how to use it.

How to use Norethindrone

  1. Step one: talk to your doctor. When you are using Norethindrone to regulate an abnormal period, or to delay your period, you'll need to follow your doctor's directions to ensure the success of the treatment.
  2. Step two: take Norethindrone in the dosage and manner prescribed for the length of time you've been instructed to by your doctor. They will very like want to check in with you to see how you are doing on the medication before prescribing the next dose.
  3. Step three: If you've successfully delayed your period with Norethindrone, continue use as directed by your doctor, with frequent check-ins with your medical provider.
  4. Important note: Hold onto the patient information leaflet that comes with your prescription and make sure you consult it as required.


You should never use Norethindrone without the supervision of a doctor and pharmacist. Norethindrone is not safe for those who have suffered from heart issues, stroke, or certain types of cancer or tumor. Make sure you disclose all health irregularities to your doctor when determining if using Norethindrone to delay periods is safe for you. If you are pregnant, Norethindrone is not safe. If you are breastfeeding, it may not be advisable to use. Consult with your doctor if you used Norethindrone before pregnancy, are now breastfeeding, and are considering using Norethindrone again.

Are there any drug interactions to worry about?

Yes. On top of avoiding smoking entirely, you should also not mix Norethindrone with St. John's Wort, antibiotics, antifungals, and medicines that treat tuberculosis, seizures or HIV/AIDS. Some vitamins and supplements may also be problematic. Consult your pharmacist for a full understanding of what may not work well with Norethindrone.

Will Norethindrone work to delay a period?

Using Norethindrone will help you regulate your cycle and delay your period until a more convenient time. When taken as directed, you will be able to predict the arrival of your period within a day or so. When prescribed to assist with abnormal menstrual flow and other symptoms, it can be very effective when taken as prescribed. If you're looking for a more longterm solution for managing your period, many birth control pills can reduce your period symptoms or the number of periods you have every year. Seasonique is one example---this pill is designed so you only have 4 periods a year, and you can also talk to your doctor about skipping the regular sugar pills in the pill packs so you eliminate your period altogether. This is generally safe to do, just check in with your doctor!

Where do I get Norethindrone?

Do you think Norethindrone sounds like it might be right for you? Visit your doctor, or consult a doctor from Wisp today to see if you are a good candidate for Norethindrone and to get started.

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