Brand Name: Examples include Norinyl 1 + 50 and Ortho-Novum 1/50
Generic Name: Mestranol/Norethindrone (MES-tra-nole/nor-eth-IN-drone)
Average Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5
Norinyl (also known by the generic name Norethindrone/Ethinyl estradiol) is a medication that is used to prevent pregnancy. It is also sometimes used to treat and control severe acne. It is made of a combination of synthetic female hormones.
It works to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation and by changing the integrity of the uterine lining and cervical mucus, thereby making it harder for sperm to reach an egg.
What are the side effects of using Norinyl (Norethindrone/Ethinyl estradiol)?
Side effects associated with the use of Norinyl may include mild nausea, headache, dizziness, hair loss, swollen or painful breasts, mood changes, and decreased sex drive.
More severe side effects are possible and may include chest pain or pressure, sweating, numbness or tingling anywhere in the body, severe headache, confusion, swelling of the limbs, stomach pain, vomiting, menstrual bleeding, yellowing or other changes of the skin, and lumps in the breasts. Contact your doctor right away if you experience these or any other unusual symptoms while using Norinyl.
Allergic reactions are possible when using this drug and include a sudden rash, itchiness or swelling of the skin, mouth, or throat, and difficulty breathing. If you suspect an allergic reaction while taking Norinyl, seek emergency medical care.
What precautions are advised when using Norinyl (Norethindrone/Ethinyl estradiol)?
There are other drugs that may interfere with the way Norinyl works in your body including acetaminophen, certain antibiotics, immunosuppressant drugs, corticosteroids, asthma drugs, other herbal or other nutritional supplements you may be taking. Discuss these with your doctor.
It is advised that women taking Norinyl (Tri-Norinyl) do not smoke, as smoking can increase the chance of developing blood clots and stroke. Smoking can also decrease the effectiveness of Tri-Norinyl.
Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Norinyl.
What happens in case of overdose with Norinyl (Norethindrone/Ethinyl estradiol)?
Overdoses with Norinyl may include nausea, vomiting, vaginal bleeding, as well as any of the side effects listed previously. Contact a doctor right away if you suspect you have taken an overdose of this drug.
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