11 . December , 2018 - Tuesday
Check todays hot topics or new products

Find a Drug: Advanced

Please Sign in or Register

All about: Norethindrone Acetate

Big Image Pronouncation: (nor-eth-IN-drone ASS-uh-TATE)
Class: Progestin

Trade Names:
- Tablets 5 mg

Norlutate (Canada)

Mechanism of Action


Inhibits secretion of pituitary gonadotropins, thereby preventing follicular maturation and ovulation.



Norethindrone acetate is rapidly absorbed from GI tract. T max is approximately 2 hr.


Rapid distribution of dorethindrone acetate.


Norethindrone is metabolized in the liver.


Norethindrone elimination is rapid, primarily in feces.

Indications and Usage

Treatment of secondary amenorrhea; endometriosis; abnormal uterine bleeding caused by hormonal imbalance in the absence of organic pathology (eg, uterine cancer).


Thrombophlebitis, thrombolic disorders, cerebral apoplexy, or a history of these conditions; markedly impaired liver function or liver disease; known or suspected carcinoma of the breast; undiagnosed vaginal bleeding; missed abortion; as a diagnostic test for pregnancy.

Dosage and Administration

Secondary Amenorrhea, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

PO 2.5 to 10 mg/day for 5 to 10 days during second half of the theoretical menstrual cycle.


PO 5 mg/day initially for 2 wk, then increase in increments of 2.5 mg/day q 2 wk until 15 mg/day is achieved. Therapy may be continued at this level for 6 to 9 mo or until breakthrough bleeding demands temporary termination.

General Advice

  • Administer once daily, without regard to meals. Administer with food if GI upset occurs.


Store at controlled room temperature (59° to 86°F).

Drug Interactions


Elimination of norethindrone may be increased, decreasing the therapeutic effect.

Laboratory Test Interactions

Pregnanediol determinations may be altered; thyroid and LFT results may be affected; increased amounts of coagulation factors; reduced response to metyrapone test.

Adverse Reactions


Thrombophlebitis; cerebral thrombosis and embolism; hypertension; edema.


Depression; changes in libido; changes in appetite; headache; nervousness; dizziness; fatigue.


Allergic rash; melasma; chloasma; hirsutism; alopecia; erythema multiforme; erythema nodosum; hemorrhagic eruption; itching.


Neuro-ocular lesions (eg, retinal thrombosis, optic neuritis).


Breakthrough bleeding; spotting; amenorrhea; increased cervical erosion and secretion; cystitis.


Cholestatic jaundice.


Weight gain and loss.


Pulmonary embolism.


Premenstrual syndrome; backache.



Category X .


Excreted in breast milk.


Safety and efficacy not established.

Fluid retention

Use with careful observation when conditions that might be affected by fluid retention are present (eg, asthma, cardiac or renal dysfunction, epilepsy).

Mental depression

Carefully observe patients with history of depression.

Ophthalmic effects

Discontinue therapy if there are any sudden changes in vision or onset of proptosis, diplopia, migraine, papilledema, or retinal vascular lesions.

Patient Information

  • Explain name, dose, action and potential side effects of drug.
  • Instruct patient to take once daily as prescribed.
  • Advise patient that medication can be taken without regard to meals, but to take with food if GI upset occurs.
  • Warn women of childbearing potential of significant risks associated with taking this medication and becoming pregnant.
  • Instruct diabetic patient to monitor blood glucose more frequently when drug is started or dose is changed and to inform health care provider of significant changes in readings.
  • Instruct patient to report the following symptoms to health care provider: pain in groin or calves; sharp chest pain or sudden shortness of breath; abnormal vaginal bleeding; sudden severe headache or migraine headache; vision problems; yellowing of skin or eyes; or depression.
  • Instruct women to notify health care provider if becoming pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Instruct patient to not take any prescription or OTC medications or dietary supplements unless advised to do so by the health care provider.
  • Advise patient that follow-up visits and examinations may be required to monitor therapy and to be sure to keep appointments.

Recent Drug Updates at DrugIndexOnline:

Agoral Agoral
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Agoral 35 Alophen 25 Alphamul 30 Alramucil Orange 7 Alramucil Regular 7 Bisac-Evac 25 Black-Draught 26 Black-Draught Lax-Senna 32 Carter's Little Pills 25 Cholac 14 Citroma 16 Citrucel Orange Flavor 3 Citrucel Sugar-Free Orange Flavor 3 Col more...

Amsacrine Amsacrine
Some commonly used brand names are: In Canada— AMSA P-D Other commonly used names are acridinyl anisidide and m-AMSA . * Not commercially available in the U.S. Category Antineoplastic Description Amsacrine (AM-sah-kreen) belongs to the general group of medicines known as antineop more...

Duratest injectable Duratest injectable
Generic Name: testosterone injection (tes TOS ter one) Brand Names: Andro LA 200, Delatestryl, Depandro 100, Depo-Testosterone, Testro What is Duratest (testosterone injection)? Testosterone is a naturally occurring sex hormone that is produced in a man's testicles. Small amounts of te more...

guanidine guanidine
Generic Name: guanidine (GWAN ih deen) Brand Names: Guanidine HCl What is guanidine? Guanidine improves the action of a chemical in the body that regulates muscle cells. Guanidine is used to treat muscle weakness caused by Eaton-Lambert syndrome. Guanidine will not treat myasthenia grav more...

Hydrocortisone Acetate Foam Hydrocortisone Acetate Foam
Generic Name: Hydrocortisone Acetate Rectal Foam (hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone) Brand Name: CortifoamHydrocortisone Acetate Foam is used for:Treating inflammation of the rectum. Hydrocortisone Acetate Foam is a topical corticosteroid. It works by depressing the formation, release, and activity of differ more...

Insulin Glargine Cartridge Systems Insulin Glargine Cartridge Systems
Generic Name: Insulin Glargine Cartridge Systems (IN-su-lin GLAR-jeen) Brand Name: LantusInsulin Glargine Cartridge Systems is used for:Treating diabetes mellitus. Insulin Glargine Cartridge Systems is a long-acting form of the hormone insulin. It works by helping your body to use sugar properly more...

Lipram-PN20 Lipram-PN20
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Cotazym Cotazym-S Creon 5 Creon 10 Creon 20 Enzymase-16 Ilozyme Ku-Zyme HP Lipram 4500 Lipram-CR10 Lipram-PN10 Lipram-UL12 Lipram-PN16 Lipram-UL18 Lipram-CR20 Lipram-UL20 Lipram-PN20 Pancoate Pancrease Pancrease MT 4 Pancrease MT 10 Pancrea more...

Motilium® Motilium®
Some commonly used brand names are: In Canada— Motilium[reg ] * Not commercially available in the U.S. Category Anti-emetic Dopaminergic blocking agent Description Domperidone(dom-PER-i-done) is a medicine that increases the movements or contractions of the stomach and bowel. Dom more...