What is Norinyl (Norethisterone/Mestranol) used for?
Norinyl (Norethisterone/Mestranol) is a birth control pill. It contains norethisterone, which is a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone, and mestranol, which is converted in the body to ethinlestradiol. This pill works by preventing ovulation and changing the mucus and cervical lining. In some cases this medication may be prescribed to women who suffer from painful or irregular periods or heavy bleeding during their period.
How should I use Norinyl (Norethisterone/Mestranol)?
Patients taking Norinyl (Norethisterone/Mestranol) tablets are normally told to start taking them on the first day of their menstrual cycle. However, this may vary slightly for some patients, and therefore, it is necessary to consult your physician before you begin taking it. This medication contains 21 active pills. It also contains 7 inactive tablets. You should take one tablet per day, for 21 consecutive days. After this, you should take one inactive tablet per day for 7 days. When you have finished taking the inactive tablets, you may then start a new pack of active tablets. If you are unsure of how to properly take these tablets, consult your physician.
What are the side effects of Norinyl (Norethisterone/Mestranol)?
You may notice some side effects when taking Norinyl (Norethisterone/Mestranol), such as:
It is necessary to report all side effects to your physician. Immediately seek medical assistance if any of these side effects worsen, or if you notice any more severe side effects, such as swelling of the hands or feet, chest pain, changes in vision or any other side effects not mentioned here.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Norinyl (Norethisterone/Mestranol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.