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Generic: norgestrel
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The product contains a female hormone known as a progestin
               



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What is this medicine?

NORGESTREL (nawr JES truhl) is an oral contraceptive (birth control pill). The product contains a female hormone known as a progestin. It is used to prevent pregnancy.

NOTE: This drug is discontinued in the United States.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • blood vessel disease or blood clots
  • breast, cervical, or vaginal cancer
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • mental depression
  • migraine
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • stroke
  • vaginal bleeding
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to norethindrone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. You may take it with or without food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine at the same time each day and in the order directed on the package. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in female children who have started having menstrual periods.

A patient package insert for the product will be given with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

What if I miss a dose?

Try not to miss a dose. Every time you miss a dose or take a dose late your chance of pregnancy increases. When 1 pill is missed (even if only 3 hours late), take the missed pill as soon as possible and continue taking a pill each day at the regular time (use a back up method of birth control for the next 48 hours). If more than 1 dose is missed, use an additional birth control method for the rest of your pill pack until menses occurs. Contact your health care professional if more than 1 dose has been missed.

               
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