Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Aygestin

(Norethindrone)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
  • Pill
  • Pain caused by endometriosis
  • Balances hormones in women who don't have regular monthly periods
  • Balances hormones in women who have unusual monthly periods
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Regulates your menstrual cycle and treats irregular bleeding.

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Aygestin (Norethindrone) regulates the menstrual cycle and treats heavy or irregular vaginal bleeding. It's easy to take and isn't expensive.

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Upsides

  • Helps to regulate your period.
  • Decreases bleeding from hormone imbalance.
  • Available as a generic medication, so it costs less.
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Downsides

  • Can make you gain weight.
  • Higher risk of blood clots.
  • Not for people who are post-menopausal, pregnant, or breast-feeding.
  • Can cause a lot of side effects.

What to expect when you take Aygestin (Norethindrone) for Abnormal menstrual bleeding and endometriosis

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Side effect rates for Aygestin (Norethindrone)

Risks and Warnings for Aygestin (Norethindrone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

    Aygestin (Norethindrone) can raise your risk of blood clots, which can be very dangerous. You're more likely to have them if you smoke tobacco, are obese, or if you or your family have ever had blood clots. Get medical care right away if you have pain in your legs or arms, bad headaches, trouble breathing, or sudden changes in your speech or vision.

Common concerns from people taking Aygestin (Norethindrone)

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Pregnancy
Kidneys and liver
  • Aygestin (Norethindrone) is broken down by the liver, so if the liver is damaged, the drug can build up in your body. Tell your doctor if you've had liver disease or damage. Your doctor will have to change Aygestin (Norethindrone) to a different medicine.
Pain
  • Tell your doctor about any severe stomach pain or yellowing of your eyes or skin.
  • Aygestin (Norethindrone) can raise your risk of blood clots, which can be very dangerous. You're more likely to have them if you smoke tobacco, are obese, or if you or your family have ever had blood clots. Get medical care right away if you have pain in your legs or arms, bad headaches, trouble breathing, or sudden changes in your speech or vision.
Weight
  • Can make you gain weight.
  • Aygestin (Norethindrone) can cause cramps, bloating, trouble sleeping, acne, weight gain, or irregular periods.