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Norethisterone enanthate

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Norethisterone enanthate Uses

Norethisterone enanthate is used for contraception.

Common side effects of Norethisterone enanthate

Uterine bleeding , Vaginal bleeding, Weight gain, Dizziness, Headache, Nausea, Skin disorder, Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness)
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Available Medicine for Norethisterone enanthate

NoristeratZydus Cadila
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Expert advice for Norethisterone enanthate

  • Norethisterone enanthate is used for preventing pregnancy (contraception).
  • To avoid the risk of becoming pregnant you must take the injection once after every 8 weeks.
  • It is usually given into the muscle of the buttock.
  • The injection cannot be reversed once it has been given and its effects last for at least 8 weeks.
  • Fertility does return once the injections are stopped, but the time varies for each woman.
  • It may cause irregular bleeding, spotting or your menstrual bleeds to stop altogether. Inform your doctor if you get heavy or prolonged bleeding.
  • Do not take Norethisterone enanthate if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, or have a history of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, liver problems, or bleeding problems.

Frequently asked questions for Norethisterone enanthate

Norethisterone enanthate

Q. What is Norethisterone enanthate? What is it used for?

Norethisterone enanthate is a contraceptive medication which is given as an injection by a doctor or a healthcare professional. It is used as a short-term contraception method in cases where the male partners have undergone vasectomy, until the vasectomy is effective.

Q. When does Norethisterone enanthate start working?

Norethisterone enanthate starts working immediately if given within the first 5 days of beginning of your periods. But, if you receive the dose at another time of your menstrual cycle then it may take around 7 to 10 days to show effect. Therefore, it is advised to use some other contraceptive method such as condoms during those days to avoid pregnancy.

Q. Who should avoid taking Norethisterone enanthate?

Norethisterone enanthate should be avoided in people who are allergic to Norethisterone enanthate or any of its ingredients. Inform your doctor if you have or ever had any problems with your heart (such as heart attack or stroke), liver, kidneys, blood circulation (like a blood clot), breasts (such as breast lump or cancer) and uterus. Make sure that your blood pressure (hypertension) and blood sugar levels (diabetes) are well controlled. Let your doctor know about all the other medicines you are taking because they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult your doctor before taking Norethisterone enanthate.

Q. Can Norethisterone enanthate make me feel depressed?

Yes, Norethisterone enanthate may make you feel depressed. Also, tell your doctor if you are already on antidepressants as Norethisterone enanthate has a tendency to worsen existing depression. In severe cases, it may even lead to suicidal thoughts. Therefore, if you experience mood swings, worsening depression or behavioural changes while taking Norethisterone enanthate, consult your doctor immediately.

Q. Is Norethisterone enanthate safe in pregnancy?

No, Norethisterone enanthate is not safe in pregnancy and should not be given to pregnant women. If you are planning a baby, you should avoid Norethisterone enanthate unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor. However, if you think you are pregnant, consult your doctor before using Norethisterone enanthate.


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