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Norethindrone (Loestrin Fe)

Also known as Combipatch, Activella, Kliovance, Brevicon, Loestrin Fe 1.5/30, Nelova, Femhrt 1/5, Loestrin Fe, Femhrt 0.5/2.5, and Jinteli


Norethisterone (or norethindrone) (or 19-nor-17α-ethynyltestosterone) is a molecule used in some combined oral contraceptive pills, progestogen only pills and is also available as a stand-alone drug. It is a progestogen and can be used to treat premenstrual syndrome, painful periods, abnormal heavy bleeding, irregular periods, menopausal syndrome (in combination with oestrogen), or to postpone a period. It is also commonly used to help prevent uterine hemorrhage in complicated non-surgical or pre-surgical gynecologic cases. Norethindrone was the first orally highly active progestin to be synthesized. It was synthesized for the first time by chemists Luis Miramontes, Carl Djerassi, and George Rosenkranz at Syntex in Mexico City in 1951. It was the progestin used in one of the first three oral contraceptives. Its related ester, norethisterone acetate, is used for the same indications.

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Estimated Total Cost: $59.47 for an average of 28 days supply

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed norethindrone to treat idiopathic excessive menstruation, vulvodynia, idiopathic irregular menstrual cycle, and heavy menstrual flow.

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