Name: Heather

What are some other side effects of Heather?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Cramps.
  • Bloating.
  • Dizziness.
  • Breast soreness.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Pimples (acne).
  • Weight gain.
  • This medicine may cause dark patches of skin on your face. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
  • Period (menstrual) changes. These include spotting or bleeding between cycles.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Heather (norethindrone tablets (contraceptive)), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Heather. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Heather.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

Liver Dose Adjustments

Mild to moderate liver dysfunction: Data not available
Severe liver dysfunction or disease: Contraindicated

Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-Starting treatment: Patients should begin treatment on the first day of the menstrual period OR the next day after a miscarriage or abortion. Patients who begin treatment on another day should use backup birth control methods for 2 to 7 days.
-Breastfeeding: Patients who are fully breastfeeding should begin treatment 6 weeks after delivery; patients who are partially breastfeeding may begin 3 weeks after delivery.
-Contraceptive missed dose(s): Patients should take the missed dose as soon as possible, then continue taking the same dose at the regular time PLUS a backup birth control method for 2 to 7 days.
-IM injection: The injection should be administered extremely slowly, deep into the gluteal muscles with at least a medium bore needle. The ampoule may be immersed in warm water to facilitate injection.

Storage requirements:
-IM injection: Protect from light.

Reconstitution/preparation techniques: The manufacturer product information should be consulted.

-Liver function tests
-Unusual bleeding
-Abdominal pain

Patient advice:
-Patients should be told that this drug does not protect against HIV/AIDS infection and other sexually-transmitted diseases.
-If this drug is taken 3 or more hours late, patients should be instructed to use a backup birth control method for the next 48 hours (e.g., condom and spermicide).
-Patients should be counseled to take this drug at the same time each day, and to avoid interruption of treatment between pill pack use.