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Camila (Generic Progestin-Only Oral Contraceptives)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Oral contraceptives that contain just progestin (norethindrone) are used to prevent pregnancy. Women produce the hormone progestin. Ovulation, the release of eggs from the ovaries, is prevented, and the cervical mucus and uterine lining are altered. Oral contraceptives that contain solely progestin (norethindrone) are a very successful way of birth control, but they have no effect on the spread of AIDS or other STDs.

How should this medicine be used?

Oral contraceptives that contain solely progestin (norethindrone) are available as tablet form. These are taken at the same time, once day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Use oral contraceptives that contain just progestin (norethindrone) as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

Oral contraceptives that contain solely progestin (norethindrone) are sold in packs of 28 tablets. the day after the previous pack is finished, start the subsequent one.

When you should begin using your oral contraceptive that contains solely progestin (norethindrone), your doctor will advise you. If you are switching from another method of birth control, let your doctor know (other birth control pills, vaginal ring, transdermal patch, implant, injection, intrauterine device [IUD]).

You might need to use a backup method of birth control for the following 48 hours if you vomit shortly after taking an oral contraceptive that contains solely progestin (norethindrone). Before starting your oral contraceptive, discuss this with your doctor so that you can get ready with a backup birth control option just in case.

Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient prior to using a progestin-only oral contraceptive, and carefully read it.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking progestin-only oral contraceptives,

  • If you have any allergies, including to norethindrone, other progestins, other drugs, or any of the substances in progestin-only (norethindrone) oral contraceptives, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal items, and prescription and over-the-counter drugs you are using. Any of the following should be mentioned: bosentan (Tracleer), carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol, and other brands), and felbamate (Felbatol); HIV protease inhibitors griseofulvin (Gris-PEG), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), atazanavir (Reyataz, in Evotaz), darunavir (Prezista, in Prezcobix, in Symtuza), lopinavir (in Kaletra), nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir, in Kaletra); rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, in Rifater), topiramate, phenobarbital, and phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek) (Qudexy, Topamax, Trokendi, in Qsymia). Your doctor might need to adjust your medication doses or keep a close eye out for any negative side effects.
  • Inform your doctor about any herbal medications you are taking, especially if you use St. John’s wort.
  • Inform your physician if you experience unexplained abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver cancer, liver tumours, or any other liver diseases. If you have breast cancer now or in the past, let your doctor know as well. Progestin-only (norethindrone) oral contraceptives shouldn’t be used, according to your doctor.
  • Inform your doctor if you have diabetes or have ever had it.
  • Inform your doctor if you are or plan to be pregnant, breastfeeding, or both. Call your doctor right away if you get pregnant while using progestin-only (norethindrone) birth control.
  • If you stop getting your period while using oral contraceptives, you might be pregnant. If you have followed the instructions and miss one period while taking your medication, you may continue to do so. However, call your doctor and use a different method of birth control until you get a pregnancy test if you have taken your pills as prescribed but have missed one period or two periods after doing so. Moreover, if you suffer pregnancy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or sore breasts, or if you think you could be pregnant, consult your doctor.
  • If you use tobacco products, let your doctor know. Smoking cigarettes may make heart attacks and strokes more likely. Using this medication while smoking is not advised.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

When you remember to take the missed dose, resume taking progestin-only (norethindrone) contraceptives at the scheduled time. Make careful to utilise a backup method of birth control for the following 48 hours if you take a dose more than 3 hours late. If you are unsure of what to do about the tablets you missed, utilise a backup form of birth control while continuing to take progestin-only (norethindrone) contraceptives until you speak with your doctor.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Oral contraceptives that contain just progestin (norethindrone) may have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Irregular intervals of menstruation
  • Headache
  • Breast sensitivity
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Gaining weight
  • Higher hair growth

Certain adverse effects can be very harmful. Even though the following signs are unusual, you should call your doctor right once if you notice any of them:

  • Unexpectedly thick or protracted menstrual bleeding
  • Absence of menstruation
  • Very bad stomach ache

Oral contraceptives that contain both oestrogen and progestin may make you more likely to develop liver tumours, endometrial cancer, and breast cancer. It is unknown if oral contraceptives that contain solely progestin (norethindrone) increase the risk of these illnesses. The dangers of using this drug should be discussed with your doctor.

Oral (norethindrone) contraceptives that only contain progestin may have additional negative effects. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

Inform the lab staff that you use oral contraceptives that contain solely progestin (norethindrone) prior to any laboratory tests because this medicine may affect the results.

Women who use oral contraceptives occasionally nevertheless get pregnant. If it has been more than 45 days since your last menstruation, if it is late, if you skipped one or more doses, if you took them late, and if you had sex without using a backup method of birth control, you should get a pregnancy test.

Stop using progestin-only (norethindrone) contraceptives if you wish to get pregnant. Norethindrone-only contraceptives shouldn’t prevent you from becoming pregnant.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Camila®
  • Errin®
  • Heather®
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