Levonorgestrel vs Norethindrone Acetate

Levonorgestrel
(OTC)
Norethindrone Acetate
(Rx)
Levonorgestrel is a pregnancy prevention medication.
Norethindrone Acetate is a female sex hormones - progestogen.
Satisfaction Score
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3.0
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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No score available
Concern level
2.5
Approval Date
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August 15, 1996
May 25, 2001
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
3,116 Discussions
347 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
Levonorgestrel is approved for Heavy Periods, Irregular Periods, Endometriosis and Fibroids and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Endometriosis
#2 for Spotting
#3 for Fibroids
Norethindrone Acetate is prescribed for Endometriosis, Spotting, Fibroids and Irregular Periods and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Lev
Acne
9
Weight Gain
7
Abortion
6
Cramping
6
Nausea
6
Headaches
6
Depression
5
Mood Swings
5
Hair Loss
4
Anxiety
3
Nor
Cramping
9
Weight Gain
8
Acne
6
Night Sweats
5
Bloating
5
Mood Swings
4
Nausea
4
Bone Loss
4
Blisters
2
Appetite Changes
2
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Cramping
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Depression
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Weight Gain
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Acne
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Night Sweats
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Bloating
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4
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Nausea
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Bone Loss
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4
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Blisters
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2
0
Appetite Changes
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0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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X Category X
Norethindrone Acetate is known to cause harm to fetus. Avoid during pregnancy.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Levonorgestrel and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Norethindrone Acetate and alcohol.
Method of use
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Implant, IUD, Pill
Pill
Dosages
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IUD: 14 mcg/24 hour (3 years), 18.6 mg/24 hour (3 years), 20 mcg/24 hr (5 years)
Tablet: 0.75 mg, 1.5 mg
Kit:
Tablet: 5 mg
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Levonorgestrel
Norethindrone
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Levonorgestrel and Norethindrone Acetate: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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