Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects from oral contraceptive use. This risk increases with age and with heavy smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day) and is quite marked in women over 35 years of age. Women who use oral contraceptives should be strongly advised not to smoke.
(norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets, USP
0.5/0.035 mg, 0.75/0.035 mg, and 1/0.035 mg)
Patients should be counseled that this product does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
COMBINATION ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES:
Each of the following products is a combination oral contraceptive containing the progestational compound norethindrone and the estrogenic compound ethinyl estradiol:
Nortrel™ 7/7/7 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets, USP 0.5/0.035 mg, 0.75/0.035 mg, and 1/0.035 mg) (21 Day Regimen and 28 Day Regimen): Each light yellow tablet contains 0.5 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol and the inactive ingredients include D&C yellow #10, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate and pregelatinized starch. Each blue tablet contains 0.75 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol and the inactive ingredients include FD&C blue no. 1 (aluminum lake), lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate and pregelatinized starch. Each peach tablet contains 1 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol and the inactive ingredients include FD&C yellow no. 6 (aluminum lake), lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate and pregelatinized starch. Each white tablet in the (28) package contains only inert ingredients as follows: lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and pregelatinized starch.
Nortrel™ 7/7/7 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets, USP 0.5/0.035 mg, 0.75/0.035 mg, and 1/0.035 mg) (21 Day Regimen and 28 Day Regimen) are indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use this product as a method of contraception.
Media Articles Related to Nortrel 7 / 7 / 7 (Norethindrone / Estradiol / Norethindrone / Estradiol / Norethindrone / Estradiol)
Research reveals more than half of young women who have abortions were using contraception when they fell pregnant
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2014.04.30]
Reproductive health charity Marie Stopes UK has launched the findings of the first research in the UK into the contraceptive use of women aged 16-24 having one or more abortions.
U.S. to Propose Birth Control Exception
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines [2014.08.22]
The Obama administration will ensure access to birth control coverage for employees of closely-held companies that object to contraception on religious grounds.
Reuters Health Information
Published Studies Related to Nortrel 7 / 7 / 7 (Norethindrone / Estradiol / Norethindrone / Estradiol / Norethindrone / Estradiol)
Combined continuous ethinyl estradiol/norethindrone acetate does not improve forearm blood flow in postmenopausal women at risk for cardiovascular events: a pilot study. [2007.09]
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to determine whether combined continuous ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone acetate, a postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT) combination designed to have fewer side effects than cyclical therapies and therapies using medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), could improve vascular endothelial function in postmenopausal women with risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD)... CONCLUSIONS: In this older postmenopausal population with at least one cardiovascular risk factor, treatment with combined continuous ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone acetate failed to improve vascular endothelial function. The agent's proinflammatory effect or subclinical atherosclerosis in this population may have contributed to this finding.
HT update: spotlight on estradiol/norethindrone acetate combination therapy. 
Abstract: The goal ofpostmenopausal hormone therapy is to alleviate the symptoms that are associated with the loss of estrogen. Many formulations of estrogen and progestin are available, depending on the needs and circumstances of each individual woman... The purpose of this review is to describe the risks and benefits of hormonal therapy, focusing on estradiol/norethindrone acetate combination therapy.
A multicenter, open-label study to evaluate satisfaction and menopausal quality of life in women using transdermal estradiol/norethindrone acetate therapy for the management of menopausal signs and symptoms. 
AIM: This multicenter, open-label, single-arm study evaluated subject satisfaction and improvements in menopausal quality of life among menopausal women using the CombiPatch transdermal system consisting of 17beta-estradiol 0.05 mg plus norethindrone acetate 0.14 mg in a matrix patch formulation... CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study compare favorably with previous placebo-controlled studies of transdermal hormone therapy in managing menopausal signs and symptoms. Furthermore, quality of life was significantly improved by the transdermal hormone therapy system, and both subjects and physicians reported high levels of satisfaction. Copyright 2005 S. Karger AG, Basel
Pharmacokinetic interaction between nevirapine and ethinyl estradiol/norethindrone when administered concurrently to HIV-infected women. [2002.04.15]
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of nevirapine (NVP), a nonnucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor of HIV-1 and P450 inducer, on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of ethinyl estradiol (EE)/norethindrone (NET), a widely used oral contraceptive, and to assess the effects of EE/NET on the steady-state PK of NVP... CONCLUSION: Oral contraceptives should not be the primary method of birth control in women of child-bearing potential who are treated with NVP.
Clinical Trials Related to Nortrel 7 / 7 / 7 (Norethindrone / Estradiol / Norethindrone / Estradiol / Norethindrone / Estradiol)
Study of Loestrin 24(24 Days of "Real" Pills) Fe Versus Loestrin 1/20 (21 "Real" Pills) [Active, not recruiting]
The purpose of this research study is to assess hormone withdrawal symptoms in women while
taking an oral contraceptive in the novel 24/4 (24 days of "real" pills) manner in comparison
to taking pills in the standard 21/7 (21 "real" pills) manner.
It is hypothesized that the 24/4 method will reduce common hormone withdrawal symptoms
compared to the standard 21/7 regimen.
It is further hypothesized that women using the 24/4 regimen will report greater satisfaction
A Study in Healthy Female Participants Investigating the Effect of TMC435 on the Pharmacokinetics of the Synthetic Hormones of the Oral Contraceptive Ovysmen [Recruiting]
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of steady-state concentrations of
TMC435 (administered once a day) on the steady-state pharmacokinetics of ethinylestradiol
and norethindrone (administered once a day) and on the levels of progesterone, luteinizing
hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone, in healthy female participants. Ethinlyestradiol
and norethindrone are synthetic hormones, which constitute the oral contraceptive Ovysmen.
Also the short-term safety and tolerability of the co-administration of TMC435 and Ovysmen
will be studied. Steady-state is a term that means that the drug has been given long enough
so that the plasma concentrations will remain the same with each subsequent dose. TMC435 is
being investigated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.
Pharmacokinetics (PK) means how the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream, distributed in
the body and eliminated from the body. A contraceptive is a method that prevents pregnancy.
Oral Contraceptive (OC) Estrogen Dose and Breast Proliferation [Recruiting]
The purpose of this research study is to gain a better understanding of the changes that may
occur in the breast when a woman uses an oral contraceptive (birth control pill). Some
research indicates that women who use birth control pills with lower amounts of estrogen (a
hormone in the birth control pill) may have lower breast cell growth than women who use
birth control pills with a higher amount of estrogen; this research will examine that in
detail. This research will also test whether the results found in HS-07-00269 can be
TMC278-TiDP6-C136: Effect of TMC278 on Ethinylestradiol and Norethindrone in Healthy Women. [Recruiting]
The purpose of this study is to investigate the pharmacokinetic interaction between the
combination of ethinylestradiol and norethindrone and TMC278 25 mg once daily.
Pharmacokinetics means how the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream, distributed in the body
and eliminated from the body. Furthermore the short-term safety and tolerability (how well
the body tolerates the drug) of co-administration of TMC278 and ethinylestradiol and
norethindrone, in healthy women, will be assessed.
Randomized Trial of Induction Therapies in High Immunological Risk Kidney Transplant Recipients [Recruiting]
The purpose of this research study is to find out the effects of adding B lymphocyte
modulating agents in patients at risk for rejection receiving an anti-rejection
(immunosuppressive) regimen of Thymoglobulin® induction with Prograf®, Cellcept® and
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