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You must take your Nor-QD dosage at the same time each day, as taking it just a few hours late can increase your risk of pregnancy. It is best to start the pill on the first day of your period. Take one tablet daily, and do not wait any days between packs. To ensure the effectiveness of Nor-QD, dosing guidelines must be followed carefully.
There is only one standard dose of Nor-QD® (norethindrone). As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Although the drug is effective when taken as directed, not taking it correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
(Nor-QD is equivalent to Heather®, Camila®, and Nora-BE® birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to these medications.)
It is best to start Nor-QD on the first day of your period. You may start it on a different day, but you need to use a backup method of birth control, such as condoms, for 48 hours after starting Nor-QD in this situation. Make sure to pick a time that works well for you, since you will have to take the pills at the exact same time each day. If you had a miscarriage or abortion, you can start Nor-QD the next day.
If you are exclusively breastfeeding (you are not supplementing with formula or food), you can start Nor-QD six weeks after delivery. If you are not exclusively breastfeeding (you are breastfeeding and using formula or food), you should start Nor-QD three weeks after delivery.
Check with your healthcare provider about how and when to start Nor-QD when switching from a different form of birth control (including other kinds of birth control pills).