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Breast tenderness, dizziness, and irregular menstrual periods are some of the common side effects that have been reported with Nor-QD. Side effects are generally minor and improve within the first few months of use. However, some side effects of Nor-QD are potentially serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider immediately, including severe abdominal or back pain, depression, and high blood sugar.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Nor-QD® (norethindrone); however, not all women who use the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Often, many of the bothersome side effects of Nor-QD improve (or go away completely) within the first few months of use.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Nor-QD. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Nor-QD side effects with you. Nor-QD is equivalent to Heather®, Camila®, and Nora-BE® birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to these medications.)
Nor-QD has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the following side effects were commonly reported:
- Menstrual changes
- Breast tenderness
The most common type of menstrual change is frequent, irregular bleeding. Prolonged or absent bleeding is also possible, though less likely.