Noristerat is a progestin-only injection used to prevent pregnancy. Noristerat is a short-term contraceptive method usually prescribed for women who are being immunized against rubella or whose partners are undergoing a vasectomy. It is ideal for women who may be allergic to estrogen contraceptives. Noristerat is injected into the muscle of the buttocks and lasts 8 weeks.
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- Why Choose Noristerat?
Because diseases such as rubella are highly contagious, women are advised to be vaccinated before becoming pregnant. Because it does not last as long as similar contraceptives, Noristerat serves as a short-term solution. Noristerat contains no estrogen and is often prescribed for breastfeeding mothers.
- Is Noristerat Safe?
For women who experience normal periods, Noristerat is a safe, effective contraceptive. Women with liver problems, arterial disease or disorder, ovarian cysts, or the rare blood disorder porphyria are cautioned against using Noristerat. It may interfere with the efficacy of certain medications prescribed for epilepsy or fungal infections, as well as certain herbal remedies such as St. John's Wort.As with all medicines, it is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning use. Noristerat does not protect against sexually transmitted disease.
- Is Noristerat Available in the United States?
Although Noristerat is not available in the United States, there are contraceptive products on the U.S. market that are similar in effectiveness, safety, and results, including Depo-Provera, which is a 12-week shot, and the progestin-only mini-pill.
- Are There any Side Effects?
As with most contraceptives, side effects may accompany their use. Although most side effects are uncommon or short-lived, it is best to report any reaction to your physician so she can offer a solution. Some of the more common side effects of Noristerat are:
- Spotting or bleeding.
- Periods may be delayed.
- Irregular or heavy bleeding.
- Weight gain.
- Dizziness and/or nausea.
- Skin reaction at the injection site (itching, pain, discomfort).