When and How to Use It

Some general considerations for when and how to use this medication include the following:
  • Nortrel comes in the form of a tablet. It is taken by mouth once a day.
  • Each pack of Nortrel contains either 21 or 28 pills. Nortrel 0.5/35 and Nortrel 7/7/7 only come in 28-day packs, while Nortrel 1/35 comes in 21-day or 28-day packs.
  • For 28-day packs: once you finish a pack, start a new pack right away, even if you are still having your period. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
  • For 21-day packs: once you finish a pack, wait seven days before starting the next pack. You will probably start your period during this week, but make sure to start the next pack on schedule no matter when your period starts.
  • You can take Nortrel with food or on an empty stomach. If Nortrel bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • It is very important to take Nortrel every day, at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that is easy to remember (such as at bedtime or breakfast). If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
  • Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception (such as condoms) for a week.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Nortrel Dosing Information

It is very important to take Nortrel exactly as directed. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. If you miss any pills, there are specific instructions that you must follow in order to avoid pregnancy.
(Click Nortrel Dosage for more information.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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