Nortrel Birth Control Pills

One of the many birth control pills on the market today is Nortrel® (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol). This generic oral contraceptive is available in the following forms:
  • Nortrel 7/7/7, a triphasic birth control pill, generic for Ortho-Novum® 7/7/7
  • Nortrel 0.5/35, a monophasic birth control pill, generic for Modicon®
  • Nortrel 1/35, a monophasic birth control pill, generic for Ortho-Novum 1/35.
"Triphasic" means that there are three phases (with three different hormone doses) in each pack. "Monophasic" means that there is only one dose of hormones throughout the pack. Regardless of the strength your healthcare provider prescribes, it's important to take your dosage at the same time each day.
Nausea, breast tenderness, and acne are some of the possible side effects of Nortrel. However, most women are able to take this product without any problems.
(To learn more about these birth control pills, including what to discuss with your healthcare provider before taking them, click Nortrel.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD