Norethindrone acetate is sometimes prescribed to women who have completed menopause to help them regain the hormone balance they had before menopause. Transdermal norethindrone acetate comes in the form of a medicated patch, which the woman affixes to her skin in order to infuse estrogen into her body over time.
This medication increases the patient’s risk of heart attack, stroke or breast cancer. Women who have a personal or family history of these diseases need to be cautious when using the medication, as they have greater risk of these diseases than the general population. All women on this medication should have breast cancer screenings and heart disease screenings on a regular basis. Women should avoid smoking while on this medication to lower their risk of heart attack and stroke.
Women over the age of 65 are more likely to suffer from dementia and memory loss if they take Norethindrone than those who do not take the medication.