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Camila Review

Camila is a popular progestin-only pill containing norethisterone (also known as norethindrone), which is used to prevent pregnancy.


Indications for use

  • Oral long-term contraception.

Mechanism of action

Camila a synthetic gestagenic hormone drug (a drug containing hormones of the ovary’s yellow body or their synthetic analogues), which has an effect on the endometrium (the inner shell of the uterus). Gestagens are female sex hormones produced by the yellow body of the ovary and the adrenal cortex. They cause changes in the endometrium (inner layer of the uterus), preparing it for implantation (implantation) of the fertilized egg, ensure normal pregnancy, reduce uterine contractility, especially the pregnant woman, stimulate the development of milk forming departments of mammary glands.

Dosage and mode of application

Each Camila pill contains 0.35mg of norethisterone.

Take one pill by mouth at the same time each day (the recommended time for intake – after your evening meal or at bedtime).

Begin taking this contraceptive on the first day of your period. If you begin taking pills on another day, you should use additional non-hormonal contraceptives (condoms, spermicide) for the first 2 days to prevent pregnancy.

Continue taking one pill every day for 28 days in a row. After taking the last pill in a blister, begin a new pack the next day. Breaks between packs are not required since Camila does not have any inert pills. Your menstrual periods may delay and be different (heavier / smear). You may also have spotting between your periods. If this happens, continue taking your birth control pills.

Side effects

Camila can cause the following side effects:

  • a headache;
  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • tenderness and tension of the mammary glands;
  • gastrointestinal complaints;
  • intermenstrual bleeding;
  • paresthesia;
  • change in body weight;
  • fatigue.


The medication has a serious effect on all body systems. Do not take Camila if you have any of the following contraindications:

  • jaundice;
  • the period of puberty;
  • mammary gland cancer;
  • pregnancy;
  • bronchial asthma;
  • malignant tumors of the genital organs;
  • acute liver pathologies (malignant, benign neoplasms);
  • hyperbilirubinemia;
  • impaired renal function,
  • liver;
  • herpes;
  • obesity;
  • hypersensitivity to the components of the drug (norethisterone);
  • a propensity to thrombosis;
  • uncontrolled bleeding from the vagina;
  • acute thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis;
  • idiopathic bleeding of the urinary tract.


Camila (norethisterone) may interact with inductors of hepatic enzymes, glucocorticosteroids, oral anticoagulants, hypoglycemic drugs.

Do not combine the contraceptive with the following medicines:

  • rifampicin;
  • phenytoin;
  • barbiturates;
  • cimetidine;
  • medicines that affect microsomal oxidation in the liver.

What if I miss a dose?

If a woman forgot to take a Camila pill on time, she needs to take it as quickly as possible.

If you are late taking your dose by 3 hours or more, you may become pregnant. In this case, you should use an additional non-hormonal contraception method for the next 2 days to prevent pregnancy.

Camila and pregnancy

Studies of reproductive toxicity have shown the risk of virilization of female embryos when taking high doses of norethisterone during the development of external genitalia. In addition, epidemiological studies have shown that when taking elevated doses of norethisterone, this risk is quite significant in humans. The drug can cause virilization of female embryos if taken during the period of somatic sexual differentiation. In addition to the above, no other signs of teratogenic effects were obtained as a result of the studies.

Camila pills should not be taken by women during pregnancy and breastfeeding period.


Acute toxicity studies did not demonstrate the risk of acute adverse reactions with a random dose of the drug which is several times exceeding the daily therapeutic dose.

With prolonged use of Camila pills, you should be more careful in the following cases:

  • diseases of the cardiovascular system and kidneys;
  • bronchial asthma;
  • epilepsy;
  • predisposition to thrombosis,
  • hepatitis,
  • violations of the liver.

Preliminary gynecological, oncological examinations and examination of the mammary glands are required.

Camila does not affect the ability to manage transport and other mechanisms associated with an increased risk of injury. But care should be taken since the preparation can cause side effects (a headache, paresthesia).

The drug is not intended for use in children.

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