Norimin is an oral contraceptive. When used correctly, it will provide near 100% protection against pregnancy. Its two active ingredients, norethisterone and ethinylestradiol, prevent ovulation from occurring during the menstrual cycle. Norimin is a monophasic combined pill, meaning each pill contains the same dose of norethisterone and ethinylestradiol.
If you have been prescribed Norimin, repeat supplies can be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy, following a simple medical questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order on the same working day – if they deem that Norimin is suitable for you, your order will be with you as soon as the next working day.
Pregnancy occurs when an egg released from the ovaries is fertilised by sperm. In a normal menstrual cycle, the ovaries release one egg each month – this is the process of ovulation. This process is controlled by the female sex hormones progesterone and oestrogen. Norimin contains two synthetic hormones, norethisterone and ethinylestradiol, which imitate these two natural hormones. They control the levels of each hormone in such a way that prevents an egg from being released. The Pill also makes it more difficult for sperm to reach the uterus, by thickening the fluid that is in the cervix.
During a regular menstrual cycle, the endometrium (the wall of the uterus) builds up in preparation for a fertilised egg. Norimin reduces the extent of this buildup, making it less likely that a fertilised egg will develop into an embryo. As a further result, periods become lighter.
Norimin may reduce acne, and protect against conditions such as fibroids, ovarian cysts and pelvic inflammatory disease. It will not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
There are 21 Norimin pills in a pack. Once you have finished a pack, you will stop taking the pill for seven days. During this time you will have a normal bleed. Once seven days have passed, begin your next cycle of treatment.
The contraceptive pill can be used to help regulate acne, ease symptoms of period pain and other conditions. If you wish to use a contraceptive pill for these reasons you should discuss it with your GP to ensure you are selecting the correct treatment.
If possible, begin taking Norimin on the first day of your period - if you begin taking the Pill in the first five days of your cycle, you will be immediately protected from pregnancy.
There are 21 Norimin pills in a pack. Take one pill at a similar time each day. Once you have finished a pack, you will stop taking the pill for seven days. During this time you will have a normal bleed. Once seven days have passed, begin your next cycle of treatment.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, even if it is nearly time for your next pill. If you have missed one day, you should still be protected from pregnancy. If you miss multiple days, you are advised to use additional contraception for the following seven days.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Norimin, however if you do they may include:
Nausea, weight gain, upset stomach, change in appetite, headache, depression, high blood pressure, change in libido, irregular periods, breast pain or swelling
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Norimin is unsuitable for you if you have:
- An allergy to any of the ingredients of Norimin
- A blood clotting disorder
- Ever had a blood clot
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- Heightened levels of fat in the blood
- A history of breast cancer, or cancer of the cervix or uterus
- Inflammation of veins under the skin
- Severe migraines
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Chronic liver disease
Norimin is unsuitable for you if you have suffered from any of the following problems while pregnant:
- Pemphigoid gestationis (a rash involving blisters of the hands and feet)
You may be advised not to take Norimin if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Frequent visual disturbances
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Sickle-cell anaemia
- Multiple sclerosis
- Breast problems
- Impaired liver function
- Severe depression
- Varicose veins
- Irregular periods
- Gall bladder disease
Do not use Norimin if you have breast cancer, or if you have had it before. Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives may slightly increase your chance of developing breast cancer. Once you have stopped using the Pill for at least 10 years, your risk levels will come back down. Women who are elderly and/or overweight are more vulnerable to breast cancer. Take care using Norimin if a close relative has suffered from breast cancer before. Check your breasts and nipples regularly for any changes or lumps. If you notice anything abnormal, visit your doctor as soon as you can.
You may be more susceptible to blood clots while taking Norimin, especially during the first year of use. Talk to your GP before having any operation while taking the Pill. You may need to stop using Norimin in advance of the operation to avoid the increased risk of a blood clot. You are also at a heightened risk of developing a blood clot if you:
- Are obese
- Have a family history of blood clots
- Do not exercise regularly
- Have had a miscarriage in the past
- Have recently given birth
Norimin may increase your chance of developing cervical cancer. For this reason, you should have regular smear tests while taking the Pill.
If you require any blood test, inform your doctor of which medicines you are taking – Norimin may alter the results of some blood tests.
The following medicines may impact the effectiveness of Norimin:
- Epilepsy medicines (e.g. topiramate, phenytoin, carbamazepine)
- HIV medicines
- Tuberculosis medicines (e.g. rifabutin, rifampicin)
- Hepatitis C medicines (e.g. telaprevir, boceprevir)
- St John’s Wort
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredients contained in Norimin are:
Norimin also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Maize starch, polyvidone, magnesium stearate, lactose