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- You should take one Norethisterone 5mg tablet three times daily, starting 3 days before your period is due.
- Continue taking Norethisterone until you wish to have your period.
- Your period should come within 2 – 3 days after stopping Norethisterone.
1 pack (30 tablets) = 7 days period delay
2 packs (60 tablets) = 17 days period delay
Norethisterone 5mg tablets are available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help delay the start of menstruation (period) in women. To find out more about period and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Period Delay page.
Norethisterone is a synthetic version of progesterone, a natural female sex hormone that sustains the lining of the womb in women. Normally before a woman has a period the progesterone levels fall, however taking Norethisterone will sustain the womb lining and delay a period until the tablets are stopped. Norethisterone can safely be used to delay a period for up to 17 days where it would otherwise be inconvenient.
Norethisterone 5mg tablets can be purchased from the Online Doctor to delay your period for:
Up to 7 days period delay = 1 pack (30 tablets)
Up to 17 days period delay = 2 packs (60 tablets)
Norethisterone should not be used to delay your period for more than 17 days without a face-to-face consultation with your GP. It should not be used more regularly than every 4 months.
Norethisterone was first released as the branded medicine Utovlan, however it is now available as a generic treatment following the patent expiry of Utovlan. This means that Norethisterone is available at significantly reduced cost as a generic treatment for period delay.
Norethisterone is also present in some contraceptive pills and hormone replacement therapies for menopause. Norethisterone 5mg tablets should not be used for hormone replacement and do not offer any contraceptive cover. Your normal contraceptive method should still be used whilst you take Norethisterone 5mg tablets.
Norethisterone should be taken three times daily starting 3 days before your period is due until you wish your period to resume. Once Norethisterone has been stopped, a normal period will be experienced within 2 – 3 days. Norethisterone should not be taken if you are or could be pregnant. Norethisterone does not have any special dietary measures, it's absorption and effects are not changed by food or alcohol.
If you are already taking the contraceptive pill, this can normally be used to delay your period and Norethisterone will be unsuitable for you. See our Online Doctor Period Delay page for advice on using your contraceptive pill to delay your period. You should always read the patient information leaflet in with your contraceptive pill before running pill packs together.
Please ensure you read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your Norethisterone for a full list of side effects. It is important that you stop taking Norethisterone tablets immediately and see your GP if you experience a rise in blood pressure, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), or migraines.
If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0117 971 1603. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.
Norethisterone should not be taken if you currently take aminoglutethimide, ampicillin, carbamazepine, ciclosporin, co-trimoxazole, efavirenz, nelfinavir, nevirapine, oxacillin, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifabutin, rifampicin, or ritonavir. This will be checked during your online consultation. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for further information.
If you experience any of the following symtoms whilst taking Norethisterone 5mg tablets you should stop taking them and contact a doctor immediately:
- Swelling of the face and wheezing (may indicate a severe allergic reaction)
- Thrombosis (a blood clot in the leg or lungs)
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice or changes in liver function)
- A significant rise in blood pressure or persistent headaches.
About Period Delay
The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service allows women for whom a period would be very inconvenient to have a private consultation with a doctor and receive the treatment they require in a safe and discreet manner.
Why Would I Need Period Delay Treatment?
There can occasionally be times when it can feel as if it would be entirely inconvenient to have your period. There are a range of circumstances to which this could apply. It could be that you are about to go on a major holiday or physically strenuous expedition, or because you have another special occasion – for example your wedding day and honeymoon - that you would like to be at liberty to fully enjoy. In these circumstances it is possible for our prescribers to supply a course of norethisterone 5mg tablets, which can postpone your time of the month for up to 17 days.
We understand that having a period at an important or special time can be hugely frustrating. We are able to prescribe Norethisterone 5mg tablets, a progesterone hormone. Norethisterone can only be provided to delay your period for a maximum of 17 days.
What Does Period Delay Treatment Do?
Period delay treatment:
- Can delay your period for up to 17 days
- Should be used 3 days before your next period
- Can be delivered quickly and reliably by The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor
What Period Delay Treatment Is Available?
Norethisterone is available as a safe, clinically-proven and convenient treatment that is taken three times daily to delay periods for up to 17 days. It gives you the control to have your period at a convenient time in your menstrual cycle.
One pack of norethisterone 5mg tablets (30 tablets) can delay your period for up to 7 days, whilst 2 packs (60 tablets) can be used to delay your period for up to 17 days.
During a woman’s cycle, the levels of oestrogen and progesterone vary, with progesterone levels dropping triggering menstruation. As a synthetic progesterone, norethisterone helps to keep your progesterone levels artificially high during your cycle preventing menstrual bleeding.
It is very important to know that norethisterone is not used as a method of contraception and will, not prevent pregnancy. Do not take norethisterone if you are already taking the contraceptive pill (see below for more details) and it should not be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
When taken according to the directions, norethisterone will typically delay your period. After you stop taking it, you will have your period within a couple of days. A few women may experience light bleeding or spotting whilst taking norethisterone, but the vast majority will experience none whatsoever.
Does period delay treatment have any side effects?
It is rare for women to experience side effects from norethisterone at this strength, but you may experience nausea, breast tenderness, fatigue or headache. In very exceptional circumstances, it can impact upon chronic diseases or interact with certain medicines. However, our Online Doctor service can give you more information as required, in addition to the manufacturer’s information leaflet.
Period Delay In Women Already Taking The Contraceptive Pill
For women who take the contraceptive pill, check the Patient Information Leaflet included in your pack for advice on using your contraceptive pill to delay your period. The general rules for using contraceptive pills to delay periods are as follows:
- Monophasic 21-day pill (e.g. Microgynon, Cilest, Yasmin) – Miss the 7-day break and start a new pack as soon as you finish the first one.
- Every day (ED) pill (e.g. Microgynon ED, Femodene ED) - Miss out the 'inactive' phase and start a fresh packet straight away.
- Phasic 21-day pill (e.g. Logynon, Binovium) – Each of the phasic pills contain different levels of hormones. You should ask your doctor or pharmacist which pills to miss or take to delay your period.
- Progestogen-only (‘mini’) pill (e.g. Cerzette, Micronor, Norgeston) – You cannot use progestogen-only pills to delay your period.
You should always consult a healthcare professional before using your contraceptive pill to delay your period.
If you have any questions about treatments that will delay your period, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any queries that you may have. To obtain prescription treatment to delay your period complete our consultation to be reviewed by The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor, for those who are eligible it is a safe and effective way to delay your period for a special occasion.
*RRP is based on the highest price found for a comparable online service found on 04/09/14.