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. Norethisterone can be taken to safely and effectively delay the onset of your period by up to 17 days.
Women who take the contraceptive pill can generally run 2 packs together to delay their period without consequence. If you are in any doubt, contact your GP.
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.
- 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
Each Norethisterone 5mg tablets contains norethisterone 5mg.
Norethisterone 5mg tablets also contain: lactose, maize strach and magnesium sterate.
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.
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Norethisterone is an artificial version of the female hormone progesterone. In the 5mg strength, Norethisterone is primarily used for period delay.
There may be times when it is inconvenient to have a period (wedding day, holidays etc.) and Norethisterone tablets can delay your period for up to 17 days.
Norethisterone delays your period by mimicking the effect of natural progesterone in the body. It prevents the lining of the womb from being shed and means there is no blood to form a period.
Starting three days before you expect your period, take one tablet with a glass of water three times a day for as long as you would like to delay you period.
Your period will start 2-3 days after you stop taking the tablets.
Norethisterone tablets can be taken with or without food.
If you need to delay you period for longer than 17 days or on more than one occasion in a 4 month period, we recommended you speak to a Doctor.
Norethisterone is very effective if it is taken regularly three times a day - if you miss a dose you may experience some bleeding or spotting. The tablets have to be started before your period has begun. It will not be effective after your period has started.
Norethisterone comes in different strengths and it is used to treat different conditions depedning on the strength. It can be used as a contraceptive but this is at a strength of 350 micrograms.
It is important to use another form of contraception whilst taking Norethisterone 5mg tablets to delay your period, as it won’t prevent a pregnancy. There are lots of different contraception options available and a Doctor will be able to explain the options that are right for you.
If you are taking a combined contraceptive pill (containing both oestrogen and progesterone), there may be no need to take period delay tablets.
There are three different types of combined contraceptive pills:
Monophasic: These contain 21 tablets in a strip and each tablet contains the same amount of hormone(s). After the last tablet you have a 7-day break. To delay your period you may run two strips of pills back to back without a break.
ED (Every Day): There are 21 tablets of one colour and 7 white tablets at the end of a strip. The white tablets are dummy tablets. To delay your period discard the 7 white tablets at the end of the strip and start the next strip without a break.
Phasic: There are 21 tablets in a packet but the level of hormone in each pill varies depending on where you are in your cycle. Ask us or your Doctor for advice on which pills you can miss out. Examples of phasic contraceptive pills include Synphase, Triadene, Logynon, Binovum & Trinovum.
It is not recommended to run more than 2 strips of contraceptive pill back-to-back.
If you still wish to use Norethisterone 5mg tablets to delay your period even though you are taking a combined oral contraceptive pill, there is no problem.
There are different types Progesterone-only pills, however running two packets back to back will not delay your period.
You can either speak to your Doctor about switching to a combined oral contraceptive or take Noresthiorone 5mg tablets to delay your period. Switching to a combined contraceptive may take several weeks to be effective and is not suitable for everyone.
Norethisterone can be taken for a maximum of 17 days in a row to delay your period. This cannot be repeated within four months. If you want to delay your period for longer or more frequently, we recommended seeing your Doctor first to discuss the most suitable option for you.
Side effects are normally seen when Norethisterone is taken long-term basis rather than for short courses to delay periods. The most common unwanted effects include bloating, loss of libido, tender breasts and stomach pains.
Norethisterone can also cause fluid retention in some women. If this occurs it can worsen pre-existing conditions like epilepsy, migraines, asthma and high blood pressure. If this occurs you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
There is no interaction between Norethisterone and alcohol.
Norethisterone is not recommend for use in patients who:
- Have had a blood clot in the legs or lungs.
- Have had a heart attack or suffer from angina.
- Suffer from any type of reduced liver function.
- Are allergic to Norethisterone or any other inactive ingredients in the medicine.
- Are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Take epilepsy, asthma, high blood pressure, or migraine medication. There is small chance the Norethisterone may cause water retention and worsen these conditions. We recommend you speak to your Doctor first before starting treatment.
It is not recommended that you take Norethisterone with any of the following medication:
- St Johns Wort (used to treat depression).
- Diabetic medication.
- Rifambutin and other antibiotics used to treat TB.
- Antiviral medication like ritonavir and nelfinavir (used to treat HIV).
- Blood thinning medication like warfarin.
- Grisofluvin (an antifungal treatment).
- Selegiline (for Parkinson’s disease).
If you take any of the above medicines you should talk to your doctor about delaying your period to ensure your treatment does not affect your existing medicines.
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