Norethisterone Tablets

Norethisterone Tablets
  • Norethisterone Tablets

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Norethisterone Tablets

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  • Medication features

    • Effective period delay tablets
    • Available in one strength
    • Tablets to delay period (menstruation) for a maximum of 17 days
    • Norethisterone tablets to be taken 3 days before the expected period, 3 times a day

Overview

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Norethisterone is a synthetic hormone made to imitate progesterone, which is a natural hormone in the body. Norethisterone Tablets for Period Delay come in 5mg doses and are mainly used to delay periods for up to 17 days.

It also has other uses such as treatment of breast cancer or endometriosis. Norethisterone is not a form of contraception and it will not prevent pregnancy. It is also not suitable for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How does Norethisterone work?

Norethisterone comes in 5mg tablets and can help menstrual delay when taken as one tablet 3 times a day to delay periods. It is important that you are able to predict when your period is due as you should start taking Norethisterone 3 days before you are due to start your period. The period delaying tablets should be continued for as long as needed. After stopping taking Norethisterone, you should experience a period bleed within 2 to 3 days, however this could be slightly longer.

Norethisterone and the contraceptive pill

If you are currently taking a contraceptive pill, you should not use norethisterone to delay your period.

If you are taking a combined contraceptive pill such as microgynon, you can delay your period by taking 2 months of your combined pill back to back, ensuring that you do not take your 7 day pill-free break or your placebo/inactive pills. This form of period delay will not work with the progesterone only pill (the mini-pill), such as cerazette.

Norethisterone is NOT a contraceptive and it will NOT prevent pregnancy.

How long can I take Norethisterone for?

We can provide you with a maximum of 60 tablets, which will delay your period for 17 days. If you need to delay your period for less than 17 days, fewer tablets will be required. Norethisterone should only be requested once every 4 months if that, as it is designed to only be taken occasionally. If you require it more frequently or need your period delayed for more than 17 days, you should consult your GP.

Product information leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.1494.pdf

 

Directions

Norethisterone directions and dosage to delay periods.

Swallow the tablet whole with water, do not crush or chew the tablet.

Norethisterone should not be used as a contraceptive, it will not prevent pregnancy.

Dosage

Take the time to read the Patient Information Leaflet before using this medication. The information written there is critical. It tells you when to take your pills and what to do if you miss a dose. Simply ask your doctor if you are unsure about your prescription. He or she will advise you on what you should do.

Norethisterone dosages

Norethisterone should be taken orally in accordance with your doctor's instructions. In most cases, it is only taken once per day. Simply choose a time of day that is easy for you to remember and take your pill. Every day, you should take it at the same time.

The first day of your menstrual period is the best time to take norethisterone. If you miss the first day of your period, you may need to supplement it with a non-hormonal birth control method (such as spermicide or condoms) for the first 48 hours. This allows you to avoid pregnancy until norethisterone has had time to take effect.

Take one tablet per day. When you've finished the last pack, begin a new one the following day. There is no need to take breaks between packs. When you take the drugs, you may notice that your periods become lighter/heavier than usual, or that they become irregular. You may also experience vaginal spotting, or vaginal bleeding between periods. If this happens, you do not have to stop taking your pills.

If you miss your pills, take them at the wrong time (different from the usual time), or begin a new pack late, you run the risk of becoming pregnant. If you forget to take your pill, take it later than usual, or vomit immediately after taking it, use a non-hormonal method of birth control, such as spermicide or condoms, for the next 48 hours.

Warnings

Precautions and warnings

If you have any of the following conditions, consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Norethisterone Tablets. This will assist them in determining whether Norethisterone Tablets is appropriate for you:

 

FAQ

  • What is Norethisterone?

    Norethisterone is a synthetic and highly effective progestogen hormone that prevents uterine bleeding.

    It also has some androgenic properties as well as some oestrogenic activity. Progestogens are naturally occurring hormones that keep the uterine lining in place. The level of progestogen hormone drops just before a period, causing the uterine lining to shed as part of the menstrual period. By taking Norethisterone tablets, progestogen levels are kept artificially high, and the period does not begin.

  • How does Norethisterone work?

    Norethisterone is a synthetic version of the female steroid progesterone. It functions by simulating the effects of natural progesterone.

    Throughout your monthly menstrual cycle, your progesterone levels naturally fluctuate. Your womb lining flourishes as progesterone levels rise, ready to receive a fertilised egg. If you do not become pregnant, your levels will drop again, causing your womb lining to shed as a period. If you become pregnant, your progesterone levels will remain high to aid in the maintenance of a healthy womb lining for the duration of the pregnancy.

  • How do I take Norethisterone?

    One period delay tablet should be taken 3 times a day. You should start taking Period Delay Pill Norethisterone 3 days before your period is due to start. Continue taking Norethisterone until you no longer require your period to be delayed. Once you stop taking Norethisterone, your period should start in 2 to 3 days. Norethisterone should be taken for a maximum of 20 days, which is 17 days of period delay.

  • When will my period start again?

    Once you stop taking Norethisterone, your period should start again in 2-3 days.

  • Can I use Norethisterone to stop heavy periods?

    No. Norethisterone should only be used to delay your period, it will have no effect on the heaviness of it. If you are suffering with heavy periods you should consult your GP.

  • Will Norethisterone prevent pregnancy?

    No. Norethisterone is not a contraceptive and you are still able to get pregnant whilst taking Norethisterone. To avoid pregnancy you should use birth control such as an oral contraceptive pill.

  • What Happens if I take Norethisterone too late?

    Starting to take Norethisterone less than three days before your period is due to start greatly increases the chance of spotting.

  • What if I take too many tablets of Norethisterone?

    There have been no reports of serious side effects of taking too many tablets at once. You should still consult your GP for advice after taking too many tablets.

Side Effects

Side Effects

Norethisterone is generally a well-tolerated medication by most women, however some people may still experience side effects. You are more likely to suffer from side effects if you use Norethisterone long term. Possible side effects include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
  • Feeling faint
  • Difficulty breathing

Norethisterone can RARELY cause severe allergic reactions, which can be fatal. If you experience any of the following side effects you must stop taking Norethisterone immediately and seek urgent medical attention:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Liver problems, which lead to jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
  • Visual disturbances
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding or vaginal discharge
  • Bloating
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Fluid retention, which worsens migraine
  • Decrease in sex drive
  • Itchy and intense skin rash
  • Wheezing
  • Swelling of the tongue or face

Taking Norethisterone can increase your risk of a blood clot. If you experience symptoms of blood clotting you must stop taking Norethisterone immediately and seek urgent medical attention, such as going to A+E. Symptoms of a blood clot include:

  • Swollen leg, calf or foot
  • Sharp pain in the chest

Do not ignore these symptoms.

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