Norethisterone 5mg Tablets

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  • Occasional Period Delay
  • Active Ingredient: Norethisterone
  • Delay For Up To 17 Days
  • Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
  • Includes Free Prescription

A period is when a woman bleeds from her vagina as part of her menstrual cycle. Usually a woman can work out the length of her cycle and knows roughly when to expect her next period to begin but this can be inconvenient if it clashes with a special occasion such as a holiday or exams. Norethisterone tablets can be used to delay your period until a more suitable time. They work by stopping the progestogen hormone level from dropping below a certain level which causes a period. Begin taking Norethisterone tablets a few days before your period is due to start to postpone it until you’re ready.

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Period Delay

Period

A period is the part of the menstrual cycle when a woman bleeds from her vagina for a few days.

For most women this happens every 28 days or so, but it’s common for periods to start sooner or later than this, ranging from day 21 to day 40.

Your period can last between 3 and 8 days, but it will usually last for about 5 days. The bleeding tends to be heaviest in the first 2 days.

When your period is at its heaviest, the blood will be red. On lighter days, it may be pink, brown or black.

You’ll lose about 30 to 72 millilitres (5 to 12 teaspoons) of blood during your period, although some women bleed more heavily than this.

Period Delay

There’s no guaranteed way to delay your period, but it may be possible if you take the combined contraceptive pill.

If you take a combined contraceptive pill, you can delay your period by taking 2 packets back-to-back. How you do this will depend on which pill you take.

If you’re not sure which pill you’re on or which pills in the packet to miss out, speak to your pharmacist, community contraception clinic or GP.

Avoid taking more than 2 packs without a break, unless your GP says you can – there’s a risk you could experience side effects.

If you don’t take a contraceptive pill
See your GP for advice if you want to delay your period and you’re not taking the combined contraceptive pill.

They might be able to prescribe medication called norethisterone to delay your period. Your GP will advise you when to take norethisterone and for how long.

You’ll usually be prescribed 3 norethisterone tablets a day, starting 3 to 4 days before you expect your period to begin. Your period should arrive 2 to 3 days after you stop taking the medication.

However, it’s important to be aware that norethisterone doesn’t act as a contraceptive when used in this way, and it may not be suitable if you have a history of blood clots.

How well it works in delaying periods also varies between women. Some women taking norethisterone have reported side effects, such as:

bloating
breast tenderness
nausea
headache
disturbances in mood and sex drive

Medication

Product Description

If you don’t take a contraceptive pill, you may be able to take medication called norethisterone to delay your period.

For more information about Period Delay, click here.

Norethisterone Tablets is one of a group of medicines called ‘Progestogens’. Progestogens are similar to the natural female hormone progesterone that is produced by the body. Normally before a period is due there is a fall in the level of progestogen hormone in the body. When it falls below a certain level, the lining of the uterus is shed as menstrual period. By taking Norethisterone this is delayed until you stop taking the medication.

Norethisterone Tablets have many uses and are used to treat a number of menstrual cycle conditions.
It is also prescribed to delay your next period commonly when it is due at a time that would be inconvenient – for example, on a special holiday, during an exam, etc. Delaying a period cannot be guaranteed but the following usually works.

How to take Norethisterone

You will usually take 1 tablet 3 times (15 mg) a day. You need to start taking the tablets 3 days before your
period is due to start. Your period will usually start within 3 days of finishing the tablets.
Norethisterone tablets can be used to delay a period for a maximum of 17 days and needs to be started 3 days before your period (a total of 20 days).

Norethisterone should not be used to delay your period more than once every 6 months.

it’s important to be aware that norethisterone doesn’t act as a contraceptive when used in this way, and it may not be suitable if you have a history of blood clots.

How well it works in delaying periods also varies between women. Some women taking norethisterone have reported side effects, such as:

– bloating
– breast tenderness
– nausea
– headache
– disturbances in mood and sex drive

See our other Period Delay products, click here.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Reasons for stopping Norethisterone Tablets treatment immediately

Very rarely, Norethisterone Tablets may cause a severe allergic reaction which can
be life-threatening in some cases.

The following symptoms could be warning signs of thrombosis (a blood clot) which
will need urgent treatment:
Symptoms of a blood clot in the lungs:
• Sudden, severe, sharp pain in your chest
• Coughing up blood
• You suddenly become short of breath
• Your heart beats more rapidly
Symptoms of a blood clot in the brain
(‘a stroke’):
• You have an unusually severe or long
headache
• Your sight is affected in any way
• You find it difficult to speak
• You collapse or faint
• Any part of your body feels weak or
numb
Symptoms of a deep-vein thrombosis
(DVT):
• You have severe pain, tenderness or swelling in your calf, ankle or foot
• You have purple discolouration of the skin of the leg or the skin becomes red and warm to touch

If you get any of these symptoms, you should stop taking the tablets and see
your doctor immediately.

Reasons for seeking medical advice during treatment

It is important to see your doctor straightaway if you get:
• Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
• Migraine headache for the very first time Your doctor may also decide to stop
treatment if your blood pressure gets too high.

Other side effects
You can also get the following side effects with medicines like Norethisterone Tablets:

Effects on the reproductive system and breasts: bleeding and spotting between periods, lack of periods (amenorrhoea), unexpected or unusual vaginal bleeding, changes in discharge from the cervix,
cervical erosions (this may be seen when you have a smear test), cycles where you don’t ovulate (anovulation), breast pain and tenderness, a milky discharge from the breast when not pregnant or
breastfeeding (galactorrhoea). Effects on the nervous system: headache, depression, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, confusion, nervousness, a feeling of intense happiness (euphoria),
feeling sleepy, loss of concentration, vision problems.

Effects on the stomach and intestines:
feeling or being sick, constipation, diarrhoea, dry mouth.

Effects on the liver: disturbed liver
function, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes.

Effects on your metabolism: altered fat levels in the blood, alteration of blood sugar levels, increased levels of insulin between meals and existing diabetes getting worse, decreased tolerance to
some sugars like glucose, adrenergic-like effects (e.g. fine hand tremors, sweating, cramps in the calves at night), effects on the adrenal glands (e.g. Cushingoid syndrome), cloudy vision, sugar in your urine.

Effects on your heart and circulation:
blood clots, including clots in the lung, and swelling in the veins due to blood clots,
stroke, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, increased blood pressure, feeling your heartbeat, clots in the blood vessels of the retina (this causes visual problems), heart beating faster (tachycardia). Effects on your skin and hair: acne, increase in body or facial hair, hair loss,
itching, rash, hives.

Miscellaneous:
fluid retention andswelling of hands and ankles, bloating, weight gain, raised temperature, change
in appetite, changes in sex drive, fatigue,increase in calcium (seen in blood tests)

Further Information

Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.