Utovlan 5mg Tablets (30)


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  • Active Ingredient: Norethisterone
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Utovlan 5mg 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. 

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Utovlan 5mg Tablets

What Are Utovlan 5mg Tablets and What are they used for?

Utovlan is one of a group of medicines called ‘Progestogens’. Progestogens are similar to the natural female hormone progesterone. Utovlan contains the progestogen called norethisterone as the active ingredient. Utovlan has many uses. You can take Utovlan to treat or manage: – Heavy periods – Painful periods – Irregular periods or periods that are more frequent than normal – Premenstrual tension (PMT) – Endometriosis (where tissue from your womb is found outside your womb) – Breast cancer. Your doctor may also prescribe Utovlan if you want to delay your next period.

See more information on period delay here on the NHS website.

Before You Take Utovlan

Do not take Utovlan:

  • if you are allergic to norethisterone or other similar hormone medicines, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
  • if you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant
  • if you have now or have ever had any vaginal bleeding (not a period) for which your doctor could not find a cause
  • if you or a member of your family have ever had a problem with blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • if you have now or have had in the past, a heart attack or angina
  • if you have liver problems
  • if you have ever had a pregnancy where you had jaundice, or an itchy rash known as pemphigoid gestationis. This rash appears as small blisters on your abdomen
  • if you have severe generalised itching all over your body (pruritis)
  • if you have a condition known as porphyria (a rare inherited blood disease)

How To Take Utovlan 5mg Tablets

The following is a general guide on how to take Norethisterone and should not be followed if your doctor has told you specific guidance on how to take Norethisterone.

Recommended doses will depend entirely on the condition you are being treated for.

Norethisterone Tablets for Premenstrual Tension

  • Typically take one 5 mg tablet a day for ten days, starting sixteen days after your last period began

Norethisterone Tablets for Endometriosis

  • Typically take one tablets three times a day for at least six months. If any irregular bleeding occurs, your doctor may increase the dose from 15 mg to four or five tablets, 20-25 mg a day until the bleeding halts

Norethisterone Tablets for Breast Cancer

  • Typically eight tablets, 40 mg a day. This can be increased by your doctor to twelve tablets, 60 mg.

This is not a complete guide on how to take Norethisterone and you should follow the guidance your doctor gave you.

Utovlan 5mg Tablets Dosage

The following Norethisterone dosage is for heavy bleeding and period delay. This Norethisterone dosage is typical and may change depending on the severity of your condition.

Norethisterone Dosage for heavy bleeding and other period problems

  • Typically take one tablet three times a day for ten days. A few days after you top taking Norethisterone tablets you may experience a bleed like a period. To stop your periods causing problems again, your doctor may recommend you take Norethisterone tablets for a further couple of days after your next two periods. This will probably mean you take one tablets twice a day for eight days. These will need to be taken nineteen days after your last period began.

Norethisterone Dosage to delay periods

  • Usually take one tablet three times a day. They should be taken three days before your period is due to start. Your period will then usually start within three days of finishing the dose.

Utovlan 5mg Tablets Side Effects

Like with all medicine, Norethisterone Side Effects can occur but these aren’t experienced by everyone. If you experience any of these Norethisterone side effects, especially if any of them are getting progressively worse, immediately stop and speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Below is a list of Norethisterone Side Effects experienced more, or less when people have taken Norethisterone 5mg. For a full list, please refer to the patient information leaflet.

Reasons for stopping Norethisterone 5mg treatment immediately –

Very rarely, Norethisterone tablets may cause a severe allergic reaction. The following are some of the symptoms:

  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feeling faint
  • Swelling of the face, tongue, hands and feet
  • Intense itchy skin rash

If any of these symptoms are experienced and you are reacting badly, immediately seek medical help.

Symptoms of a blood clot in the lungs:

  • Sudden, severe sharp pain in the chest
  • Coughing up blood
  • Suddenly short of breath
  • Rapid heart beat

Symptoms of a blood clot in the brain, i.e. stroke:

  • Unusually long, severe headache
  • Eyesight is affected
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Collapsing or feinting
  • Parts of the body feel weak or numb

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Period Delay


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:

breast tenderness
disturbances in mood and sex drive

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
• 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
Symptoms of a deep-vein thrombosis
• 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.

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)

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