Norethisterone

  • If you do not take a contraceptive pill, you may be able to take a medication to delay your period called Norethisterone. Norethisterone is part of a group of medicines called Progestogens which are similar to the natural female hormone progesterone that is produced in the body. Usually before the menstrual cycle is due there is a reduction in the level of progestogen hormone in the body. When this falls below a certain level, the lining of the uterus is shed as menstrual period. When you take Norethisterone this delays the process until you stop taking the medication.
  • Norethisterone Tablets can be used to treat several menstrual cycle conditions. It is also prescribed to delay your next period for times when it is inconvenient such as a special holiday or during an exam. Whilst it cannot be guaranteed that the period will be delayed, this medication usually works to stop the cycle for when you want.

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If you do not take a contraceptive pill, you may be able to take a medication to delay your period called Norethisterone. Norethisterone is part of a group of medicines called Progestogens which are similar to the natural female hormone progesterone that is produced in the body. Usually before the menstrual cycle is due there is a reduction in the level of progestogen hormone in the body. When this falls below a certain level, the lining of the uterus is shed as menstrual period. When you take Norethisterone this delays the process until you stop taking the medication.

Norethisterone Tablets can be used to treat several menstrual cycle conditions. It is also prescribed to delay your next period for times when it is inconvenient such as a special holiday or during an exam. Whilst it cannot be guaranteed that the period will be delayed, this medication usually works to stop the cycle for when you want.

For more information about Period Delay, click here.

How to take Norethisterone

The recommended dose is:

  • take 1 tablet 3 times (15 mg) a day.

You need to start taking the tablets 3 days before yourperiod is due to start and then 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 taken 3 days before your period (a total of 20 days). This medication should not be used to delay your period more than once every 6 months.

Please be aware that Norethisterone does not act a contraceptive and it may not be suitable for people with a history of blood clots.

The effectiveness of the medication will vary between women whilst some have reported side effects including:

  • bloating
  • breast tenderness
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • disturbances in mood and sex drive

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Period Delay

Period

A period is when a woman begins to bleed from her vagina as part of the menstrual cycle. For most women, the cycle happens every 28 days and will last for a few days (between 3 and 8) however it is common for periods to happen soon or later than this, ranging from day 21 to day 40. The bleeding will often be at its heaviest in the first 2 days of the cycle and will red in colour. On lighter days, the blood may be pink, brown or black with an average of 30 to 72 millilitres lost during the period (though some woman experience heavier bleeding than this).

Period Delay

There is no guaranteed way to delay your period however it may be possible if you take the combined contraceptive pill. If you take this pill, you can potentially delay your period by taking two packets back to back but how you do this will depend on which form of pill you are currently on.

If you are not sure which pill you are taking or which ones to not take please consult your pharmacist, sexual health clinic or your GP.

You should avoid taking more than 2 packs without a break unless your GP advises so as there is a risk of side effects.

If you don’t take a contraceptive pill

You should consult your doctor for advice if you want to delay your period and you are not taking a combined contraceptive pill. They may prescribe a medication called Norethisterone to delay the menstrual cycle. Your doctor will prescribe how long to take the medication, which is usually 3 tablets per day, starting the course 3 to 4 days before your period is due. Your period should then begin 2 to 3 days after you stop taking your medication.

Please be aware that Norethisterone does not act a contraceptive and it may not be suitable for people with a history of blood clots.

The effectiveness of the medication will vary between women whilst some have reported side effects including:

  • bloating
  • breast tenderness
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • disturbances in mood and sex drive.

 

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30 Tablet, 60 Tablet

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

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
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