|Period Delay Tablets|
|How To Use||You must start to take Norethisterone 3 days before your period is due to start – it must be taken 3 times a day for every day you wish to delay your period (up to 17 days maximum).|
|How it works||Norethisterone is a synthetic version of the female hormone progesterone. It works by keeping your natural progesterone levels up to stop your womb lining from shedding. This delays your period.|
|Is it safe?||It is safe for most women to use on an occasional basis. It should not be taken regularly however. It is also not a contraceptive so should not be used to prevent pregnancy.|
Utovlan, is a synthetic hormone. It can have multiple uses, however is often used as a tablet to delay periods. Utovlan contains the active ingredient Norethisteron 5mg, and can be taken to delay periods for upto 17 days.
What are the Side Effects of Utovlan?
How does Utovlan work?
How To Take Utovlan?
You can not take Utovlan, if:
- you are pregnant
- you are allergic to norethisterone, or any other progesterone
- you have or have had unexplained vaginal bleeding (other than a normal period)
- you have had a heart attack or angina
- you have ever suffered from jaundice or a rash called pemphigoid gestationis during pregnancy
- you have ever experienced pruritus (an itchy rash all over your body)
- you have the blood disease porphyria
- you or members of your family have a history of blood clots or thrombosis
- you have or have had liver problems
Side Effects of Utovlan
Utovlan is generally a well tolerated medicatoin, and most women will not experience side effects.
With any medication you take however, there is always a risk of side effects occuring. Some are more common than others, and often side effects may subside with the regular usage of the medicine. If the side effects do not subside, you should report them to us, or your GP.
Possible Side Effects
- bleeding or spotting between periods
- unusual vaginal bleeding
- changes in vaginal discharge cervical erosions (may show in a smear test)
- breast pain or tenderness discharge from the breast headaches
- dizziness and confusion problems concentrating
- visual disturbances fatigue
- difficulty sleeping stomach problems such as being sick, feeling sick, constipation or diarrhoea
- dry mouth
- liver problems jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
- water retention bloating swelling of hands and ankles changes in appetite
- changes in sex drive
The side effects listed below are more serious, and you should stop taking Utovlan, and report these to your GP immediately.
- itchy skin rash
- facial swelling / tongue swelling
- swelling of hands and feet
- feeling faint
- difficulty breathing
Utovlan and blood clotting.
Utovlan can increase your risk of developing a blood clot or thrombosis. You must STOP taking this medicartion and visit your local doctor or A+E immediately if you experience:
- sudden sharp pain in your chest
- coughing blood
- shortness of breath
- rapid heart beat
- difficulty speaking
- fainting or collapse
- weakness or feeling numb
- pain, swelling or tenderness of calf or foot
- purple discolouration of skin
- unusually long or severe headache
- visual disturbance
These symptoms can be signs of a blood clot and must not be ignored.
For a full list of side effects, please read the patient information leaflet.
You can read the full patient information leaflet on Utovlan here.