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- Patient Information Leaflet
What is Utovlan
Utovlan 5mg is used for a variety of reasons, including period delay, heavy, irregular or painful periods, endometriosis and, in some cases, breast cancer. Utovlan is the branded version of norethisterone, which is a synthetic form of the naturally occurring hormone progesterone.
Nearly 800,000 prescriptions are handed out for medications containing norethisterone, such as Utovlan, annually, making it known as a popular ‘lifestyle’ therapy. So whether you want to delay your period for a holiday, your wedding night or before an operation, Utovlan 5mg is an ideal option.
Utovlan drug interactions
People with specific medical conditions should speak to their doctor before taking Utovlan to delay periods, as it is not suitable for everyone. Additionally, some medications also interact negatively with 5mg tablets, so it is essential to tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking, including those bought without a prescription.
Speak to your doctor if you have any of the following medical problems:
● Irregular bleeding
● Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis)
● A history of heart attack or heart disease
● Complications with your liver (or if you have had jaundice during pregnancy)
● Pruritus (itching all over your body)
● Epilepsy or seizures
● Migraine headaches
● Asthma or breathing problems
● Depression or other mood disorders
If you have a known allergy to synthetic progestogens, like Norethisterone, do not take the 5mg tablets. In addition, if you are pregnant, or might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant, then you should consult your GP. The same goes for breastfeeding.
As some medications may interact in a negative manner with Utovlan, you should tell your doctor if you are taking:
● Medicines for treating epilepsy
● Antibiotics like tetracyclines and rifampicin
● Medicines for treating HIV (ritonavir and nelfinavir)
● High blood pressure or hypertension medications
● Medicines for treating cancers
● Ciclosporin (immune system suppressors)
● Herbal medicines like St John’s wort
Why choose Utovlan pill?
For period delay for your wedding, holiday, festival or in preparation for an operation, you can use Utlovlan 5mg for around 14 days, allowing users to have a worry-free break from their menstruation.
Utovlan is considered to be perfectly safe for most women to take occasionally for period delay, including women with a low risk of venous thromboembolism
Can I buy Utovlan online?
You can buy Utovlan tablets online in UK. It can be purchased online once approved by one of our doctors. You will be prompted to fill in a medical questionnaire, after which our experts will assess and approve you for it. If it is felt that this medication is not appropriate or safe for any reason, you will be advised of an alternative, and you can book a free, confidential appointment online with our doctors to discuss this further if you wish. Once you have been given a prescription for a treatment, you do not need to fill in the questionnaire again for this medication. Still, it is recommended that you review your prescriptions regularly to ensure you have the correct dose for your requirements.
Once you have your prescription, you can purchase your medication, which will be sent in a quick, discreet delivery through Royal Mail 1st class or next day delivery where possible.
How effective is Utovlan?
Taking Utovlan keeps the lining of the womb in place to help delay your period, but as with any medication, it will work more effectively for some women than others, but generally, it is considered by doctors to be a very effective method for delaying menstruation.
You will then continue without your period until you stop taking your Utovlan 5mg, after which your period should begin again.
How does Utovlan work?
Each month, as long as a woman is not pregnant, the level of a hormone known as progesterone lowers, which triggers a reaction causing the womb to shed. This is experienced as the monthly period. If this hormone progesterone does not decrease, such as in the case of pregnancy or when a synthetic form of female hormone progesterone is administered into the body via a medication including Utovlan 5mg tablets, the body does not trigger a period. Therefore, when a woman uses Utovlan, she can safely delay the menstruation period for up to 14 days.
What dose should I choose?
Utovlan (Norethisterone) is only available in the form of a 5mg tablet.
How should I take Utovlan?
You will be advised how best to use Utovlan 5mg by your doctor, but generally speaking, for period delay, the users would begin taking the tablets three days before their period is due and then one 5mg tablet 3 times daily for up to 14 days, or as long as they are prescribed. Once you stop taking the medication, your period will begin again.
If you forget to take your tablet, you can take it when you remember as long as you are not too close to your next dose. Do not take a double dose at once or too close together.
What is contained in Utovlan?
What are the side effects of Utovlan?
Different medications can cause a variety of side effects depending on the patient using them. Whilst some people may experience very little, others may have severe allergic reactions or side effects.
The most common side effects from Utovlan are a change in your cycle, breakthrough bleeding, headaches, nausea, dizziness, rashes, itching, acne, libido changes and unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Other possible issues linked to this medication are migraines, breast soreness, reactions of the skin such as acne, tiredness, dizziness, depression and increased blood pressure. Read the patient information leaflet for more details.
How long can I take Utovlan for?
Utovlan period delay tablets are not recommended to be taken for more than 14 days unless otherwise stated by your doctor. Period delay medication such as Utovlan can cause uncomfortable side effects such as cramps as the body comes out of its natural cycle. After using this prescription medication, it may take a month or two to get back into a normal menstrual cycle, so it is wise to use it for as minimal a time as possible.
Can I take Utovlan whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?
Hormonal medications can affect a developing baby, so it is unlikely you would be prescribed this treatment during this time. If you think you may be pregnant, you will likely be asked to perform a pregnancy test before being prescribed Utovlan.
Discuss using this treatment if you are breastfeeding. You may be recommended to use an alternative medication or method of feeding your baby whistle you use Utovlan 5mg tablets.
When should I stop taking Utovlan?
Ideally, it would be best to stop taking Utovlan 5mg tablets when you don't want to delay your period anymore. Your cycle will return to normal 2 to 3 days after you stop taking the pills.
But you should also stop taking the pill if you have symptoms that resemble an allergic reaction. Seek immediate medical attention if:
● Your face, lips, tongue, hands or feet get swollen
● You get an itchy, red and painful skin rash
● You have difficulty breathing
● You feel dizzy or faint
● You feel pain in your chest
Note that Utovlan 5mg tablets increase your risk of developing blood clots. Also, stop taking Utovlan and seek medical attention immediately if you have the following:
● Difficulty breathing
● Chest pain
● Pain or swelling in your leg (particularly in your calf)
● Fast heartbeat
● Numbness in any part of your body
● Severe headaches or migraines
● Cough up blood
● Feel dizzy or faint
What happens when you stop taking Utovlan?
When you stop taking Utovlan 5mg tablets, your next period arrives in about 2 to 3 days. Utovlan does not prevent pregnancy. If your periods do not start opt for a pregnancy test. You can get pregnant while using Utovlan.
Is Utovlan a Contraceptive?
Utolvan is not a contraceptive pill. Utovlan is a synthetic progestogen intended for the short time use for delaying periods. It contains 5mg of the active ingredient known as norethisterone, a manufactured progestogen. It should only be taken a short time to delay your period.
Note that Utovlan 5mg's only purpose is delaying periods and does not provide contraceptive cover. Opt for a combined oral contraceptive pill instead if you wish to use a contraceptive.
Can you take Utovlan when your period has started?
In some cases, doctors prescribe Utovlan in order to stop heavy or extended periods. For such, Utovlan takes about two to three days to start working.
However, the most effective way to delay your period is to take Utovlan about 2 or 3 days before your next period is expected.
Does Utovlan help you with heavy periods?
Utovlan contains the synthetic progestogen commonly referred to as norethisterone. Norethisterone typically treats heavy or painful periods. Norethisterone is generally 5mg tablets, but it is prescribed in various ways depending on whether it is to prevent periods or treat heavy bleeding. Utovlan's primary purpose is to delay periods. For the treatment of heavy periods, speak to your doctor.
Can I buy Utovlan over the counter?
No. Utovlan 5mg tablets are a prescription medication. You can legally obtain it or its generic medication in the UK if you have a prescription. Contact Click Pharmacy to buy utovlan tablets online, where one of our prescribers will prescribe them after you have filled out a quick medical questionnaire.
Other warnings to consider
If you experience severe stabbing pains or swelling in one leg, pain when coughing and breathing, coughing up blood, chest pain, numbness or visual changes, then contact your doctor right away.
There are certain medications which, when taken alongside Utovlan period delay tablets, can lower their effectiveness. Such medicines, which include herbal supplements and vitamins, include griseofulvin, certain antibiotics and St John’s Wort. Ensure you let your doctor know about any other medication you are presently using before beginning a prescription of Utovlan.
It is important to bear in mind that these types of medication cannot be used to stop pregnancy. As such, if you are planning on using Utovlan period delay tablets, you must also use some form of contraception as well.
Can I take Utovlan If I am Flying?
Yes. Unless your doctor advises you against it, it is safe to take the period delay tablets while flying for period delay. However, there are some risk factors associated with it. Utovlan can increase your risk of blood clots, particularly if there are other risk factors for blood clots present. For instance, family history, high blood pressure or heart disease.
You can reduce your risk of developing blood clots by:
● Drinking lots of water
● Moving your feet and legs when you are sitting down
● Taking a brisk walk around the cabin whenever possible
● Dont drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks as it can lead to dehydration
● Wearing compression stockings
Can I get Utovlan on the NHS?
You can get Utovlan for period delay on the NHS with the help of your local GP. A face-to-face appointment is necessary, though. Once you receive a doctor's prescription, you can purchase Utovlan from local pharmacies or through online pharmacy such as Click Pharmacy.
Alternatives for Utovlan
For further reading on the difference between Norethisterone and Provera, click here.
Do I need a prescription to purchase Utovlan Tablets?
Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Utovlan Tablets. After completing a short online questionnaire on our website you will be provided with a prescription, allowing you to purchase Utovlan Tablets.
When should I begin taking Utovlan Tablets to delay my period?
To effectively delay your period, it is advised to begin taking Utovlan Tablets 3 days prior to the day you want to delay your period.
After using Utovlan Tablets how long does it take to return to my normal menstrual cycle?
After completing your treatment you may experience irregular periods. It should take around 2 months for your menstrual cycle to return to normal.
Can I take Utovlan Tablets on an empty stomach?
It is safe to take Utovlan Tablets on an empty stomach, however to prevent any nausea like feeling it is advised to take them after a well balanced and healthy meal.
Will Utovlan Tablets make my future periods painful?
There is evidence to suggest that you may experience painful periods after completing your treatment. However this should only last for 1-2 months, after that your menstrual cycle should return to normal.
Will using Utovlan Tablets affect my ability to drive or operate machinery safely?
There is no evidence to suggest that using Utovlan Tablets can affect someone’s ability to drive or operate machinery safely.
Will Utovlan Tablets affect my contraception?
Utovlan Tablets generally do not affect any form of contraception. If you are worried about this it is recommended to speak to a GP or pharmacist prior to beginning your treatment.
Like all medicines, you will experience a number of side effects from using Utovlan Tablets. It is important to note that not everyone will experience the same side effects, this may depend on your hormones. Common side effects include:
- Painful future periods
- Irregular periods
- nausea/feeling sick
- Water retention
- Stomach problems
- Changes in sex drive
- Liver problems
- Visual disturbances
- Breakthrough bleeding
Serious Side Effects:
- Facial swelling
- Feeling faint
- Swelling of hands or feet
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin rash
Taking Utovlan can cause blood clot. Stop taking the medication immediately and consult your doctor.