Just a few questions from our Pharmacist before you checkout to make sure this medicine is safe for you.
Noriday is a progestogen-only pill, a type of contraceptive pill that is sometimes referred to as the ‘mini-pill’. Unlike combined contraceptive pills, these types of pills do not contain oestrogen. The active ingredient in Noriday is norethisterone. In smaller doses, norethisterone can be used on a temporary basis to delay a period, however, Noriday contains a larger dose that is intended for use as a contraceptive pill to be taken every day.
How Noriday works
Noriday contains the active ingredient norethisterone, which prevents pregnancy by thickening the fluid at the entrance of the womb, making it harder for sperm to travel through. It also changes the lining of your womb so that a fertilised egg cannot grow, and sometimes it can stop your ovaries from releasing an egg in the first place.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Start taking Noriday on the first day of your period and use a barrier contraceptive (like a condom) for the first 7 days. Swallow one pill whole per day, without taking any breaks in between packs. You can take your pill at any time of the day, but it must be around the same time every day. If you are three or more hours late taking your pill, you may not be protected from pregnancy.
Like all medicines, Noriday can cause side effects, but these won't affect everybody. The following side effects have been reported:
- Stomach upsets
- Changes in your weight
- Swollen or sore breasts
- Changes in sex drive
- Changes in appetite
- A rash
- Feeling tired
- Feeling nervous
- Feeling depressed
- High blood pressure
- Irregular periods
- A liver disorder, such as a benign liver tumour
If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Serious side effects
Stop taking Noriday and tell your doctor immediately if you become jaundiced (your skin or whites of the eyes look yellow) or if you experience any signs of a severe allergic reaction. You should also seek emergency medical attention if you notice any of the following side effects which could be warning signs of a blood clot:
- You have a sudden, severe pain in your chest
- You suddenly become short of breath
- You have an unusual, 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 suddenly feels weak or numb
- You have a severe pain in one of your calves
Taking oral contraceptive pills like Noriday may slightly increase your risk of breast cancer. For more information on this potential risk, refer to the patient information leaflet.
Do not take Noriday if you are pregnant, or if you have any of the following:
- An allergy to norethisterone or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- Hormone-dependent cancer of the breast, cervix, vagina, or womb
- Acute or severe chronic liver disease including past or present tumours, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes) and other types of jaundice such as Dubin-Johnson Syndrome and Rotor Syndrome
- Active liver disease or liver tumours
- Any of the following problems during pregnancy: pruritus (itching of the whole body) or jaundice for which your doctor could not find a cause
- Disorders of lipid (fat) metabolism
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- You have never had a period or suffer from a lack of periods (amenorrhoea)
- Inflamed veins (thrombophlebitis)
- Thrombosis (blood clots)
- Heart disease, or you have had a stroke
Talk to your doctor before taking Noriday if you take any other medicines or herbal remedies, or if you have ever suffered from:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Porphyria (a rare inherited blood disease)
- Tetany (muscle twitches)
- Otosclerosis (an inherited form of deafness which sometimes gets worse during pregnancy)
- Diabetes or have a family history of diabetes
- Impaired carbohydrate tolerance
- Migraine headaches
- Heart or kidney problems
- Liver disease
- Varicose veins
- High blood pressure
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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