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What are Utovlan tablets?
Utovlan tablets contain the active ingredient norethisterone which is a type of medicine known as a progestogen, a synthetic version of the natural female sex hormone progesterone. This medicine can be used to delay a period or to manage heavy, painful or irregular periods as well as premenstrual tension and endometriosis. In some cases, Utovlan tablets can be used as part of breast cancer treatment.
What is the recommended dosage?
The recommended dosage for Utovlan will depend on the condition you’re wanting to use the tablets for. The information below outlines the usual recommended dosage, but you should always follow your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist’s advice.
For period delay:
The usual dose of Utovlan needed to delay your period is 1 tablet 3 times a day. You will need to start taking the tablets 3 days before your period is due to start, and your period will usually start within 3 days of finishing the tablets.
For heavy or painful periods:
You will usually take 1 Utovlan tablet 3 times a day for 10 days to treat heavy or painful periods. A few days after finishing the tablets, you will usually experience period-like bleeding. To stop your periods from causing problems again, your doctor or pharmacist may suggest taking Utovlan tablets for a few days after your next two periods, usually 1 tablet twice a day for 8 days, 19 days after your last period began.
How does norethisterone delay a period?
Utovlan contains 5mg of the active ingredient norethisterone. During a menstrual cycle, progesterone hormone levels fall and cause the lining of the womb to shed - this is what causes your period to start. By taking norethisterone, a synthetic version of progesterone, three days before your period is due, the hormone levels won’t drop and your period won’t start until you stop taking the tablets.
Is it safe to delay a period?
If you’ve got an event or a holiday coming up, you might be worried about your period getting in the way. Using Utovlan to delay a period is generally safe and it shouldn’t cause you any harm, apart from some possible side effects which are usually minor. Postponing a period with norethisterone is a convenient way to gain control of your period and your plans.
Are Utovlan tablets suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
Utovlan tablets must not be taken if you’re pregnant or think you may be pregnant. This is because hormonal medicines can affect the development of your baby. If you’re breastfeeding, you should speak to a doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Utovlan.
Is Utovlan a contraceptive?
Utovlan is NOT a contraceptive, so you must continue to use a barrier method of contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. To prevent pregnancy and manage your periods on a more long-term basis, a hormonal contraceptive pill or other methods can be considered.
When should this medicine not be used?
Utovlan tablets are only suitable if you’re female - they must not be taken if you’re male. They may be unsuitable for some women; you must not take this medication if:
You are allergic to Utovlan, any of the other ingredients in this medicine, or other similar hormone medicines.
You are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
You have ever experienced any unexplained vaginal bleeding for which your doctor could not find a cause.
You or a family member have ever had a problem with blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis.
You have ever had a heart attack or angina.
You have liver problems
You have ever had a pregnancy where you had jaundice or an itchy rash known as pemphigoid gestationis (small blisters on your abdomen).
You have severe generalised itching all over your body (pruritis).
You have a rare inherited blood disease known as porphyria.
You should talk to a doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Utovlan if you have any of the following conditions:
You should also tell your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist if you have just had an operation or you are due to have an operation whilst taking Utovlan tablets.
Are there any side effects?
As with all medicines, Utovlan can cause side effects, but not everyone gets them. If you experience any symptoms of the following rare but severe side effects, stop taking Utovlan and seek medical attention immediately:
Allergic reaction: wheezing, difficulty breathing, feeling faint, swelling of the face or tongue, swelling of the hands and feet or intense itchy skin rash.
Blood clot in the lungs: severe pain in your chest, coughing up blood, sudden shortness of breath or rapid heartbeat.
Blood clot in the brain (stroke): unusually severe or long headache, effects on your eyesight, difficulty speaking, fainting or collapse or any part of your body feels weak or numb.
Deep-vein thrombosis: severe pain or swelling in your calf, ankle or foot, purple discolouration of the skin of your leg, or red skin that is warm to touch.
If you experience jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) or a migraine headache for the first time whilst taking Utovlan, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Utovlan can cause unwanted effects on the reproductive system, breasts, nervous system, stomach and intestines, liver, metabolism, heart and circulation, skin and hair. For information on these side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet.
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.
Do I need a prescription for Utovlan?
You do need a prescription for Utovlan in the UK. Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition. When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs. Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you. You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children and store below 25°C in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date, which is stated on the packaging. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
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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