Noriday is a progesterone-only pill, or minipill. It is manufactured by Pfizer and is used in contraception.
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This item contains 350 micrograms of norethisterone. It is taken orally once at the same time each day.
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Noriday is a single hormone contraceptive pill manufactured by Pfizer. It belongs to a category of products called minipills, and contains a synthetic version of progesterone, called norethisterone. This helps to prevent pregnancy by altering the regular menstrual processes in the body. Noriday is only available to buy in the UK with a prescription.
- One a day use
- Highly effective at preventing pregnancy
- Single hormone pill
Several conditions need to be present in the womb for conception to be successful. Each month, the body goes through a process called ovulation, in order to optimise these conditions. This is where the ovary releases an egg ready to be fertilised by male sperm. Once it is fertilised, it attaches to the uterine wall and grows into a foetus. If it is not fertilised, the egg simply breaks down in the womb and is expelled during menstruation.
Contraceptive pills work by interfering with the process of ovulation. They do this by supplementing hormone levels and essentially tricking the body into thinking that ovulation has already taken place.
At a certain point during the menstrual cycle, progesterone levels in the body fall, and this acts as a signal for the ovaries to produce an egg. The changes in hormone levels also cause the wall of the uterus, the endometrium, to develop a lining which makes it more receptive to egg implantation.
The active ingredient in Noriday is an artificial version of progesterone called norethisterone. When used in contraception, this hormone prevents the endometrium from developing, so that an egg is not as likely to attach to it. It also helps to thicken cervical fluid, making it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg and initiate fertilisation.
The minipill is different from the regular or combined pill, in that it does not contain oestrogen. This makes it more suitable for those users who are sensitive to oestrogen and more susceptible to associated side effects. It can also, in some cases, be used by women who are breastfeeding, although this should be discussed with a doctor beforehand.
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How to use Noriday
It is important to follow the directions issued by your prescriber when taking this pill. You should also make sure you read the patient information leaflet carefully prior to use. This will enable you to get the best possible results from the treatment, and limit the risk of side effects.
- Take as prescribed.
- This will be one pill taken at the same time each day.
- Begin taking it on the first day of your period (the day your bleeding starts).
- Follow the directional arrows on the packet. Each pill will be marked with the day of the week you take it on.
- This pill is taken continuously, with no breaks.
- During the first week of use you will need to use a barrier contraception such as a condom in addition to this pill, as it may require seven days to become fully effective.
- Consult the instructions provided if you are more than three hours late taking your pill, or forget to take it. Once again, you may need to use additional contraception during this time.
- Please note that no contraceptive pill is 100 per cent guaranteed to prevent pregnancy.
- If you suspect that you have become pregnant while using this pill, speak to your doctor. You should also stop taking this pill and use an alternative until you have confirmed that you are not pregnant.
- More details on what to do if you are switching pills or have recently given birth can be found in the leaflet supplied.
This is only a summary of the directions you will need to follow when using this product. Refer to the instructions provided for more information.
Noriday side effects
Let your doctor know immediately if you develop any side effects, particularly the following as they may be signs of a blood clot: jaundice; sudden, severe chest pain; shortness of breath; severe or long headache; sight problems; difficulty with speech; fainting; weakness or numbness; or severe pain in one of your calves. You should also speak to your doctor right away if you notice anything which may indicate an allergic reaction, such as hives or swelling of the face.
Other side effects:
Rash, migraine, headache, feeling tired, stomach upset, anxiety, feeling depressed, changes in appetite, high blood pressure, changes in sex drive, swollen or sore breasts, or weight fluctuations.
This is not a complete list of side effects. More detailed information is available in the leaflet provided with the product.
Taking it with other medicines
It is crucial to inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications at all when undergoing consultation for this treatment, but this particularly applies to those taking antibiotics, sedatives, or treatment for epilepsy or arthritis.
This pill is not suitable for use in conjunction with St John’s wort. Tell your doctor if you are using this preparation.
Conditions to look out for
This treatment is not suitable for everyone. Your doctor needs be informed of your medical history during consultation, so that they can determine whether or not this pill is safe for you to use.
Noriday should not be taken by those with a history of: cancer of the breast, cervix, vagina, or womb; malignant or benign liver tumours; liver problems, for example jaundice; pruritus (itching all over your body) or jaundice while you were pregnant; high cholesterol; any condition affecting red blood cells, such as sickle cell anaemia; unexplained vaginal bleeding; amenorrhoea; thrombophlebitis; coronary artery disease; heart attack; angina; blood clots; or a stroke.
It may also not be suitable for those with: epilepsy; migraine; heart or kidney problems; depression; diabetes; lactose intolerance; varicose veins; gallstones; asthma; high blood pressure; tetany; multiple sclerosis; porphyria; or otosclerosis.
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Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. It should not affect the function of this pill, provided you take it as prescribed.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes. Your capacity to drive should not be inhibited, but if you feel as though it is, refrain from driving and visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
No. Do not take this or any other hormonal contraceptive if you are pregnant, or trying for a baby.
This pill may be suitable for mothers who are breastfeeding, but you should talk to your doctor about this prior to use.
How should I store it?
In a safe environment, below 25°C and out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
This product contains the following: norethisterone, and inactive ingredients maize starch, polyvidone, magnesium stearate and lactose.
Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
To buy Noriday in the UK, you will need a prescription. This can be obtained by completing our simple consultation process.
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