• Norethisterone

Utovlan is a prescription medicine for heavy periods and period pain. It contains a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone, and is also used to treat other menstrual conditions.

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Composed of 5mg of norethisterone per tablet, how often you take Utovlan will depend on which condition you are treating. For period pain, this might be one tablet three times per day.

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Utovlan is a treatment for period pain and menorrhagia (heavy periods). It contains a hormone called norethisterone as its active ingredient, which works in the same way in the body as progesterone, by regulating menstruation. In addition to period pain, Utovlan, which is marketed by Pharmacia, also treats endometriosis and premenstrual syndrome.

  1. Relieves period pain
  2. Eases heavy bleeding
  3. Straightforward tablet medication

Every month, the female body undertakes various processes to prepare itself for pregnancy. One of these sees the formation of a lining along the uterine wall (or the endometrium), in readiness to receive a fertilised egg, and provide it with a basis from which to develop. In cases where this insemination does not occur, the lining simply is shed and exits the body through menstrual bleeding.

To assist this shedding, the muscle walls of the womb contract, and this can sometimes lead to feelings of pain. This happens when the muscles around the womb tighten and restrict the flow of blood and oxygen to some parts of it. In response, the body then releases chemicals called prostaglandins, exacerbating pain and increasing the severity and rate at which these muscles contract.

Progesterone works to manage this process. The development of the uterine wall lining comes about as levels of the hormone fall, and then subsequently sheds. In Utovlan, the functioning agent works by mimicking the action of this hormone, and its presence helps to lessen the severe buildup and shedding of the wall lining; reducing muscular contractions and pain as a result.

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How to use Utovlan

Ensure you take this treatment as prescribed by your doctor. Doing so will help you to optimise the benefits of this medicine. It is also vital to read the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet prior to use.

  1. Follow the directions supplied by your doctor.
  2. For the treatment of period pain, a common dose might be one tablet, three times per day for a period of 10 days.
  3. For endometriosis, this might be one tablet per day for a period of up to six months.
  4. Your doctor may choose to increase or repeat a course as appropriate.
  5. Tablets should be swallowed whole with water.
  6. Do not take more than your doctor has instructed.
  7. If you miss a dose, do not compensate with a double dose. Continue the treatment as normal and if you are unsure, ask your doctor for advice.

These instructions are provided as a guide only. Please refer to those in the patient information leaflet when taking this medication.

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Utovlan side effects

It is essential to make yourself aware of the side effects this medicine may cause, as some may indicate the need for medical attention.

If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, liver disease, blood clotting, breast, cervical or womb cancer or any other serious side effects, speak to a doctor immediately. More can be found on this in the leaflet supplied.

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Bleeding and spotting between periods, lack of periods, unusual vaginal bleeding, changes in discharge from the cervix, breast pain and tenderness, a milky discharge from the breast when not pregnant or breastfeeding, headache, depression, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, confusion, anxiety, drowsiness, loss of concentration, vision problems, feeling or being sick, constipation, diarrhoea, dry mouth.

This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with the treatment. A more detailed index can be located in the patient information leaflet, and you can consult your doctor to find out more.

Taking it with other medications

Let your prescriber know if you are currently using any other medications during consultation. The following treatments may interact with Utovlan, or cause it to be less effective: treatments for epilepsy, such as phenytoin or carbamazepine; antibiotic medicines; medications to treat HIV such as ritonavir or nelfinavir; anticancer drugs; St John’s wort; aminoglutethimide; ciclosporin; non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs; or treatments for high blood pressure.

Conditions to look out for

Before taking Utovlan, you should let your prescriber know if you have any conditions or have a history of any, as these may affect your suitability for the product.

Do not use this treatment if you have or have ever had: any unexplained vaginal bleeding; blood clots or a family history of them; heart attack or angina; liver problems; or porphyria.

Utovlan may also not be suitable for you if you have epilepsy, migraines, heart problems, asthma or kidney problems. 

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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. Alcohol will not affect the function of this pill.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Your capacity to drive should be influenced by this drug, but you should refrain from driving and speak to a doctor if you notice any side effects which may make driving unsafe.

Can I use this medicine while pregnant?

No. This treatment should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or suspects they might be. Those who are breastfeeding should consult their doctor before use.

How do I store it?

In a dry environment, below 25°C and out of the reach of children.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Utovlan contains norethisterone. lactose monohydrate, maize starch, polyvidone and magnesium stearate. Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.

Is it available over-the-counter?

You can only buy this medication with a prescription. Our service allows you to have your case assessed by a doctor, who will only issue a prescription if your treatment is safe for you to use.

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