Noriday Pill

  • 99% Effective at Preventing Pregnancy
  • Does not contain any form of Oestrogen
  • Contraceptive Pill
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What type of pill is Noriday?

Noriday is a progestogen-only contraceptive pill, otherwise known as a 'POP'. These tablets contain progestogen but no form of oestrogen. The active ingredient in Noriday is norethisterone, which is used to delay periods.

What is Noriday used to treat?

Noriday is taken by women to prevent them from becoming pregnant.

When taken properly, Noriday is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Noriday’s active ingredient, norethisterone, is a synthetic form of the female sex hormone progesterone.

How does Noriday work?

A Noriday contraceptive pill works in various ways to stop a woman from becoming pregnant:

  • It thickens the fluid at your womb's entrance, making it harder for sperm to travel through to the womb.
  • It changes the lining of your womb, preventing a fertilised egg from being able to grow within it.
  • In some cases, it will stop your ovaries from releasing an egg.

You should take Noriday at the same time each day, beginning on the first day of your period.

Please note that a contraceptive pill like Noriday will only protect you from becoming pregnant. It does not work to stop you catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Only condoms can do this.

How to take Noriday

Take one tablet each day. Swallow the tablet whole with a drink of water.

Take Noriday each day and do not leave any gaps in between packs.

You can take Noriday at any time of day, but you must take it at the same time each day.

Who can take Noriday?

Noriday is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, when taken correctly. However, it is not a safe medication for all women to use.

Do not take Noriday without speaking to your doctor first if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are allergic to norethisterone or any other medicines
  • You are currently suffering from any illness
  • You are taking any other medicine
  • You have liver tumours or active liver disease
  • You are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
  • You have ever had any acute or chronic liver diseases, such as jaundice or tumours
  • You have suffered from jaundice or pruritus during pregnancy
  • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • You have, have ever had, or think you may have any hormone-dependent cancer of the breast, cervix, vagina, or womb
  • You have heart disease, or you have had a stroke
  • You have blood clots (thrombosis)
  • You have never had a period or suffer from lack of periods
  • You have any lipid metabolism disorders
  • You have inflamed veins

Refer to the patient information leaflet for a full list of reasons why Noriday may not be suitable for you.

Can you buy Noriday over the counter?

Noriday is a prescription-only medicine (POM). You can only buy this medication if a doctor has prescribed it for you.

Can you buy Noriday online in the UK?

Noriday tablets are only available on prescription. You can buy Noriday online from Medicine Direct by completing a simple and confidential online consultation. Your answers will be reviewed by one of our registered doctors or pharmacists, who will give you a prescription for this contraceptive pill if they find it to be safe for you to use.

It is important to ensure that you are buying medicine online from a UK fully regulated pharmacy such as Medicine Direct. To learn more about our company, team, medical professionals, and the licenses we hold, visit our about us page.

Noriday alternatives

If you wish to try an alternative contraceptive pill, you should speak to your doctor.

Other progestogen-only pills (POPs) include:

  • Norgeston
  • Cerazette

A combined hormonal contraceptive pill may be more suitable for you. These include:

  • Yasmin
  • Ovranette
  • Synphase
  • Microgynon
  • Logynon

Alternatively, you may wish to try a new type of contraceptive altogether. In this case, you can speak to your doctor about trying one of the following:

  • Condoms
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Contraceptive patch
  • Contraceptive implant
  • Contraceptive injection

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Noriday can cause side effects, although not everyone who takes it will get them.

Possible side effects of Noriday may include:

  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling nervous
  • High blood pressure
  • Rash
  • Gallstones
  • Changes in your weight
  • Upset stomach
  • Irregular periods
  • Migraines
  • Increased or decreased libido
  • Appetite changes
  • Swollen or sore breasts
  • Liver disorders, such as a benign liver tumour

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you suffer from any of the side effects listed above.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for details of more serious reactions you may experience.

For more information on different types of contraception that may be suitable for you, we recommend visiting the Contraception Choices website.

Noriday Pill Dosage and Directions

How to take Noriday

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Noriday.

To effectively prevent pregnancy, always take Noriday 350mcg tablets exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

What if I take more tablets than I am supposed to?

Taking one extra pill should not do you any harm. However, you may feel sick, vomit, or experience vaginal bleeding or breast enlargement.

If you have taken more pills that you are supposed to, speak to a doctor as soon as possible.

What do I do if I miss a pill?

If you are any later than 3 hours in taking your pill, you may not have full protection against pregnancy. If you it has been 3 hours or later since you should have taken Noriday, take the pill as soon as you remember, then take the next pill at the normal time. This may require you to take two tablets in the same day.

Continue to take the contraceptive pill as normal, but use a condom for the next seven days.

Noriday Pill Side Effects

Seek medical attention straight away if you suffer from any of the below while using Noriday:

  • The whites of your eyes or your skin turns yellow
  • You have sudden and severe chest pain
  • You faint or collapse
  • You have any visual problems
  • You become short of breath all of a sudden
  • You have severe pain in one of your calves
  • You are finding it hard to speak
  • You suffer from an unusually severe or long headache
  • Any part of your body feels numb or weak

Any of the side effects listed above may be a sign that you have developed a blood clot.

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a serious allergic reaction to Noriday.

You must either go to A&E or call 999 straight away if you get any of the following symptoms:

  • You have swelling in your face, mouth, tongue, lips or throat
  • You are wheezing
  • You get a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak

You may be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects. If you are worried about side effects or how to cope with them, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Noriday Warnings

Drug interactions

Before you start taking Noriday, please make sure that you inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medication you are already taking. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

In particular, make sure your doctor or pharmacist is aware if you are already taking any of the following medicines:

  • Ritonavir for (HIV and AIDS)
  • Nevirapine for (HIV and AIDS)
  • The herbal remedy St. John's wort (for depression)
  • Primidone (for epilepsy)
  • Topiramate (for epilepsy)
  • Griseofulvin (for fungal infections)
  • Rifampicin (for bacterial infections)
  • Doxycycline (for bacterial infections)
  • Nelfinavir (For HIV)
  • Oxacarbazepine (for epilepsy)
  • Modafinil (for narcolepsy)
  • Phenobarbital (for anxiety, epilepsy and sleeplessness)
  • Carbamazepine (for epilepsy)
  • Ampicillin (for bacterial infections)
  • Rifabutin (for bacterial infections)
  • Phenytoin (for epilepsy)

Always read the patient information leaflet to read more on medicines that interact with Noriday.

Noriday may not be suitable for you to use if you need to take any of the medicines listed above at the same time. Your doctor will be able to advise you as to whether you should stop taking these medicines, or if you should use an extra form of contraception, such as a condom, at the same time as using Noriday.

Noriday may also alter the effects of other medications. Inform your doctor or pharmacist before using Noriday if you are already taking: prednisone, prednisolone, cloprednol or any other corticosteroid medicines.

Noriday contains lactose monohydrate. Speak to your doctor before using this medication if they have told you that you are intolerant to certain sugars.

What precautions should I take with Noriday?

While taking Noriday, you should attend regular check-ups with your doctor or clinic. They will check your blood pressure before you start to take these tablets, then on a regular basis once you start to take them. You may be advised to stop taking Noriday if your levels rise while using this form of oral contraceptive. Your breasts and reproductive organs may also be checked.

All women have a risk of developing breast cancer, whether they take a contraceptive pill or not. However, while taking an oral contraceptive pill like Noriday, the risk of breast cancer is slightly increased. It has not been proven that the pill causes breast cancer; it may be that because women who take the pill are examined more frequently, the cancer is noticed sooner.

It is very important to remember that oral contraceptive pills like Noriday will only work to prevent pregnancy. They will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like gonorrhoea and HIV. You will still need to use a condom to prevent catching sexually transmitted infections. If you think you may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection, you should speak to your doctor or go to your local sexual health clinic as soon as possible.

You are advised to stop smoking before using Noriday. Smoking increases some of the risks of the combined pill, and it is not known whether this also applies to a progestogen-only pill.

Noriday will not directly impair your ability to drive. However, if you suffer from tiredness, feeling faint or any reactions that impair your ability to think or see properly, you are advised not to drive, ride a bike or operate machinery until you feel better. If these symptoms persist, speak to your doctor.

Advice on Addiction and Medication Restrictions

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are worried about becoming addicted to Noriday.

There is no evidence to show that Noriday is an addictive medication to take.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on warnings and drug interactions. Please do not hesitate to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about Noriday.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not take Noriday if you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant.

Contact your doctor straight away if you think you have become pregnant while taking Noriday. There is a slightly higher risk of an ectopic pregnancy if you become pregnant while taking this form of contraceptive pill.

If you miss two periods in a row while taking these tablets, speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. You will need to do a pregnancy test before you can continue your course of medication.

Noriday does not stop a woman's body from producing milk. However, it is best for the baby if the mother's milk contains no trace of medicine for the first few weeks after being born.

For more information on taking Noriday when breastfeeding.

Always read the patient information leaflet for complete details on who may not be suitable to use Noriday. If you are not sure if Noriday is safe for you to take, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Noriday Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Norethisterone

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 25/06/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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