Utovlan Tablets (5mg)

  • Also available as generic Norethisterone
  • Can delay a period for up to 7 or 17 days
  • Start taking 3 days before your period is due
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What is Utovlan used for?

Utovlan is the branded version of the period delay treatment Norethisterone.

Norethisterone is a synthetic progestogen that simulates the natural female sex hormone progesterone.

Utovlan 5mg tablets are a period delay medication used by women. This medication contains the active ingredient norethisterone, which belongs to a group of medicines known as progestogens, which are similar to the natural female hormone progesterone.

Utovlan is generally prescribed to delay your period for holidays, weddings and other specific events.

Women should start taking the tablets three days before the start of their period, until the course of tablets has been completed.

Aside from being a period delay medicine, Utovlan can also be taken to treat or manage the following:

  • Breast cancer
  • Heavy periods
  • Painful periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular periods
  • Premenstrual tension (PMT)

You need a prescription to buy Utovlan tablets, which you can obtain from Medicine Direct after completing a simple and confidential online consultation. Your answers will be reviewed by one of our registered doctors or pharmacists, who will prescribe this period delay medication if they deem it safe for you to use.

From there, you can use this prescription to place your order with out UK-based pharmacy. If your order is placed by 2pm, we can also offer you next day delivery.

Why delay your period?

It is perfectly natural for a woman to have a monthly period; this is an important and natural part of your menstrual cycle.

However, there may be times when you wish to delay your period to avoid it arriving at an inopportune time. The most common reasons to delay your period are:

  • For a wedding or special occasion
  • For a holiday or whilst travelling

There is no specific reason you must give to ask a doctor for medication to delay your period, and most women have considered delaying their period for convenience. You may be getting married and wish to delay your period so that it comes after your wedding day, or you may be going on holiday and ask for this medicine so you are not on your period while travelling.

Utovlan tablets are designed to be taken in isolated events, they should not be used to permanently prevent your period from occurring. Please note that Utovlan is not a treatment for period pain, you should speak to your doctor instead of asking for this kind of medicine; there may be an underlying reason for this pain.

Utovlan tablets cannot stop a period from occurring if it has already started.

What else can cause a missed period?

Many women occasionally miss a period, if it only happens rarely this should be no cause for concern.

Missing a period is a sign of pregnancy, but it can also be the result of stress, weight loss, excessive exercise, low body fat or a hormone imbalance. When a woman starts to go through the menopause, her periods may also become irregular, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may often be needed to replace the lost hormones due to the menopause.

If you miss a period and become worried, you should speak to your doctor as, in rare instances, this may be a sign of a serious problem like ovarian cancer.

Norethisterone as a hormonal replacement therapy

When taken in combination with oestrogen, norethisterone is also used in hormonal replacement therapy (HRT).

Hormone replacement therapy most commonly involves taking a combination of oestrogen and progesterone (combined HRT). Taking oestrogen on its own increases the risk of endometrial cancer.

Who can take Utovlan?

Utovlan can be used for a range of issues, but it is not suitable for all women to take.

Do not take Utovlan if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are allergic to norethisterone or any of the other ingredients contained in this medication (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • You are currently pregnant or think you might be pregnant (your doctor may ask you to take a pregnancy test to make sure)
  • You have any liver problems
  • You have pruritus
  • You have the inherited blood condition porphyria
  • You have or have ever had angina or a heart attack
  • You have ever had a pregnancy where you had jaundice or pemphigoid gestationis
  • You or anyone in your family has ever had issues with blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • You have or have ever had an unexplained vaginal bleeding

Do not take Utovlan without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist if you suffer with any of the following conditions:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart problems

Risk of venous thromboembolism

Whether you are taking a hormone medicine like Utovlan or not, all women have a small risk of developing blood clots in the leg, lung or other organ in the body. However, your chances are slightly higher when taking a hormone medicine.

You are at an even higher risk if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • You have a history of repeated miscarriages
  • You have a serious injury or have major surgery
  • You have relatives who have suffered with blood clots
  • You are overweight
  • You have had a blood clot in the lungs or veins before
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for long periods of time

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You must not use Utovlan if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. Utovlan is not a contraceptive medicine, so you should not take it to stop you getting pregnant.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Utovlan if you are breastfeeding. They may advise you to use an alternative method of feeding your baby.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Utovlan comes with the risk of side effects, although not everyone will get them.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the side effects listed below:

Effects on the nervous system: depression, dizziness, headache, vision problems, loss of concentration, feeling sleepy, euphoria, nervousness, confusion, situational anxiety

Effects on reproductive system or breasts: bleeding and spotting between periods, no period at all, milky discharge from the breast, cervical erosions, changes in cervical discharge, unexplained vaginal bleeding, breast pain and tenderness, cycles where you do not ovulate.

Effects on the stomach and intestines: nausea and/or vomiting, dry mouth, diarrhoea or constipation.

Cysts and tumours: liver disorders (such as benign liver tumours). This may cause severe abdominal pain.

Effects on metabolism: altered blood sugar levels, altered levels of fat in the blood, increased levels of insulin between meals and existing diabetes getting worse, decreased tolerance to certain sugars, sugar in urine, cloudy vision, affects on the adrenal glands.

Effects on your heart and circulation: blood clots, including clots in the lung, swelling in the veins from a blood clot, stroke, heart attack, cognitive heart failure, increased blood pressure, clots in the retina's blood vessels, heart beating faster.

Effects on skin and hair: increased body or facial hair growth, acne, itching, hives, rash, hair loss.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for information on other adverse effects you may experience.

Provera is another medication used to delay periods in women and is available at Medicine Direct.

Utovlan Dosage and Directions

How to take Utovlan

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE giudelines when prescribing Utovlan Tablets.

To effectively delay your period, you must always take Utovlan 5mg tablets exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you need further guidance.

How much you will need to take will depend on the reason why you were prescribed this medication.

To delay your period:

You will normally be told to take one tablet three times a day. Start taking the tablets three days before your period is due. You will normally get your period within three days after you stop taking the tablets. Speak to your doctor if you do not get a period after you stop taking Utovlan, they will want to rule out the possibility that you might be pregnant.

For heavy periods or other period problems:

You will usually take one tablet three times a day for 10 days. You will normally get a bleed similar to a period a few days after you stop taking the tablets.

Your doctor may also instruct you to take Utovlan for a few days after your next two periods, to stop your periods from causing more problems in the future.

For endometriosis:

You will usually take one tablet three times a day for at least six months.

Your doctor may increase the dose to four or five tablets a day if you suffer irregular bleeding.

For breast cancer:

You will normally take 8 tablets a day. Your doctor may increase this dose to 12 tablets.

What if I take more than I am supposed to?

Seek medical attention straight away if you have taken more tablets than you were supposed to.

What if I forget to take it?

If you miss a dose, take the tablet(s) as soon as you remember, then continue to take them as normal.

Never take a double dose to try and make up for forgetting to take a previous one.

How long does it take for your period to come after taking Utovlan?

Your period will normally come within three days after you stop taking Utovlan tablets.

How long does it take to stop bleeding after taking norethisterone?

Your bleeding will normally stop between 24 and 48 hours after you start to take this medication.

How many Utovlan tablets can you take in a day?

When using Utovlan as a period delay medicine, you should take one tablet three times a day. Do not take more than you were instructed to by your doctor or pharmacist.

Can you drink alcohol while taking Utovlan?

Yes, you can drink alcohol in moderation while using these tablets.

Is Utovlan a contraceptive?

No, Utovlan is a period delay medication. Norethisterone is not a contraceptive and should not be taken to prevent pregnancy.

Is Utovlan safe?

This norethisterone medicine is perfectly safe for short-term use. It is not meant to be used for long periods of time, but is safe to use for up to 17 days.

How long is it safe to take Utovlan for?

You can use this medicine for up to 17 days. It is not recommended you use it for longer than 20 days.

How much is Utovlan on prescription?

To buy Utovlan from Medicine Direct, the price is £19.99

Can you take Utovlan and the mini pill at the same time?

Yes, norethisterone can be taken alongside your regular hormone contraceptive pill.

Utovlan Side Effects

Further side effects can be found on the main product page.

Stop taking Utovlan and seek medical attention straight away if you get any of the side effects listed below:

Symptoms of a blood clot in the lungs:

  • Coughing up blood
  • Becoming short of breath
  • Sudden, sharp or severe pain in the chest
  • Rapid heartbeat

Symptoms of a blood clot in the brain (stroke)

  • Visual disturbances
  • A headache that is unusually long or severe
  • Finding it hard to speak
  • Collapse or fainting
  • A part of your body feels weak or numb

Symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis:

  • Pain, swelling or tenderness in your calf, ankle or foot
  • Purple skin discolouration or skin becomes red or warm to the touch

You should also seek medical attention straight away if you get signs of jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes), or a migraine headache that has not happened before.

Serious allergic reaction

In rare instances, it is possible that you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Utovlan and require immediate treatment in hospital.

You may be having a serious allergic reaction if you get any of the following symptoms:

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

If you get any of these symptoms, you must either go to A&E or call 999 straight away.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on side effects and what you should do if you get them. If you are worried about getting side effects, please do not hesitate to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use this medicine.

Utovlan Warnings

Before you start to take Utovlan, please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are already taking any other prescription or non-prescription medicine, including herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

Utovlan may interact with other medicines and increase your risk of side effects.

The medicines listed below may have an impact on how well Utovlan works:

If you need to have any blood tests or observations, ensure you tell your doctor that you are using Utovlan, as this medication can interfere with certain laboratory tests.

Utovlan contains lactose, so if your doctor has ever told you that you are intolerant to certain sugars, you should speak to them before you start to take this medicine.

Some women have reported experiencing depression while using medicines like Utovlan. If you start to feel depressed, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Depression can lead some people to have suicidal thoughts. If you start to have suicidal thoughts, seek immediate medical help.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of drug interactions and precautions you should take while using Utovlan. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.


Utovlan contains the active ingredient norethisterone.

It also contains the following inactive substances: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, polyvidone and magnesium stearate.

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Written bySonia Khan MPharm: 2076091

Updated on: 04/06/2021

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

Sonia Khan
MPharm: 2076091


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