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?

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 can be taken occasionally to delay periods to prevent them from occurring at inconvenient times. It is also prescribed for problems like heavy, painful or irregular periods.

You need a prescription to buy Utovlan tablets.

What is Utovlan used to treat?

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 begin 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)

How does Utovlan work?

Utovlan contains a synthetic progestogen, norethisterone. This medicine mimics the body’s natural progesterone hormone, which thickens the womb lining in preparation for a fertilised egg to be implanted.

The level of progesterone increases after you have ovulated so the womb can prepare for an embryo after an egg has been fertilised. If an egg has not been fertilised, the progesterone levels decrease and the womb lining sheds; this causes a menstrual period.

Taking Utovlan a few days ahead of your next period means that the progestogen levels remain high and the womb lining does not shed. Once you stop taking Utovlan, you should get your period after about two or three days.

Utovlan dose

The table below shows the usual dose of Utovlan, depending on why you need to take it:



Period delay

1 tablet 3 times a day. Start taking them 3 days before you are due for your period.

Premenstrual tension

1 tablet each day for 10 days, starting 16 days after the last period began.

Heavy bleeding or other period issues

1 tablet 3 times a day for 10 days.


1 tablet 3 times a day for at least 6 months.

Breast cancer

8 tablets each day, which your doctor may increase to 12 tablets.

Always take the dose your doctor has prescribed for you.

How to take Utovlan

When taking Utovlan to delay your period, your doctor will normally instruct you to take one tablet three times a day (15mg). Begin taking Utovlan three days before you are supposed to start your period.

After you have taken the course of tablets, you will normally get your period three days later. If you finish your course of tablets and still don’t get a period, you should speak to your doctor as you may be pregnant.

Swallow Utovlan tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not chew or crush them.

See the patient information leaflet for comprehensive instructions before you begin treatment.

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
  • 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 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 ever had any 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

Can you buy Utovlan over the counter?

No, Utovlan is only available on prescription and cannot be bought over the counter.

Can you buy Utovlan online in the UK?

To buy Utovlan online, you should only order it from a regulated pharmacy like Medicine Direct. This will ensure you are ordering a genuine and safe version of this medication.

As Utovlan is a prescription-only medicine (POM), you will first need to complete a confidential online consultation before you can purchase it. One of our doctors, pharmacists or prescribers will review your answers to make sure that this medicine is suitable for you. Next day delivery is available if you order by 2pm.

Utovlan alternatives

Utovlan is the branded version of norethisterone. You can also purchase generic norethisterone tablets from our online pharmacy by filling out an online consultation questionnaire. These tablets will work in the same way as Utovlan to delay your period.

Alternatively, we also sell Provera tablets for period delay, which contain medroxyprogesterone acetate. This medicine is most effective when used to delay a period for a short time.

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.

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.

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:

  • Medicines to treat epilepsy
  • Antibiotics used to treat infections
  • Antivirals to treat HIV
  • Anticancer medications
  • Medicines to treat high blood pressure
  • Medicines to treat pain and inflammation known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Naproxen
  • Herbal remedies that contain St. John's wort
  • Aminoglutethimide
  • Ciclosporin

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.

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.

Utovlan 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 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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