How do I use Norethisterone?
To delay your period, one tablet should be taken three times a day. You should start to take the tablets three days prior to the expected start of your period and keep taking it until you wish your period to resume. A normal period should occur 2-3 days after you stop taking the tablets.
What are the side effects of Norethisterone?
Like all medicines Norethisterone can cause side effects but these are rare.
If you experience any of the following side effects you should stop taking norethisterone and contact your doctor immediately:
Swelling of the face and wheezing which may be caused by a severe allergic reaction, thrombosis (a blood clot in a leg or the lungs), changes in liver function or jaundice (yellowing of skin and whites of eyes), migraine, significant rise in blood pressure which may cause persistent headaches.
Other side effects include breakthrough bleeding, breast changes, including breast discomfort, ovarian cysts, changes in sex drive, pre-menstrual (pre-period) symptoms, feeling sick or being sick, stomach ache, acne, allergic skin rashes, itching, discoloration of the skin, swelling due to fluid retention, appetite changes, headache, dizziness, depression, drowsiness, tiredness, sleeplessness, high blood sugar, fever, worsening of vision in patients who are short sighted, minor eye changes which may cause difficulties if you wear contact lenses.
You should consult the full list of side effects for norethisterone on the patient information leaflet provided with your treatment. Details of this can also be found here.