Utovlan is a type of medication designed to help treat or manage menstrual disorders. The tablet contains norethisterone, a synthetic form of progesterone, which is a naturally occurring female sex hormone. Progesterone plays a part in facilitating conducive environment for pregnancy by making sure that the womb lining is healthy. The treatment is typically used by women looking to delay their period.
The levels of progesterone decrease in the event a fertilized egg does not attach itself to the womb. The womb lining is then shed as a menstrual period at the end of the cycle. In the event there is an attachment to the womb lining by the fertilized egg, the levels of progesterone remain high to cater for a health womb lining in the course of the pregnancy.
The active ingredient in Utovlan, Norethisterone, copies the effects of progesterone in helping to maintain normal shedding and healthy growth of the womb lining. The drug is used to treat the following;
- Frequent than normal menstrual periods
- Irregular periods
- Heavy periods
- Painful periods
- Postmenstrual tension
- Endometriosis, which is a case where the tissue found in the womb, is found outside the womb
- Heavy doses of Utovlan have also been used to treat breast cancer
Utovlan is a hormonal drug and therefore should be taken as per the doctor’s advice. You should take the tablets three days prior to the day you start your menstrual periods. The pack can contain 30, 60, or 90 pills so that your period can be delayed for 10-30 days. You will experience your period exactly three days after you are through with the Utovlan dosage.
Precautions for Utovlan medication
- Pregnancy. Avoid taking Utovlan during pregnancy. As a hormonal drug, Utovlan may pose a risk to the baby. It is noteworthy that Utovlan is not a contraceptive.
- Breastfeeding. Get your doctor’s advice in case you have to take the drug during breastfeeding. They can recommend whether you can use an alternative feeding method.
- Lactose intolerance. If you have been advised by your doctor that you have an intolerance for certain sugars, seek his advice before you take this medicine.
- Asthmatic, diabetic, epileptic, women with hypertension and women with high cholesterol levels are not advised to use Utovlan.
- You should contact your doctor immediately you overdose on Utovlan.
Contact your doctor and stop medication if you develop the following symptoms after taking Utovlan; Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, wheezing, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes), fatigue, itchy skin rash, swelling hands and feet.
Keep all medicine safely out of reach of children. Always consult your medical practitioner for further advice before taking Utovlan.