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What is Noriday?

Noriday is a hormonal contraceptive pill. Contraceptives can be used to prevent pregnancy. There are two types - hormonal methods, such as pills that you take, patches, injections or implants, and barrier methods, such as condoms or vaginal films.

Noriday is a progestogen only contraceptive pill that you swallow every day. Progestogen only pills (sometimes called “mini pills”) do not contain oestrogen, as a combined pill does. However, it is around 99% effective at preventing pregnancy if taken correctly.

Noriday is available on prescription from your doctor or pharmacist. It’s also possible to buy Noriday online, following a brief consultation with a pharmacist. Contact us to find out more.

The active ingredient in Noriday is a synthetic form of the female sex hormone norethisterone. For more information on Noriday, please consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Progestogen-only pills such as Noriday work to prevent pregnancy in several ways. Primarily, they thicken the fluid at the entrance of the womb, so sperm cannot travel through it to fertilise an egg. They also thin the lining of the womb, making it difficult for a successfully fertilised egg to implant itself there. Some women who take Noriday do not ovulate, but this does not happen with everyone who takes it.

Noriday can take up to 7 days to begin working, depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. During that time, you should not rely on it for contraceptive protection, and will need to use condoms or another barrier method of contraception during this time.

Before you take it

You should not take Noriday if you are allergic to norethisterone, or any of the other inactive ingredients in this medication. You should speak with your doctor, who will be able to recommend a more suitable alternative method of contraception.

Noriday will not protect against sexual health problems such as sexually transmitted infections. No oral contraceptive will do this. You must use a condom to protect against sexually transmitted infections.

Do not take Noriday in conjunction with any other hormonal form of contraception, especially contraceptive pills. Mixing hormonal contraceptives can cause a rise in blood pressure. One hormonal contraceptive is enough to prevent you from becoming pregnant. Should you wish, you can use non-hormonal methods of contraception, such as a condom or vaginal film with Noriday.

Do not take Noriday if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. It is very unlikely that you will become pregnant while you are using Noriday, but if you do, you should stop taking it and speak to your doctor.

Noriday is not safe to take while breastfeeding. You should talk to your doctor to discuss an alternative method of contraception if you are breastfeeding.

Noriday should not affect your ability to drive or use machinery.

Speak with your doctor before you start taking Noriday if you are more than 35 years old, or if you are a heavy smoker.

Noriday contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to certain types of sugar, you should discuss with them before you take Noriday.

Noriday is linked to a very small increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. Your doctor may wish to perform more regular examinations on you while you are taking Noriday. This may include examination of your breasts, examination of your reproductive organs or performing a cervical smear test. They may also wish to check your blood pressure on an ongoing basis.

If you need to take emergency contraception with Noriday, such as the morning after pill, you should be aware that it may make Noriday less effective. You should use condoms for 14 days after taking emergency contraception.

Noriday is not suitable for all women. You should not take Noriday if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you think you may be pregnant
  • If you have ever had cancer that affects the womb, including cervical, vaginal or womb cancer
  • If you have ever had jaundice or any other chronic liver disease
  • If you have a lipid metabolism disorder
  • If you have ever had depression
  • If you have epilepsy
  • If you have varicose veins
  • If you have high blood pressure

Noriday can interact with some medicines. Tell your doctor before taking Noriday if you are taking any of the following:

  • Antidepressants (citalopram, paroxetine, duloxetine, St John’s Wort)
  • Anticonvulsants (carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, primidone)
  • Medication to treat HIV (ritonavir, efavirenz)
  • Medication to treat sleep disorders (modafinil)

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings and interactions. For a full list, consult the patient information leaflet or speak with your doctor.

Dosage Instructions

You should always take this medication exactly as your doctor has prescribed it. Never exceed the stated dose, and follow the instructions on the packet. If you are in any way unsure of how to take this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

Noriday comes as a calendar pack of 28 pills. Take your pill every day. Start a new pack every 4 weeks. It is very important that you remember to take Noriday roughy at the same time each day. If you are as little as three hours late taking your next pill, you may not be protected from pregnancy.

You must not have any pill free days while you are taking Noriday. Noriday is only effective if you take it every day.

Noriday works best if you start it on day one of your next period - you will be protected from pregnancy immediately if you do this. If you take it on any other day, you will need to use another form of contraception, such as condoms, a vaginal film or a spermicide, for the first 7 days you are taking your pill.

Your periods may be different while you are taking Noriday - this is quite normal. You may experience breakthrough bleeding, or heavier or lighter periods than normal. If these side effects of the medication concern you, discuss them with your doctor. You may occasionally miss a period - contact a doctor if this happens more than once.

Store Noriday in a cool, dry place, away from moisture and heat. Keep it out of the reach and sight of children.

Like all medications, Noriday may cause unwanted side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature, but if they persist become worse, you should consult your doctor. Symptoms include:

  • Stomach upset
  • Abdominal pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Tiredness
  • Weight loss
  • Nervousness

Noriday can cause more serious side effects. These are more serious in nature, but are rare. If you experience them you should go to your doctor. Symptoms can include:

  • Chest pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Changes in vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Severe leg pain

It’s possible that you may experience an allergic reaction to Noriday. An allergic reaction is an emergency, so if you believe that you are experiencing an allergic reaction, you should immediately seek medical advice. Symptoms include:

  • Hives
  • Nettle rash
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Skin rash, itchiness, redness, blistering peeling
  • Tightness in the chest or throat

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. For a full list, you should consult the patent information leaflet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if I become pregnant?

Noriday is around 95% effective if it is taken properly. Most unwanted pregnancies that occur while taking Noriday are due to dosing mistakes, such as taking tablets too late or missing tablets. You should be very careful to take Noriday at the same time each day, every day. If you become pregnant while taking Noriday, do not keep taking it, and go to your doctor or local family planning clinic.

What happens if I vomit or have diarrhoea?

Noriday is absorbed through the lining of the stomach. If you have diarrhoea or vomit within 2 hours of taking Noriday, it may not have been absorbed by the stomach properly. You should take another tablet when you feel well enough.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Noriday should be taken at the same time every day. If you forget to take your pill, and it is not taken within three hours of when you should have taken it, you may not be protected from pregnancy. If you have missed your tablet and it has been less than 3 hours since you should have taken it, take your missed tablet as soon as you remember. If you are more than three hours late taking Noriday, you must take your tablet when you remember, and use extra contraception for the next 7 days.

What happens if I take too much?

If you take too much Noriday it is unlikely to harm you. However, you may experience unwanted side effects, such as irregular bleeding from the vagina, nausea or tremors. You should go to your doctor straight away if you experience these side effects after taking too many Noriday tablets.
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