What is Utovlan?
Utovlan is a female hormone tablet used to control, regulate or delay a woman’s menstrual cycle.
How does Utovlan work?
Utovlan is one of a group of medicines called ‘progestogens’. Progestogens are similar to the natural female hormone progesterone, which can have an effect on a woman’s menstrual cycle.
What are the benefits of taking Utovlan?
Using Utovlan can provide women with relief or control in regards to their menstrual cycle, particularly for women who experience heavy painful or irregular periods.
It can also be used to treat premenstrual tension (PMT), as well as delaying your next period for times such as holidays. Utovlan can also be effective in treating more serious conditions like endometriosis and breast cancer, making it a highly effective, multi-use drug.
How do I take Utovlan?
Utovlan is a prescription-only medication. Always follow the advice of your doctor and read the patient information leaflet provided in the medication packet. The tablets are to be taken orally and swallowed whole with some water.
Your recommended dose will depend entirely on the condition you are being treated for, which your doctor will be able to guide you on. If you take more than you should, you should contact your doctor immediately. If you forget to take your Utovlan, you should take the tablet as soon as you remember and carry on taking them as normal. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten one.
If you do not have a period after you finish a course of Utovlan, you should check with your doctor in case you are pregnant.
The tablets are 5mg each and your dose will be dependent on what you are using it to treat, to be calculated by your doctor. For heavy bleeding or other problems with your period, you will usually take 1 tablet 3 times a day for 10 days. For premenstrual tension, you will usually take 1 tablet a day for 10 days. For endometriosis, you will usually take 1 tablet 3 times a day for at least 6 months. For breast cancer, you will usually take 8 tablets a day (but it could be up to 12 a day). For delaying your period, you will usually take 1 tablet 3 times a day, starting 3 days before your period is due to start.
Side effects & precautions
Before using Utovlan, you should always first consult your doctor. You should not use Utovlan if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are allergic to Utovlan, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
- if you have now or have ever had any unexplained vaginal bleeding
- if you or a member of your family have ever had a problem with blood clots
- if you have now or have had in the past a heart attack or angina
- if you have liver problems
- if you have ever had a pregnancy where you had jaundice, or an itchy rash
- if you have severe generalised itching all over your body (pruritis)
- if you have a condition known as porphyria (a rare inherited blood disease).
Your prescription of Utovlan may also be affected by a number of other factors, so you should make your doctor aware if any of the following apply:
- Migraine headaches
- Heart problems
- Kidney problems.
Like many medications with active ingredients, Utovlan can affect or be affected by other medicines. Particular medications that you may experience this with are:
- Medicines to treat epilepsy
- Antibiotic medicines to treat an infection
- Antiviral medicines to treat HIV
- Anticancer medicines
- Herbal preparations containing St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
- Aminoglutethimide, sometimes used in Cushing’s Syndrome
- Ciclosporin (for suppressing the immune system)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for treating pain and inflammation
- Medicines for high blood pressure.
If you are taking medication to treat any of the above conditions, then you should make your doctor aware so that they can advise whether or not Utovlan will be the best course of action for you.
Blood clots are a rare occurrence. They can develop whether or not you are taking hormonal medications, however, the risk is higher for those who are taking them. You should notify your doctor immediately if you notice any signs of development.
The most common side effects of Utovlan include:
- Menstrual interruptions (bleeding between periods, lack of periods, changes in discharge)
- Breast pain and tenderness
- Headache, dizziness, loss of concentration. depression,
- Stomach problems (nausea, constipation, diarrhoea)
- Disturbed liver function
- Acne, rash, itching
- Increase in body and facial hair.
If you do experience one or more of these side effects and they persist or worsen, then inform your doctor right away. You should also contact your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects.
How do I buy Utovlan online?
You can safely buy Utovlan online at PharmacyOnline.co.uk. You will first need to have an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Utovlan is the right medication for your medical condition.
Another type of popular period delay medicine is Norethisterone. If you are interested in delaying your period, your doctor will prescribe for you the best period delay tablets. The two most popular that are offered on Pharmacy Online chemist are Utovlan and Norethisterone. Consult your doctor regarding the differences between the two medicines.