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Primolut N Dosage to Delay Periods

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Primolut N dosage is administered between day one and five of menstrual cycle. Primolut N tablet is prescribed for delaying periods. Side effects of primolut n are irregular bleeding, headache and rashes. Primolut n is not advisable to patients with a history of breast cancer or during pregnancy.

Primolut N Tablet is a synthetic form of progestin that has a similar action to the female hormone, progesterone. Primolut N is used to treat menstrual disorders and abnormal vaginal bleeding in women caused due to hormonal imbalances. Primolut N is also used for birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies. However, Primolut N can also be prescribed to delay period. Primolut N tablets are the best option for women set to go on holiday. Primolut N tablets have proven to be very effective in delaying periods for up to 15-17 days, providing relief for women who worry about getting their period at an inconvenient time. These tablets give women more control over their lifestyle and allow them to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea with ease and comfort. (1)

In this article, we will look at:

  1. What is Primolut N composed of?
  2. What are the uses of Primolut N?
  3. What are the dosage instructions for Primolut N?
  4. What are the side effects of Primolut N in delaying periods?
  5. When to consult the doctor while taking Primolut N?
  6. When should one stop taking Primolut N?
  7. What medicines interfere with Primolut N?

1. What is Primolut N composed of?

Primolut N Tablet contains Norethisterone. This is a form of the female hormone progesterone, which prevents the uterus from getting rid of its lining when menstruation begins. It comes in the form of a tablet and the dosage strength of Primolut N to delay periods is 5 mg three times daily. A woman can start taking the tablet at least three days before her period is due. She can continue taking it for the duration that she would like to delay her period. However, Primolut N is not to be used as a contraceptive, it cannot prevent a woman from falling pregnant. (2) (3) (5)

2. What are the uses of Primolut N?

Primolut N is used to treat the following:

  • Irregular menstrual periods with heavy and/or persistent bleeding that has no identified cause (4)
  • Lack of menstrual bleeding
  • Premenstrual complaints (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Menopausal complaints in combination with estrogen as part of hormone replacement therapy
  • Endometriosis (a disease leading to complaints caused by womb-lining tissue growing outside the womb

Ask the doctor if you have any questions about why Primolut N has been prescribed. Sometimes a doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.

3. What are the dosage instructions for Primolut N?

It is recommended that Primolut N 5 mg tablets should be taken for up to 17 days. It is safe to delay period for this duration of time. After consumption of the tablets, the period is likely to start after two or three days, however, the time scale may be different for every individual. Primolut N dosage is not recommended for prolonged use, as it can cause side effects and affect the hormonal balance. Primolut N dosage should be at least three times a day, usually at the same time. In case one has forgotten to take the tablet, one can continue taking the regular dose on the following day, or when the next dose is due. Primolut N dosage should be consumed only on doctor’s advice. One should keep taking the tablets until one is ready to restart their period. (5)

Tips for Primolut N Dosage:

Swallow each tablet whole with water. It does not matter if Primolut tablets are taken before or after food. Primolut N is used to treat a number of different conditions, so the Primolut N dosage can vary depending on why a person has been given this medicine. Primolut N dosage may range between 1 tablet daily (in some conditions) up to 4 tablets daily in other conditions. The doctor will advise you on how to take the Primolut N tablets. Follow the instructions printed on the pharmacist label or ask the doctor or pharmacist for help. If Primolut N dosage is taken too much (overdose), immediately consult the doctor for advice. Go to Accident and Emergency centres or the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Primolut N tablet. Follow the instructions even if there are no signs of poisoning or discomfort. 

4. What are the side effects of Primolut N in delaying periods?

Primolut N tablets can cause the following side effects in delaying periods (9)

  • Headaches, dizziness and nausea
  • Primolut N includes changes in bleeding during the period cycle; i.e. irregular or stopped bleeding
  • Weight gain, fluid retention, bloating 
  • Hair loss or excessive growth of hair 
  • Depressed mood, insomnia or sleepiness 
  • Disturbances in liver function
  • Discomfort in breasts 
  • Decreased or increased sex drive 
  • Rashes and itching 

5. When to consult the doctor while taking Primolut N?

  • Feel a lump in breasts (6)
  • Are immobilized (due to an accident or you have your leg(s) in a splint/plaster )
  • Are to have surgery (consult the doctor at least six weeks in advance)
  • Have unusual or heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Have been experiencing unusually severe headaches
  • Develop high blood pressure
  • Are experiencing abnormal vision
  • Have a severe stomach pain

6. When should one stop taking Primolut N?

Primolut N dosage should be stopped immediately in the following cases (7):

  • Known or suspected pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Previous idiopathic or current venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism)
  • Active or recent arterial thromboembolic disease (e.g. angina, myocardial infarction)
  • The presence or a history of prodromi of a thrombosis (e.g. transient ischaemic attack, angina pectoris)
  • A high risk of venous or arterial thrombosis 
  • History of migraine with focal neurological symptoms
  • Diabetes mellitus with vascular involvement
  • Presence or history of severe hepatic disease as long as liver function values have not returned to normal
  • Previous or existing liver tumors (benign or malignant)
  • Known, past or suspected sex hormone-dependent malignancies, including of the genital organs or breast cancer
  • History during pregnancy of idiopathic jaundice or severe pruritus
  • Undiagnosed genital bleeding
  • Untreated endometrial hyperplasia

If any of the given conditions/ risk factors mentioned above is present or deteriorates while Primolut N dosage, an individual risk-benefit analysis should be done before Primolut N tablet is started or continued.

7. What medicines interfere with Primolut N?

It is important to inform the doctor or pharmacist in case any other medicines are consumed, including any medicine that is consumed without a prescription. Some medicines and Primolut N tablets may interfere with each other, these include: (10) (8)

  • Medicines used to treat epilepsy such as primidone, phenytoin, barbiturates, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine
  • Medicines used to treat tuberculosis such as rifampicin, rifabutin
  • Medicines used to treat fungal infections such as griseofulvin
  • Herbal medicines containing St John’s Wort extracts
  • Cyclosporin, a medicine used to suppress the immune system

These medicines may be affected by Primolut N tablet or may even affect how well it works. After completing the Primolut N treatment, your period may be slightly delayed while the body takes time to readjust to the hormone changes. A doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines that you need to be careful with or avoid while taking Primolut N. Keep the Primolut N tablets in the pack until it is time to take them. Keep it in a cool and dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Keep it where children cannot reach it. If the doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, you can ask your pharmacist about doing away with any medicine that is left over.

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  1. ^ Primolut N | Patient Information Leaflet | eMC, 19 July 2019
  2. ^ Primolut N Tablets | NPS MedicineWise, 19 July 2019
  3. ^ Primolut N | Medsafe, 19 July 2019
  4. ^ Primolut-N | Health Direct, 19 July 2019
  5. ^ Primolut N - Patient Information Leaflet | eMC, 19 July 2019
  6. ^ When to consult the doctor while taking Primolut N?, 19 July 2019
  7. ^ When should one stop taking Primolut N?, 19 July 2019
  8. ^ Primolut Tablet, 19 July 2019
  9. ^ What Are the Side Effects of Primolut N in Delaying Periods, 19 July 2019
  10. ^ What medicines interfere with Primolut N?, 19 July 2019
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