Norgeston is an oral contraceptive pill also known as the ‘Mini Pill” used by women to stop pregnancy
Norgeston contains the hormone levonorgestrel
Norgeston is very reliable when taken correctly
Norgeston contains the female sex hormone progestogen which stops women getting pregnant by:
making the fluid (mucus) in the cervix thicker which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb
preventing the womb lining thickening enough for an egg to grow in it
In some women, it also stops the ovary from releasing an egg each month
Norgeston is taken every day without a break for 35 days.
The benefits of taking Norgeston include:
one of most reliable reversible methods of contraception if used correctly
sex is not interrupted
Norgeston will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections, only condoms can help to do this.
To read the patient information leaflet for this product click here https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.2901.latest.pdf
Always take Norgeston as instructed, consult your Patient Information Leaflet.
Take Norgeston every day for 35 days.
Norgeston comes in strips of 35 pills, each marked with a day of the week.
Take your pill at the same time every day. Make sure that you are never more than three hours late with a pill otherwise the contraceptive protection may be lost.
Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week.
Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have
finished all 35 pills.
Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill.
Start your next strip of Norgeston the very next day after finishing the previous pack, again taking
a pill marked with the day of the week. Always start the new strip on time.
You will be taking pills through your periods and there must be no break between packs. As long as you take Norgeston correctly, you will always start each new strip on the same day of the week.
Each box of Norgeston contains one memo strip of 35 white tablets.
Each tablet contains: 30 micrograms of the progestogen levonorgestrel.
Norgeston also contains the inactive ingredients:
lactose, maize starch, povidone, polyethylene glycol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, magnesium stearate (E 572), sucrose, montan glycol wax.
Make sure you understand the benefits and risks of taking Norgeston before you start taking it, or when deciding whether to carry on taking it. Always consult the Patient Information Leaflet for more information.
Norgeston is suitable for most healthy women but it may not be suitable for everyone. Tell your doctor if you have any of the illnesses or risk factors mentioned in the Patient Information Leaflet.
Consult your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
If you are pregnant or might be pregnant or have ever had a pregnancy develop outside the womb (an ectopic pregnancy) or one of your Fallopian tubes is missing
If you have ever had a severe liver disease and have been told by your doctor that your
liver function test results are not yet back to normal
If you have ever had liver tumours
If you have cancer affected by sex hormones –such as current or history of breast cancer
If you have vaginal bleeding that has not been explained by your doctor
If you have ever had a problem with your blood circulation. This includes a blood clot
(thrombosis) in the legs (deep vein thrombosis), lungs (pulmonary embolism), heart (heart attack), brain (stroke) or any other parts of the body
If you have severe diabetes with changes to the blood vessels
If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients in Norgeston.
If you have ovarian cysts
If you have ever suffered from yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
If you have ever suffered from persistent itching (pruritus)
If you have brown patches on your face or body (chloasma). If so avoid too much exposure to the sun or ultraviolet radiation.
Some medicines can stop Norgeston from working properly – for example:
some medicines used to treat epilepsy
some medicines used to treat HIV
some medicines used to treat serious vomiting (e.g aprepitant)
medicines used to treat high blood pressure in the blood vessels in the lungs (e.g
griseofulvin (an anti-fungal medicine)
certain sedatives (called barbiturates)
St. John’s Wort (a herbal remedy)
taking Norgeston can mean that the levels of some drugs in your blood may either go up (e.g. ciclosporin) or go down (e.g. lamotrigine)
Norgeston may also increase or reduce the effects of some anticoagulant drugs (e.g. couramins) or inhibit the anticoagulant effect (e.g. phenindione)
Norgeston can also interfere with the results of some blood tests, so always tell your doctor that you are taking Norgeston if you have a blood test
If you do need to take one of these medicines, Norgeston may not be suitable for you or you may
need to use extra contraception for a while. Your doctor, pharmacist or dentist can tell you if this is necessary and for how long.
Norgeston contains lactose and sucrose - if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before using Norgeston.