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Norcolut is a medication widely used in gynecology to manage menstrual disorders and other hormone-related conditions.

Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024

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What is Norcolut? 

Norcolut is a medication widely used in gynecology to manage menstrual disorders and other hormone-related conditions. Its active ingredient is norethisterone (also known as norethindrone), a synthetic progestogen similar to the natural hormone progesterone. 

The drug functions by mimicking the effects of natural progesterone, which is crucial in regulating menstruation and maintaining pregnancy. Norethisterone helps in controlling the growth and shedding of the womb lining, thus treating various menstrual issues. 


Global Name

The generic name for Norcolut is norethisterone (norethindrone), and it is also available under brand names like Primolut N, Utovlan, and Aygestin. 


What is Norcolut used for? 

Norcolut is used to treat: 

How do you use Norcolut?  


Norcolut is available in tablet form. 

Dosage information:

  • Adults: Typically, 5 mg daily for specific days of the menstrual cycle, depending on the condition being treated. The regimen may vary. 
  • Elderlies: Same as adults, but with close monitoring for side effects. 
  • Children: Not recommended for prepubertal children. 

Are the following suitable to take the drug: Children, adults, elderlies? 

  • Children: Not suitable for prepubertal children. 
  • Adults: Yes. 
  • Elderlies: Yes, with caution.

Is there anyone who can’t take Norcolut ? 

  • Children: Not recommended for prepubertal children. 
  • Adults: Those with a history of thromboembolic disorders, liver diseases, patients with estrogen and/or progesterone sensitive tumors, or unexplained vaginal bleeding should avoid it. 
  • Elderlies: Use with caution due to increased risk of side effects. 
  • Pregnancy: Should not be used as it may affect the pregnancy. 
  • Lactation: Not recommended as it can affect milk production and quality. 

Allergies: Those allergic to norethisterone or any other components of Norcolut should not use this medication. 

Warnings and Precautions:

  • It should be used with caution in individuals with a history of depression, diabetes, or hypertension. 
  • Norcolut is usually taken on specific days of the menstrual cycle, depending on the treatment purpose, and can be taken with or without food. 

Drug and Food/Beverage Interactions

Norcolut may interact with anticoagulants, antidiabetic drugs, and medications for epilepsy. It should not be used by individuals with liver dysfunction, uncontrolled hypertension, or known or suspected breast cancer or estrogen/progesterone-sensitive tumors.

Side Effects

Possible side effects include nausea, headache, breast tenderness, and mood swings. More severe side effects may involve changes in liver function and clotting disorders. 


Pharmacist Tips

Storage information:

Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. 

Handling instructions:

Handle the tablets with clean, dry hands to maintain their integrity. 



Where is Norcolut available in Hong Kong?

Norcolut is a prescription medication that can be prescribed by healthcare providers.



How quickly can I expect results from taking Norcolut? 

Symptom relief can vary, but changes can generally be noticed after one to two cycles of use. 

Can Norcolut be taken continuously? 

It's typically used at specific times during the menstrual cycle but consult your doctor for advice specific to your condition.

What should I do if I miss a dose? 

Take it as soon as you remember unless it's nearly time for the next dose. Do not double up doses. 

Can Norcolut cause weight gain?

Weight changes are a possible side effect due to fluid retention and changes in appetite. 

Can Norcolut be used for emergency contraception? 

No, Norcolut is not indicated for emergency contraception after unprotected sexual intercourse. 

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