Aygestinand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Norethindrone Acetate
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- Marketed as Utovlan in United Kingdom
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- Manufactured by A UK MHRA approved Generic Manufacturer
- Product of United Kingdom • Shipped from United Kingdom
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Aygestin Drug Information
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Aygestin Drug Information
Aygestin is used to treat women with abnormal bleeding from the uterus. It is also used to treat women who have stopped having menstrual periods for several months (amenorrhea) but who are not pregnant or going through menopause. In addition, Aygestin is used to treat a condition (endometriosis) in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus is found outside the uterus in the abdomen/pelvic area, causing painful/irregular periods. Norethindrone is a type of female hormone (progestin). It is like the hormone progesterone that your body makes naturally. Aygestin works by stopping the normal growth of the uterus lining during the menstrual cycle and signaling hormone changes in the uterus to restore normal menstrual periods. Aygestin must not be used to test for pregnancy. Progestins are not effective in preventing miscarriages.
How to Use Aygestin
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using Aygestin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Take Aygestin by mouth as prescribed by your doctor. You may take it with food or after a meal to prevent stomach upset. Follow the dosing schedule carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions. The Dosage of Aygestin is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. For the treatment of stopped menstrual periods and abnormal bleeding from the uterus, Aygestin is usually taken once daily for 5-10 days during the second half of the planned menstrual cycle or as directed by your doctor. Withdrawal bleeding usually occurs within 3-7 days after you stop taking the medication. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Before taking norethindrone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Aygestin may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Aygestin should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine,history of blood clots, history of bleeding in the brain, liver disease, history of cancer of the breast or other female organs, vaginal bleeding of unknown cause, a loss of pregnancy with some tissue remaining in the uterus ("missed abortion"), recent stroke or heart attack (within 1 year). Before using Aygestin, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,family medical history (especially breast lumps/cancer or blood clots), obesity, heart disease (e.g., past heart attacks, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure), high blood pressure, lupus, seizures, migraine headaches, asthma, kidney problems, high blood levels of cholesterol/fats, depression, diabetes, strokes. Aygestin may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Notify your doctor beforehand if you will be having surgery or will be confined to a chair/bed for a long time (e.g., a long plane flight). You may need to stop the medication for a time or take special precautions because of the increased risk for blood clots. Ask your doctor for more details. Do not smoke. Smoking combined with Aygestin further increases your risk for strokes, blood clots, high blood pressure, and heart attacks. Aygestin may cause blotchy, dark areas on your face and skin (melasma). Sunlight may worsen this effect. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Aygestin must not be used during pregnancy because it may harm an unborn baby, especially during the first 4 months of pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor right away. Aygestin passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Aygestin, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first. Before using Aygestin, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use,drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove norethindrone from your body (such as rifampin, St. John's wort, azole antifungals including itraconazole, certain anti-seizure medicines including carbamazepine/phenobarbital/phenytoin). Aygestin can affect the results of certain lab tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Aygestin. This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using Aygestin, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
Aygestin Side Effects
What are Aygestin side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Aygestin may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Aygestin as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Aygestin
The side effects of Aygestin may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Aygestin. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Aygestin may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Aygestin, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Aygestin.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Aygestin, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Aygestin and the side effects associated with Aygestin are described in the following:
Common Aygestin Side Effects
- irregular menstrual periods
- abnormal vaginal bleeding
- abdominal distension
- weight loss
- appetite changes
- headache disorder
Less Frequent Aygestin Side Effects
- vaginal discharge
Rare or Very Rare Aygestin Side Effects
- retinal thrombosis
- optic neuritis
- thromboembolic disorder
- galactorrhea not associated with childbirth
- Erythema Multiforme
- erythema nodosum
- pruritus of skin
- back pain
- skin rash
- chest pain
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- obstructive hyperbilirubinemia
- pulmonary thromboembolism
- malignant neoplasm of the ovary
- ectopic pregnancy
- ovarian cyst
- hypersensitivity drug reaction
- Erosion of Cervix
- Cervical Discharge
- acne vulgaris
- weight gain
- body fluid retention
- limb pain
Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Aygestin when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
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