By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel


What is Norcolut® (norethisterone) used for?

Norcolut® is commonly used for premenstruation syndrome, postponement of menstruation, mastodynia, cycle disturbance associated with shortening of secretory phase, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, glandular cystic endometrial hyperplasia, endometriosis, adenomyosis, prevention of lactation, ablactation, dysfunctional menopausal bleeding.

How should I take Norcolut® (norethisterone)?

This drug comes as a tablet. Drink it whole with full glass of water. Swallow it whole. Do not chew or crush. Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

The recommended dose will depend on the condition you are being treated for.

How do I store Norcolut® (norethisterone)?

Norcolut® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Norcolut® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Norcolut® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Norcolut® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Norcolut® (norethisterone)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Norcolut® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Norcolut® may not be suitable for all women. It can also interfere with some laboratory tests, so tell your doctor if you are having any blood tests or hospital investigations.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication. This medication is pregnancy risk category X, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Norcolut® (norethisterone)?

Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breast tension
  • GI complaints
  • Intermenstrual bleeding
  • Fluid retention
  • Paraesthesia
  • Body with changes
  • Fatigue

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Norcolut® (norethisterone)?

Norcolut® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Especially if you are taking hepatic enzyme inducers.

Does food or alcohol interact with Norcolut® (norethisterone)?

Norcolut® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Norcolut® (norethisterone)?

Norcolut® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Norcolut® (norethisterone).

What is the dose of Norcolut® (norethisterone) for an adult?

Premenstrual syndrome, mastodynia, irregular cycles 

The recommended dose is 1-2 tab daily from 16th-25th day of cycle, combined with estrogen if necessary.

Dysfunctional uterine bleeding & glandular cystic endometrial hyperplasia 

The recommended dose is 1-2 tab daily for 6-12 days. To prevent relapse, 1-2 tab daily from 16th-25th day of cycle, combined with estrogen if necessary.

Endometriosis, adenomyosis 

The recommended dose is 1 tab daily from 5th-25th day of cycle for 6 months or ½ tab daily, continuously from 5th day of cycle, raising dose by ½ tab every 2-3 week for 4-6 months.

Postponement of menstruation 

The recommended dose is 1 tab tds for max of 10-14 days, starting 3 days before expected onset of menstruation.

What is the dose of Norcolut® (norethisterone) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Norcolut® (norethisterone) available?

Norcolut® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 5mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Norcolut®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: June 20, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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