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Drug Information

What is Progesterone used for?

Progesterone tablet/capsule is used for the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding. It is also used to induce menstrual cycle and relieve symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).

Progesterone gel/spray is used to relieve breast pain and expansion of cervix.

Progesterone injection is used for the treatment of infertility in females.

Progesterone pessaries are used for the treatment of puerperal depression.

Progesterone may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Progesterone work?

Progesterone belongs to the class of drugs called steroid hormones. The drug acts by reducing the frequency of gonadotropin-releasing hormone from the hypothalamus by binding to the progesterone and oestrogen receptors.  It also decreases the follicular maturation and ovulation by suppressing the secretion of pituitary gonadotropin.

How to use Progesterone?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Use Progesterone as prescribed by your doctor.

  • Swallow the whole tablet/capsule. Do not crush or chew the tablet/capsule. Take the drug with food. Taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.
  • Apply a thin layer of Progesterone gel over the affected area and ensure the area is clean and dry before application.
  • Progesterone injection should be administered only under the medical supervision.

You must seek immediate medical care if you experience any of the above symptoms.

What are the drugs that interact with Progesterone?

Drugs that interact with Progesterone include the following:

  • Abciximab
  • Acarbose
  • Acebutolol
  • Acetaminophen
  • Amantadine
  • Betamethasone
  • Bifonazole
  • Caffeine

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Progesterone?

The following are the most common side effects of Progesterone:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Bloating
  • Sore on the skin
  • Diarrhoea

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Joint pain

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while using Progesterone?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Progesterone or similar drugs.
  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Progesterone.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Discontinuing the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than prescribed.
  • Be cautious while using Progesterone if you have any kidney or liver impairment.

You are advised not to use Progesterone if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering, or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before using Progesterone?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart, liver, kidney or respiratory diseases.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently asked questions about Progesterone

  1. What are the contraindications of Progesterone?
  2. Progesterone is contraindicated in patients with myocardial infarction, venous thromboembolism, pulmonary embolism and retinal thrombosis.

  3. Is Progesterone used in hormone replacement therapy?
  4. Yes. Progesterone is used in hormone replacement therapy to decrease the symptoms of menopause.

  5. Does lack of Progesterone cause polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
  6. Yes, lack of Progesterone causes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), due to the failure of the ovary to release the egg.

  7. Should I follow any special dietary instructions while taking Progesterone?
  8. It is advised to avoid caffeinated foods, such as coffee and tea and increase a diet rich in magnesium, folate and vitamin supplements while taking Progesterone.

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