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General Information on Progesterone

Generic Name : Progesterone

Pronunciation : pro-ges-te-trone

Latest prescription information about Progesterone. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : (Y42.5-Y42.6) | Therapeutic Classification : Progestins

Why is Progesterone Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a hormone, prescribed for replacement therapy in women who have passed menopause. It is also used to prevent uterine cancer.  

When should Progesterone not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with liver disease, ectopic pregnancy, breast cancer, blood clot events, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Progesterone?

Adult- PO/ IV/IM/Intrauterine/Supp- The recommended dose range is 25 to 400 mg/day.

How should Progesterone be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.
It also comes as a vaginal suppository to insert through vagina.
It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Progesterone?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of blood vessel problems, bleeding problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sugar, kidney disease, asthma, headache, seizures, depression, mental illness, cancer, smoking, blood clots, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

It may affect blood sugar level, monitor sugar level regularly while taking this medication.

It should not be used in children.

What are the side effects of Progesterone?

   Gastrointestinal : Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal distension and constipation.
   General : Fatigue.
   Central Nervous System : Headache.
   Genitourinary : Ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome, uterine spasm, vaginal bleeding and urinary tract infections.

What are the other precautions for Progesterone?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Progesterone?

Store it at room temperature (25-30C).

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msd1983, India

Nurse prescribes 4 progestrone injections, one every week for total 4 weeks, though she says apparently there is no problem to my wife, who is 2 month pregnant now. I ask if she is OK why you prescribes these injections, then she replies that said injection is helpful in proper growth of placenta and hence kid too. It also saves the mother and children through its positives during pregnancy. Now when i read many articles and also at Rxlist it says it should be avoided during pregnancy as it may adversely affect. Actual i lost first child due to mishandling and untimely handling of her by the doctors. She went through scisserian and still child could not be saved and so my worry is for obvious reasons. I am 50:50, whether i should allow her these injections??? plz reply

_Drmachintha07, N/A

thats great and all are new updates!!! keep going with something new. good luck to you all -Machintha paranayapa

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