The information below should not be taken as a substitute for qualified medical advice. Consult your health care provider before taking Prometrium.
Prometrium is a form of the female hormone progesterone. It's used in premenopausal women whose menstruation has unexpectedly stopped due to low natural hormone levels. Postmenopausal women on hormone-replacement therapy involving estrogen may use Prometrium to reduce the risk of uterine cancer, and also to prevent abnormal buildup in the uterine lining.
Pregnant women should not take Prometrium as it can harm a fetus. Women taking this medication should always use effective contraception, although there may be a conflict in using birth control that contains estrogen. Inform your doctor if you become pregnant while using this medication. Nursing mothers should discuss whether taking Prometrium is safe.
Prometrium contains peanut oil, and women with peanut allergies should not take it. Along with other estrogen-containing medications, inform your doctor if you take antifungal medications such as ketoconazole.
Taking Prometrium could increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke and breast cancer. These risks increase in women who smoke. Inform your doctor if you have a history with any of these conditions, and also if you have or have had heart disease or circulatory problems, kidney disease, migraines, seizures, asthma, diabetes or a history of depression.
Prometrium may be needed only during certain days of the menstrual cycle. Be sure to follow dosing instructions carefully and avoid missing doses.
You may experience dizziness or drowsiness while taking this medication. If these symptoms are extreme, you might be able to take Prometrium at bedtime.
Other side effects may include cramping, breakthrough bleeding, constipation or diarrhea, breast tenderness, irritability or mood changes, fatigue, swelling of the hands and feet, urinary problems, headache or dark patches on the skin. Inform your doctor if these symptoms persist or become severe.
||Capsules taken orally
||100 mg and 200 mg Capsules
||Store at room temperature below 77 F. Protect from light and humidity
||Patients allergic to peanuts. Patients with hepatic cell tumors or severe liver disease. Patients with abnormal vaginal bleeding; known or possible breast malignancy; history of blood clots or stroke; and pregnant women.
What is Progesterone?
Progesterone is the generic form of Prometrium and can be purchased as a cheaper alternative to save money on your medication. The same ingredients are used in the manufacturing of the brand name version of this drug as in Progesterone.