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Progestin Adult

Progestogens - What is it for

Dydrogesterone, medroxyprogesterone and norethisterone are types of progestogens.

Progestogens can be used for the following purposes:

  • Preparing the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg, where the egg sticks to the wall of uterus
  • Maintenance of pregnancy once implantation occurs
  • Enhance implantation of a fertilized egg (routinely used for during IVF) and to decrease the risk of spontaneous abortion (miscarriage)
  • Management of various abnormal uterine bleeding including absence of menstrual flow and heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Management of menopause in combination with estrogen replacement therapy

It is important to use the correct progestogen as directed by your healthcare professional.

Progestogens - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Progestogens cause?

  • Stomach discomfort, nausea and vomiting.
    • Take it after food to reduce these side effects.
  • Breast tenderness.
  • Headache.
    • You may take Paracetamol to manage headaches.
  • Dizziness, drowsiness.
    • Avoid activities that require mental alertness and avoid using heavy machineries.
  • Weight changes, mood swings.
    • Take medication at the same time every day to avoid huge changes in the hormone levels in your body, which can lead to mood changes.
  • Skin pigmentation.
    • Apply sunblock when outdoors and avoid long hours of sun exposure.

Consult your doctor about any symptoms that becomes bothersome.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Progestogens , what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • You have a history of or current medical conditions such as liver problems, stroke, heart disease, blood clots, migraine headaches, epilepsy (fits), diabetes mellitus or cancer

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Progestogens ?

​Some medications may affect how progestogens works or be affected by progestogens. Please inform other healthcare professionals about the medication you are taking if you are seeing them for other medical conditions.

Progestogens - Dosage and How to Use

How should Progestogens be used?

  • Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
  • This medicine should be taken at the same time every day after food to reduce stomach discomfort.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Progestogens - Handling

How should I handle Progestogens safely?

Progestogens - Storage

How should I store Progestogens ?

;#Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Progestogens safely?

​Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Progestogens - Additional Information

  • Updated on 11/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth


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