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Progesterone is a hormone that is already produced by women’s bodies naturally, but some women may need to start taking medication because of a deficiency. Women who experience irregular menstrual cycles may be prescribed progesterone medication to induce more frequent periods. It is also sometimes used with estrogen as a hormone replacement therapy. It can also be used to help treat infertility and increase pregnancy rates. Progesterone therapy is only recommended for women who have not started menopause. Our pharmacy is able to fill these prescriptions and answer any questions you may have about this medication.

Before Using Progesterone

Since progesterone therapy can harm an unborn baby, you should let your doctor know if you are pregnant before starting the medication. It is also advisable not to take progesterone if you have heart disease or are at risk for a stroke, heart attack or blood clots as the medication can increase your chances of developing these conditions. Certain types of progesterone medications may contain peanut oil, so you should tell your doctor if you are allergic to peanuts. If you have a history of breast cancer or are experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding, taking progesterone can lead to further complications.

Taking the Medication

You should follow the directions on the medication label from our pharmacy along with your doctor’s recommendations while taking progesterone. Since the medication can cause dizziness, it is generally best to take progesterone with a full glass of water at night. If you were prescribed a cream, follow you doctor’s instructions when applying it to the skin. It is important to have regular breast exams by a doctor and perform self-exams at home to check for lumps while on progesterone. The medication should be stored at room temperature in an area that is not directly exposed to light, heat and moisture. Skip any missed doses and do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose. You should seek immediate medical attention if you overdose.

Possible Side Effects

One of the most common side effects is the impairment of thinking and reactions. You may also experience unusual vaginal bleeding and a painful or burning sensation while urinating. Dizziness, drowsiness and shortness of breath have also been reported among some users. You may even experience hot flashes, digestion problems and swelling of the hands and feet while taking the medication. Headaches and joint pain are other common side effects. More serious side effects that may require medical attention include chest pain, fever and breast or underarm lumps.

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