Progesterone: Uses, Dosage, Side effects, Composition & more - Zoylo
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Progesterone: Uses, Dosage, Side effects, Composition & more - Zoylo

INFORMATION ABOUT Progesterone

Progesterone uses

Progesterone is a synthetic progestogen (female sex hormone) that is similar to hormone progesterone produced by human body. It is used along with another medicine called oestrogen to reduce the symptoms of the menopause. It is also known as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

Common side-effects

• Headache
• Altered periods
• Dizziness
• Breast pain
• Diarrhoea
• Amenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period)

It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR Progesterone

• Take Progesterone on an empty stomach at bed time and as directed by your doctor.
• You are recommended to go for breast screening regularly while taking Progesterone.
• Women are recommended to use contraception while taking Progesterone.
• You are advised to go for regular check-ups at least once in a year while taking Progesterone to discuss the risks and benefits of continuing the hormone replacement therapy.
• Before driving or performing any strenuous activity after taking Progesterone make sure you are alert and normal enough to take up the above activities as this medicine may induce sleepiness or dizziness.
• Also, do not hesitate to inform your doctor if you have thoughts of self-harm or infliction to yourself, there could be a remote possibility to have these thoughts when you start taking antidepressants initially.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How does Progesterone work? A. Progesterone oppose oestrogen's effect on the womb lining as oestrogen-based HRT can stimulate the growth and build-up of the womb lining leading to endometrial hyperplasia.
Q. How to take Progesterone? A. You are recommended to take Progesterone on an empty stomach with a glass of water due to increased Progesterone absorption with food. Progesterone should be taken at bed time as Progesterone is a natural sedative and it may induce sleepiness. But if your doctor has asked you to take twice a day then please follow doctor's instructions. You will be advised to take oestrogen at the same time as Progesterone to compliment the HRT treatment.
Q. Can I take Progesterone with antibiotics? A. No, you are not recommended to take Progesterone with antibiotics. Antibiotics might decrease the effectiveness of Progesterone. So, please check with your doctor before taking antibiotics with Progesterone. 
Q. Is Progesterone a contraceptive? A. No, Progesterone is not a contraceptive, it is used to delay menstrual periods and treat various period problems.
Q. Does Progesterone cause withdrawal bleeding? A. Yes, it is common to experience withdrawal bleeding at the end of each month in the first few months. If you experience unexpected bleeding or spotting for more than 6 months or after 6 months of taking Progesterone or after stopping the treatment with Progesterone, then consult your doctor immediately.

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