This medication contains a female hormone called progesterone. Progesterone is needed to prepare the lining of the uterus so it can receive a fertilized egg. Progesterone and other hormones help you become and stay pregnant. This medication is used to increase the level of progesterone in women taking fertility treatments because these treatments tend to decrease progesterone levels.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this drug and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is for vaginal use only. Unwrap the suppository. Following the instructions, use the applicator to insert this medication into the vagina, usually 2 or 3 times a day as directed by your doctor. If you become pregnant, continue to use this medication for up to a total of 10 weeks or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
To get the most benefit from this medication, use it regularly at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.
Bloating, stomach/abdominal pain, nausea, breast tenderness, headache, drowsiness, mood swings, irritability, or vaginal discomfort may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: unusual vaginal bleeding, severe mental/mood changes (e.g., depression), swelling ankles/feet, yellowing eyes/skin, breast lumps.
This medication may rarely cause very serious problems from blood clots (e.g., heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the lungs/legs, blindness). Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms: chest/jaw/left arm pain, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, difficulty walking, sudden vision/eye changes (e.g., blurred/double vision, loss of vision, bulging eyes), confusion, sudden severe headache, severe dizziness, fainting, trouble breathing, coughing up blood, pain/redness/swelling/weakness of the arms/legs, calf pain/swelling that is warm to the touch.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
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Before using progesterone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: history of blood clots, recent stroke or heart attack (within 1 year), liver disease, cancer of the breast or other female organs, vaginal bleeding of unknown cause, a loss of pregnancy with some tissue remaining in the uterus ("missed abortion"), an abnormal pregnancy where the fertilized egg is outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy).
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, heart disease (e.g., past heart attacks, congestive heart failure), high blood pressure, seizures, migraine headaches, asthma, depression, diabetes, strokes, high level of fats in the blood (high cholesterol/triglycerides).
This drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages because they may worsen this side effect. In general, alcohol is not recommended if you are pregnant or think you are pregnant because it can harm the unborn baby.
Although unlikely, blood clots may occur with this medication. Your risk is increased if you have surgery or if you stay in a chair or bed for a long time (e.g., a long plane flight). Tell your doctor beforehand of any of these events because you may need special precautions.
This medication may be used during pregnancy, but only as directed by your doctor. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove progesterone from your body (such as rifampin, St. John's wort, azole antifungals including itraconazole, certain anti-seizure medicines including carbamazepine/phenobarbital/phenytoin).
Do not use other vaginal products during treatment with this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Doing so may affect how well the drug is absorbed by your body.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Do not share this medication with others.
Keep all medical and laboratory appointments.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. However, do not use more doses in a day than prescribed. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised November 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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