What is progesterone?
- Progesterone is a female hormone important for the regulation of ovulation and menstruation.
- Progesterone is used to cause menstrual periods in women who have not yet reached menopause but are not having periods due to a lack of progesterone in the body. It is also used to prevent overgrowth in the lining of the uterus in postmenopausal women who are receiving estrogen hormone replacement therapy.
- Progesterone should not be used to prevent heart disease or dementia, because this medicine may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions.
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain or burning when you urinate
- Sudden vision problems, severe headache or pain behind your eyes
- Symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes)
- Severe dizziness or drowsiness, spinning sensation, confusion, shortness of breath
- Heart attack symptoms – chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating
- Liver problems – nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Signs of a stroke – sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with speech or balance
- Signs of a blood clot in the lung – chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood; or
- Signs of a blood clot in your leg – pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.