Progesterone is a hormone that is found naturally in the human body. It is taken for hormone replacement in women during menopause, female infertility (difficulty getting pregnant), and menstrual (monthly period) problems.
Other names for progesterone include: micronized progesterone and natural progesterone.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
Talk with your caregiver about how much progesterone you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking progesterone. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.
Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
Do not take progesterone without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:
You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
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9. Product Information: Prometrium(R), progesterone. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Marietta, GA, 2004.