Prometrium is a synthetic form of progesterone, which is a hormone the body naturally produces. Prometrium is prescribed to women who experience certain medical issues related to menopause and uterine problems.
How It Works
Prometrium contains a medication that is chemically similar to progesterone produced by the body. Prometrium is made by synthesizing a plant material chemical identical to the hormone produced in the human ovaries.
Progesterone is a biologically produced steroid (organic compound) and a sex hormone that affects the menstrual cycle and pregnancy in women. Progesterone also plays an important role in the production of other hormones in the body. Progesterone is also important for functioning of the brain.
The World Health Organization lists progesterone medications like Prometrium as an essential medicine in a basic health system.
Prometrium is prescribed for women whose bodies are not naturally producing enough progesterone. Prometrium is also given to women who experience abnormal menstrual cycles, or periods that have stopped for several months, not caused by pregnancy or menopause.
In women who have undergone menopause, Prometrium may be used as a part of a combination hormone replacement therapy to reduce symptoms of menopause like hot flashes. Synthetic progesterone like Prometrium is used along with estrogen to reduce the risk of cancer in the womb in women at risk.
Prometrium dosage will be prescribed by a doctor in a suitable amount to treat the condition in its severity. The patient information leaflet provided with the packaging also details maximum and minimum dosage recommendations.
Take Prometrium exactly as prescribed by a doctor. Read the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication to learn how to consume the drug properly.
Prometrium should be taken by the mouth. The dosage is usually prescribed to be taken once per day right before going to bed. Take some water if the pills are hard to swallow.
Carefully follow the dosage schedule. Mark your calendar if you think you might miss a dose.
Prometrium may cause the following side effects in some users:
Acne or increased pubic hair growth
Breast pain or tenderness
This above side effects, if experienced, should fade in three to five days. If the side effects worsen or continue to persist, immediately seek medical attention.
Do not take Prometrium if allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication. Prometrium tablets may contain allergy-inducing ingredients such as peanut oil.
Prometrium should not be taken by women with certain medical disorders such as liver disease, breast cancer, cancer in any female organ, history of bleeding in the brain, history of blood clots, vaginal bleeding with an undetermined caused, history of stroke or heart attack. Women with “missed abortions,” where pregnancy was lost with some tissue left in the womb, are also advised against using Prometrium.
This medication should not be used as a pregnancy test.
Prometrium is not suitable for girl children.
Do not smoke or drink alcohol when taking Prometrium.
Do not engage in activities that require alertness, such as driving, if taking Prometrium causes side effects such as dizziness.