What are the side effects of progesterone (Progest, Prometrium)?
Progesterone (brand names Progest, Prometrium) is a drug that
used to treat infertility. Infertility is described as the
to conceive a baby within one year of trying.
Progesterone is a hormone that causes menstrual periods in women
have not yet reached menopause but are not having periods due to
lack of natural progesterone in the body. It can also be used to
maintain a pregnancy in women unable to produce enough
within their bodies to keep their pregnancy going.
Other uses of progesterone include prevention of endometrial
hyperplasia (thickening of the uterus lining), treatment of
endometriosis and associated pain, help in treatment of certain
cancers, treatment of severe weight loss in people with AIDS,
prevention of pregnancy in very low doses.
The dose of progesterone varies widely from person to person and
determined by the reason for treatment. Talk to your doctor
best dose for you. Be sure to take it exactly as your doctor
Side effects of progesterone can include sudden headache or
confusion, vision problems, migraine headache, nausea, stomach
breast lumps, vaginal bleeding, mood swings, bowel changes,
tiredness, runny nose, cough, and depression. Tell your doctor
these side effects become bothersome or do not get better with
In rare cases, a person may experience chest pain, shortness of
breath, faintness, shaking, seizures, leg swelling or pain, and
sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body. Be sure to
notify your doctor right away if you experience any of these
If you are having difficulty becoming pregnant, be sure to talk
your doctor about what the best treatment is for you.
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