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Prometrium (Progesterone) is used as a part of hormone replacement therapy in women who have passed menopause (the change of life) and have not had a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus). Hormone replacement therapy usually includes estrogen, which is used to treat symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk of developing certain diseases. However, estrogen can also cause abnormal thickening of the lining of the uterus and increase the risk of developing uterine cancer. Progesterone helps to prevent this thickening and decreases the risk of developing uterine cancer. Progesterone is also used to bring on menstruation (period) in women of childbearing age who have had normal periods and then stopped menstruating. Progesterone is in a class of medications called progestins (female hormones). It works as part of hormone replacement therapy by decreasing the amount of estrogen in the uterus. It works to bring on menstruation by replacing the natural progesterone that some women are missing. Progesterone (Generic) and Progesterone Micronised (Generic) are available in addition to the brand Prometrium.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Why is Prometrium prescribed?
Prometrium 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.
What if I miss a dose of Prometrium?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
How should I store this medication?
Keep Prometrium in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture
What do I do if I think I or someone has overdosed on Prometrium?
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center or doctor. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services.