What is progesterone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Progesterone is a man-made medication derived from a plant source and is identical to the female hormone, progesterone produced in the ovaries. It promotes the development of the mammary glands, causes changes in the endometrium, which lines the uterus, relaxes uterine smooth muscles, blocks ovulation within the ovaries, and maintains pregnancy. Progesterone was approved in May, 1998.
What brand names are available for progesterone?
Is progesterone available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for progesterone?
What are the side effects of progesterone?
Is progesterone safe to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Progesterone should not be used during pregnancy.
Progesterone may be found in trace amounts in breast milk in women taking progesterone capsules.
What else should I know about progesterone?
What preparations of progesterone are available?
Capsules: 100 and 200 mg
How should I keep progesterone-oral stored?
Progesterone capsules should be stored between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F) and should be protected from excessive moisture.
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