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Progesterone (Prometrium) - Overview

Progesterone, marketed in capsule form under the brand Prometrium, is used in the management of certain types of amenorrhea and in the prevention of endometrial hyperplasia is some women. People who need a progesterone prescription can connect with a medical provider through Push Health who can prescribe progesterone cream or capsules when appropriate to do so.

What Is Progesterone Used For?

Progesterone is a type of steroid hormone and is used in the management of specific types of hormonal disorders and in the management of fertility issues. As Prometrium, progesterone is primarily indicated for use in secondary amenorrhea and in preventing endometrial hyperplasia in women receiving conjugated estrogen tablets who are nonhysterectomized and postmenopausal. The progesterone used in branded products like Prometrium is made from plant sources. In the body, progesterone is excreted via the bile and kidneys after primarily undergoing hepatic metabolism to pregnanediol and pregnanolone metabolites. Progesterone is also an ingredient in certain kinds of birth control medications. Progesterone is very similar in structure and effect to the medication medroxyprogesterone.

Progesterone - Cost and Dosage

Prometrium is a capsule version of progesterone that is available for oral use. Progesterone itself is found as an odorless crystalline powder that is white in color and dissolves poorly in water. Made from plant sources, progesterone is micronized prior to use in Prometrium. As Prometrium capsules, progesterone is often prescribed as Prometrium 200 mg once per day for 12 days per 28-day cycle. Prometrium (progesterone) is available as Prometrium 100 mg capsules and Prometrium 200 mg capsules. Prometrium is relatively affordable, costing approximately 80 cents per progesterone 100 mg capsule at many pharmacies. Progesterone coupons may be available online and insurance may cover some or all of the cost of a progesterone prescription. Prometrium capsules are peach or yellow in color and should be stored at 25° C.

Can I Buy Progesterone Online?

Progesterone is a medication that requires a prescription to be dispensed in the United States. As a result, one cannot simply buy progesterone online without first getting a prescription from a doctor. However, people in need of a progesterone prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe progesterone cream or Prometrium capsules when appropriate and safe to do so.

Progesterone - Side Effects

Progesterone can cause side effects in patients, including headaches, mood changes, nausea, breast tenderness, dizziness and abdominal pain. Care should be taken when progesterone is used with estrogen as the combination can lead to an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis. Progesterone should not be used by women with abnormal genital bleeding, a history of breast cancer, thromboembolism, liver disease or a known or suspected pregnancy. Progesterone and alcohol should not be used concomitantly. Questions and concerns about the side effects related to progesterone use should be directed to one's pharmacist and medical provider before use.

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Last updated October 15, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.