The generic name for the prescription medication Prometrium is called Progesterone. It’s a part of a group of medications known as progestins. It’s usually used alongside postmenopausal estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) in order to stop estrogen from becoming thick within the lining of the uterus (this is a condition called endometrial hyperplasia). This can dramatically decrease the risk of developing endometrial cancer. This medication is used with women with a uterus.
You might be able to find this medication available under different brand names and different forms. This is important to know because depending on where you are it might be hard for you to get it under a certain brand name or in a certain form.
A doctor might have prescribed Prometrium in the past for conditions not mentioned here. If you are prescribed this medication be sure to ask questions so you can understand why you are using it. Don’t stop using Prometrium without first speaking to a doctor.
In order to keep yourself safe while on it and other be sure to not let anyone else use it. Even if they have similar symptoms as you do this would be unsafe. Store the medication in a safe place, at room temperature where it can’t be easily reached by children or pets.
What are some of the common potential side effects a person might be at risk for if they decide to or have to use this medicational treatment?
Abdominal pain or cramping
Breast pain or tenderness
Brown spots on exposed skin, possibly long-lasting
Change of sexual desire
Loss or gain of body, facial, or scalp hair
Swelling of face, ankles, or feet
What is the best way to ensure you get the best benefit out of using Prometrium?
Different people are going to respond to medication differently. Sometimes you might get exactly the help you need, but sometimes it might take longer for something to work or it might not work as well as intended. In order to be sure you’re getting the most out of using Prometrium, then the first thing you need to know is what to expect.
A doctor should be able to tell you this. Ask them to give you some sort of timeline and specifics to look for. Not only does this help them to serve you better moving forward, but it helps you as well. Next, make sure you understand what you can and can’t do while on this medication. A doctor should have experience with this because there are probably other patients who experienced problems due to doing the wrong things while using it.
Lastly in order to make sure you get the most out of using this drug you’ll need to make sure you are consistent with its use. This means developing a routine that’s easy to remember. This helps to make sure you don’t miss a dose. If you use other medications it also becomes easier to keep track of when to take them so that you can have a nice time gap in between using different medications.
Your progress will need to be checked from time to time as well just to see how you are responding. Ask a doctor about when the right time is to check in with them as this will vary from person to person.