Endometrin

Generic Name: progesterone vaginal (proe JESS te role VAJ in ul)
Brand Names: Endometrin

What is Endometrin?

Endometrin is a vaginal insert containing progesterone 100mg. Progesterone is a female hormone important for ovulation and menstruation. Progesterone causes changes in the lining of your uterus, making it easier for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus at the beginning of pregnancy. Endometrin helps your body maintain the pregnancy.

Endometrin is used in fertility treatment as part of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for women unable to get pregnant due to a lack of natural progesterone in the body.

Endometrin may also be used for other purposes not listed.

Important information

Do not use Endometrin without your doctor's consent if you are pregnant, unless you are using the medication as part of your fertility treatment. Using Endometrin can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, or breast cancer. You should not use Endometrin if you have: a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems, severe liver disease, a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or if you have recently had a tubal pregnancy or an incomplete abortion.

When used as part of fertility treatment, Endometrin may be given for up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy. Following your dosing schedule is very important for this medication to be effective. Try not to miss any doses.

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Endometrin comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Endometrin can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Before using Endometrin

You should not use Endometrin if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it, or if you have:
  • a history of stroke, blood clot, or circulation problems;

  • breast or uterine cancer;

  • abnormal vaginal bleeding;

  • liver disease; or

  • if you have recently had a tubal pregnancy or an incomplete or "missed" abortion.

Before using Endometrin, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use progesterone:

  • high blood pressure, heart disease, congestive heart failure;

  • migraines,

  • asthma;

  • kidney disease;

  • seizures or epilepsy;

  • diabetes; or

  • a history of depression.

Do not use Endometrin without your doctor's consent if you are pregnant, unless you are using the medication as part of your fertility treatment. Endometrin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Endometrin?

Use Endometrin exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

When used as part of fertility treatment, Endometrin may be given for up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy. Following your dosing schedule is very important for this medication to be effective. Try not to miss any doses.

Endometrin comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Do not use other vaginal medications within 6 hours before or after using Endometrin. Use only vaginal products that your doctor has recommended. Store Endometrin at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Follow the instructions provided with your medication.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Call your doctor if you miss more than one dose of Endometrin.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of a Endometrin overdose are not known.

What should I avoid?

Progesterone can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Endometrin side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  • sudden headache, numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), shortness of breath, or problems with vision, speech, or balance;

  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder;

  • pain or swelling in one or both legs;

  • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;

  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;

  • a breast lump; or

  • symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps;

  • diarrhea, constipation, bloating;

  • dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling;

  • pain in your vaginal or rectal area;

  • pain during intercourse;

  • loss of interest in sex;

  • breast pain, swelling, or tenderness;

  • joint or muscle pain;

  • increased night-time urination; or

  • vaginal itching, burning, or discharge.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Endometrin?

There may be other drugs that can interact with Endometrin. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about progesterone.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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