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Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR

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Overview

Introduction

Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR is used to restore menstrual cycles in women whose periods have stopped. It is a natural female hormone important for regulating ovulation (when you release eggs) and menstruation. It is used in the treatment of infertility to help you get pregnant.

Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR should be taken on empty stomach or most preferably at bed time. Do not use more or less than you have been advised and do not use it for longer than recommended. You may be asked to continue taking this medicine for a period after it is confirmed that you are pregnant.

The most common side effects include headache, feeling very tired, stomach cramps, pain or swelling in your abdomen and feeling sick. You may also feel bloated, less interested in sex and get pain or discharge in your vagina. Your doctor or nurse may be able to help you reduce or prevent side effects if they bother you or do not go away. Very occasionally people get a severe allergic reaction which needs urgent medical attention. Using this medicine may increase your risk of blood clots or breast cancer.

It may not suit everybody, and you should tell your doctor if you have, or have had, breast cancer, unusual bleeding in the vagina or liver disease. You may be monitored more carefully if you have liver, kidney or heart problems or have diabetes or asthma. Let your doctor know your medical history to be safe. Check with your doctor about all other medicines which may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. You will probably have several tests both before and during treatment to check your womb. This medicine can alter your thinking or reactions and you may feel very tired so be careful if you drive or need to be alert. In general, alcohol is not recommended while taking this medicine.

Side effects of Gestofert Tablet SR

Common
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Uterine bleeding

How to use Gestofert Tablet SR

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR is to be taken empty stomach.

How Gestofert Tablet SR works

Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR is a progesterone (female hormone). It works on the lining of the uterus and helps to establish and maintain pregnancy in infertile women. It helps in protecting the uterus from the negative effects of oestrogen when used for the treatment of postmenopausal symptoms.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR is safe to use during pregnancy. Most studies have shown low or no risk to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR is however not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

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Quick Tips

  • Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR is used in the treatment of female infertility and as a part of hormone replacement therapy.
  • It regulates menstrual cycles, treats heavy bleeding, and prevents thickening of the uterus.
  • It is also used to restore menstruation in women with secondary amenorrhea (the absence of menstrual cycles).
  • Take it on an empty stomach, preferably at bedtime.
  • It may cause sleepiness or drowsiness. Don't drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how Gestofert 300mg Tablet SR affects you.
  • It may cause bleeding  or spotting in between menstrual periods. Let your doctor know if this occurs frequently.

Patient Concerns

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I am a male to female transsexual and I need Bilateral Orchiectomy at a fair costI am already on hormone replacement therapy for 2 years anti androgen/spirnolactone (Aldactone) and estrodiol valerate progynova, I need to have bilateral orchiectomy at the cheapest option
Dr. Deepak Kumar Soni
Skin Specialist
Hi Kindly consult to your nearest doctor
I have been told by doctors I have cystitis also simple cyst in right ovary . What should I be doing its been two years I have this issue
Dr. Megha Tuli
Gynaecologist
Hi PATIENT hormone therapy helps with cysts. Ask your doctor for a hormone replacement.
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FAQs

Q. Can you take Gestofert every day?

Yes, Gestofert can be taken every day. It is usually prescribed to be taken once daily in the evening or at bedtime. The usual duration of prescription may vary from 10-12 days a month to 25 days a month. However, the number of days for which you will need to take this medicine in each cycle will be suggested by your doctor depending upon your health condition.

Q. Does Gestofert cause weight gain?

Yes, taking Gestofert may cause weight gain. The weight gain may be due to water retention and may not be a serious sign. However, contact your doctor in case your weight gain is worrying you. The risk of weight gain is generally less if Gestofert is taken with estrogen as a combined pill. But, do not start any hormonal therapy without consulting your doctor.

Q. How is progesterone beneficial for fertility and pregnancy?

Progesterone is a very crucial hormone in fertility. It is the hormone secreted by the ovaries that helps prepare the uterus for pregnancy and maintain it. Gestofert (form of progesterone) is given as a medicine in cases of infertility to support the uterus in preparing itself for the pregnancy and to prevent the abortions in some cases. It is also used to prevent premature labor.

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References
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