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Dydrogesterone

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Uses

Dydrogesterone is used in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), premenstural syndrome (symptoms before onset of mensturation), female infertility (inability to become pregnant), amenorrhea (absence of menses), mennorhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) and pain during menstruation

How it works

Dydrogesterone is a drug which is very similar to female hormone progesterone that is naturally produced by the ovaries. It works by replacing progesterone in conditions where the body fails to produce sufficient amounts.

Common side effects

Adrenal insufficiency, Rash, Vaginal discharge, Headache, Dizziness, Back pain, Increased appetite, Decreased libido, Pain in extremity, Abdominal distension, Cushing syndrome, Sleepiness, Vomiting, Nausea, Edema, Abdominal pain, Abdominal pain lower, Breast pain, Hair loss, Fatigue, Acne, Hot flushes, Thrombophlebitis, Diarrhoea, Irregular menstrual cycle, Cushingoid syndrome, Increased blood pressure, Depression, Mood changes, Nervousness, Constipation, Increased glucose level in blood, Breathing difficulty

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Expert advice

Do consult your doctor before taking dydrogesterone:
  • If you have abnormal bleeding, the cause of which is not known.
  • If you have depression.
  • If you have liver problems.
  • If you have porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder that affects skin and other organs).
Do not take dydrogesterone if you have a tumor of brain (meningioma) which is sensitive to progesterone levels in the bodyDo contact your doctor immediately if upon the use of dydrogesterone you experience unexpected vaginal bleeding or spotting that,
  • Continues for more than few months.
  • Starts after you have been on treatment for some time.
  • Persists on even after you have stopped treatment.
Do not take dydrogesterone in combination with estrogen (as a hormone replacement therapy) if you have breast cancer or cancer of the uterus lining (endometrium)Do consult your doctor before using dydrogesterone if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnantDo not take dydrogesterone, if you are breast feeding or plan to breast feed.

Frequently asked questions

Dydrogesterone

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Is dydrogesterone same as progesterone?
No. Dydrogesterone is an artificially synthesized drug which is very similar to the naturally produced female hormone progesterone. Its action in the body is closely related to progesterone

Q.

Is dydrogesterone safe?
Yes. Dydrogesterone is safe if used at the prescribed does for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.

Is dydrogesterone a steroid?
Yes. Dydrogesterone has steroidal chemical structure which is very similar to the naturally produced steroidal female hormone progesterone

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Dydrogesterone is used for?
Dydrogesterone is used to treat conditions associated with low levels of female hormone progesterone. It may also be used in combination with estrogen drugs as a hormone replacement therapy in females at menopause (the time in a woman's life when her menstrual periods stop)

Q.

Does dydrogesterone delay periods?
Yes. Delayed, irregular, painful and heavy menstrual periods are among the common side effects of dydrogesterone

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How does dydrogesterone work?
Dydrogesterone works by replacing female hormone progesterone in conditions where the body fails to produce sufficient amounts.


Content on this page was last updated on 10 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)