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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, Lower abdominal pain, 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


Q. What are dydrogesterone tablets?
Dydrogesterone tablet contains the active drug dydrogesterone, a synthetic form of progesterone and is used for the treatment of progesterone deficiencies/ insufficiencies.
Q. Is dydrogesterone same as progesterone?
Dydrogesterone is an orally-active synthetic form of progesterone. Its action is similar to progesterone produced in the body.
Q. Is dydrogesterone a steroid?
Dydrogesterone has a steroidal chemical structure which is very similar to the naturally produced steroidal female hormone progesterone.
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Q. How does dydrogesterone work?
Dydrogesterone works by replacing female hormone progesterone in conditions where the body fails to produce sufficient amounts.
Q. Does dydrogesterone delay periods?
No, dydrogesterone does not delay periods. However, dydrogesterone is indicated for the treatment of irregular cycles.
Q. Is dydrogesterone safe during pregnancy?
Dydrogesterone is safe to use during pregnancy if taken for prescribed duration in prescribed doses as advised by your doctor. It is indicated for the management of habitual abortion till the twentieth week of pregnancy. It is however advised to consult your doctor before taking any medicine during pregnancy.<br>
Q. Is dydrogesterone safe?
Dydrogesterone is safe if taken for prescribed duration in prescribed doses for an indication as advised by your doctor.<br>
Q. What is dydrogesterone used for?
Dydrogesterone is used for the treatment of diseases like painful menstruation, decreased menstruation, irregular menstruation, threatened and habitual (recurring) abortion, inability to conceive and other gynecological problems due to progesterone deficiency or insufficiency. Please consult your doctor before using dydrogesterone for any indication.

Content on this page was last updated on 27 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)