We compound progesterone in oral capsules, topical creams, oral troches/lozenges, sublingual suspensions and vaginal suppositories.
This medication requires a prescription.
To process your order we will require a prescription from you or your Prescriber. We will only compound and dispense upon receipt of a valid patient specific prescription. Please note that our compounds are exclusively provided for individual patient and are not for office use.
- Your prescriber can mail or fax in the prescription
- You can mail in the original prescription
- We can contact your prescriber for you
- You can transfer your prescription from another pharmacy
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This is a compounded medication specifically made for you based on a prescription from your licensed physician.
Progesterone is a “sex hormone” and is most commonly associated with pregnancy. Progesterone is present in both males and females, but in much higher amounts in women.
When ovulation occurs, the egg is released from the ovary. The structure left behind by the egg is called the corpus luteum. When a fertilized egg implants into the uterus (pregnancy), the corpus luteum stays, producing progesterone. Consistent progesterone levels are necessary for maintaining pregnancy.
In non-pregnant women and girls, progesterone also plays a role in healthy menstrual periods. In aging women, progesterone levels may wane and contribute to menopausal symptoms.
How is progesterone used?
Progesterone is used in many medical applications and are called progestins. Progestins are typically used in topical creams and birth control pills.
What does progesterone treat?
Progesterone can be used to for the treatment and prevention of:
- Menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes
- Severe PMS symptoms
- Cervical expansion (“ripening” the cervix for childbirth)
- Breast pain
- Uterine fibroids
- Vaginal irritation
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is primarily used in menopausal women to help relieve symptoms. Progesterone is often included in a topical cream or gel. Hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings may be improved when progesterone is included in hormone replacement therapy.
Side Effects and other Important Information
Side effects of progesterone therapy may include:
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain
- Altered menstrual cycles
- PMS-like symptoms
If you notice any side effects when using progesterone supplementation, contact your physician immediately.
DO NOT USE progesterone products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless specifically directed by your physician.
Discuss progesterone use with your physician if you have one of the following diseases, as progestins could be harmful:
- Breast Cancer
- Liver disease
- Vaginal disease
- Arterial disease
Be sure to follow your pharmacist’s skin care directions before and after applying progesterone gel.
Purchasing progesterone – A Trusted Source
You can trust CareFirst Specialty Pharmacy to provide quality progesterone preparations in specific doses for your individual needs.
Use the medication as prescribed by your doctor.
The information provided is not intended to cover all possible uses. This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. If you have questions about the use of your prescription, please contact your prescriber.
- Stanczyk, F, et al. Progestogens Used in Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy: Difference in their Pharmacological Properties, Intracellular Actions, and Clinical Effects. Endocr Rev. 2013 Apr; 34(2):171-208. Published online 2012 Dec 13.
- Progesterone overview. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-760-progesterone.aspx?activeingredientid=760&
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Inserting Vaginal Capsules/Suppositories
* Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
* Remove any foil or plastic wrapping from capsule or suppository, if any.
* Place capsule or suppository in the applicator, if an applicator is being used.
* If applicator is being used. Hold the applicator by the opposite end from where the capsule/suppository is.
* Either lay on your back with your knees bent, or stand with your feet spread a few inches apart and your knees bent.
* Gently insert the applicator into the vagina as far as it will go comfortably.
* Once you are ready, push plunger of the applicator in and place the capsule/suppository as far back in the vagina as it will comfortably go.
* Remove the applicator from the vagina. If you are not using an applicator, insert the suppository or capsule with your finger and push into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go.
* Wash your hands again with soap and warm water. To avoid contamination: after each use, wash the applicator thoroughly with soap and water.
For Topical Applications
* DO NOT CHEW or SWALLOW troche.
* Rotate the area in the mouth where you place the medication for each dose. This will reduce the risk of mouth irritation.
* It usually takes about 30 min for the troche to dissolve. Do not drink, eat or brush until your dose is dissolved. This will help to keep the medication out of the digestive tract.
* To maintain a consistent blood level, you should take the medication at the same time every day.
* How to place the troche in your mouth. When you are ready to put a troche in your mouth. Place the troche up against your gum and cheeks. Gently push the troche as deep as it will go between your cheeks and gums. Take your finger out of your mouth and push on the troche from the outside of your cheeks for at least 30 seconds. The troche should stick to your gum. It is okay if it sticks to your cheek instead of your gum. Wash hands after administration. Use the medication as prescribed by your doctor. The information provided is not intended to cover all possible uses. This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. If you have questions about the use of your prescription, please contact your prescriber.
Troches and suppositories require refrigeration (ice packs) and will incur an extra charge of $19.95 per order.