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Generic Name: Progesterone
Drug Type:
This drug is a hormone therapy and works to stop
cancer cells from growing
What this drug is used for:
Breast, endometrial, and prostate cancer or _______
How this drug is given:
Common side effects (occur in less than 3 out
of 10 people):
• High blood pressure
• Headache
• Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep (insomnia)
• Mood changes, feeling sad
• Loose, watery stools (diarrhea)
This drug is given in a pill. The amount of medicine
that you receive depends on many things. Your
doctor will find the best dose for you.
• Feel sick to your stomach (nausea)
Make sure your health care team knows about all the
medicines and supplements you take. This will help
prevent drug interactions.
• Low white cells in blood (infection or fever)
Side effects
Most people do not have all the side effects listed.
Side effects will usually go away after the treatment is
complete. Some of the rare side effects are not listed
here, so tell your doctor if you have any unusual
For informational purposes only. Not to replace the advice of your health care provider.
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• Throwing up (vomiting)
• Feeling tired and weak
• Hair loss
• Breast pain or larger breasts
Rare but serious side effects
• Blood clots
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Call your doctor right away if you have:
For more information, see:
• Signs of a drug allergy: Breathing problems;
feel like your throat is closing up; swelling of
the mouth, face, lips or tongue; or hives or skin
redness or itching.
• Fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, or chills
Call your doctor within 24 hours if you:
• Feel so sick to your stomach that you can’t eat or
drink and medicine doesn’t help
• Have loose, watery stools more than 4 times in
24 hours
• Feel so tired that you can’t care for yourself
• Vomit more than 4 to 5 times in 24 hours
• Have black or tarry stools or blood in your stool
or urine
• Have unusual bruising or bleeding
• Have shortness of breath
Other information _________________________
If you have any side effects, call us. We can help you
manage these problems.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please let us know. We provide many free services including
sign language interpreters, oral interpreters, TTYs, telephone amplifiers, note takers and written materials.