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Progesterone vaginal tablets

Updated 2 Feb 2023 | Progestogens


Vaginal tablets containing progesterone

Drugs List

  • LUTIGEST 100mg vaginal tablets
  • progesterone 100mg vaginal tablets
  • Therapeutic Indications


    Luteal support after oocyte retrieval during assisted reproduction



    The recommended dosage is 100 mg three times daily.
    The administration of progesterone should be continued for 30 days, if pregnancy has been confirmed.


    Progesterone is to be placed directly into the vagina by the applicator provided.


    Children under 18 years
    Patients over 65 years
    Breast cancer
    Ectopic pregnancy
    Female genital cancer
    History during pregnancy of pemphigoid gestationis
    History of cholestatic jaundice during pregnancy
    History of hepatic neoplasm
    History of pruritus during pregnancy
    History of venous thromboembolism
    Missed abortion
    Second trimester of pregnancy
    Severe arterial disorder
    Severe hepatic impairment
    Third trimester of pregnancy
    Thromboembolic disorder
    Undiagnosed gynaecological haemorrhage

    Precautions and Warnings

    Disorders aggravated by fluid retention
    Females over 35 years
    Predisposition to thromboembolic disease
    Tobacco smoking
    Cardiac disorder
    Diabetes mellitus
    Epileptic disorder
    Hepatic impairment
    History of depression
    Renal impairment

    May decrease glucose tolerance in patients with diabetes mellitus
    Advise ability to drive/operate machinery may be affected by side effects
    Monitor blood glucose closely in patients with diabetes mellitus
    Monitor closely patient with depression
    Monitor for signs of fluid retention
    Monitor hepatic function
    Advise patient to report sudden severe headache and visual disturbances
    Avoid abrupt withdrawal
    Discontinue at first signs of thrombophlebitis or thromboembolism
    Discontinue if arterial thromboembolism develops
    Discontinue if cerebrovascular disorders occur
    Discontinue if depression worsens or recurs
    Discontinue if myocardial infarction occurs
    Discontinue if retinal thrombosis occurs
    Discontinue if transient ischaemic events occur
    Advise patient not to take St John's wort concurrently

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Progesterone is indicated for luteal support as part of an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatment program in infertile women.
    There is limited and inconclusive data on the risk of congenital anomalies, including genital abnormalities in male or female infants, following intrauterine exposure during pregnancy. The rates of congenital anomalies, spontaneous abortion and ectopic pregnancies observed during the clinical trial were comparable with the event rate described in the general population, although the total exposure is too low to allow conclusions to be drawn.

    The use of all medication in pregnancy should be avoided whenever possible; particularly in the first trimester. Non-drug treatments should also be considered. When essential, a medication with the best safety record over time should be chosen, employing the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Polypharmacy should be avoided. Teratogens taken in the pre-embryonic period, often quoted as lasting until 14 to 17 days post-conception, are believed to have an all-or-nothing effect. Where drugs have a short half-life, and when the date of conception is certain, this may allow women to be reassured where drug exposure has occurred within this time frame. Further advice may be available from the UK National Teratology Information Service (NTIS) and through ToxBase, available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).


    Not indicated for use in breastfeeding women.

    Progesterone is a natural hormone and is poorly bioavailable to the infant via milk. Therefore, progestogen is not expected to have adverse effects in a breastfed infant. However, no evidence is available to this effect and the preparation should be used with caution during breastfeeding.

    Neonates, infants born prematurely, those with low birth weight, those with an unstable gastrointestinal function or who have serious illnesses may require special consideration. For any infant, if a drug is prescribed to the nursing mother, it should be at the lowest practical dose and for the shortest time. When drug administration is unavoidable and breastfeeding is to continue, minimisation of exposure of the infant to the drug may sometimes be achieved by timing the maternal doses to just after a feeding episode. Infants exposed to drugs via breast milk should be monitored for unusual signs or symptoms. Interactions between the drug received by the infant from the mother's milk and medication prescribed for the infant should also be considered, for example, when the drug given to the infant may prevent metabolism of the drug received via breast milk.
    Specialist advice is available from the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service at

    Side Effects

    Abdominal distension
    Abdominal pain
    Breast pain
    Breast swelling
    Breast tenderness
    Genital mycosis
    Genital pruritus
    Hypersensitivity reactions
    Peripheral oedema
    Uterine spasm
    Vaginal discharge
    Vaginal discomfort
    Vaginal dryness
    Vaginal haemorrhage
    Vulvovaginal burning
    Vulvovaginal disorders


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: January 2015

    Reference Sources

    Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment, 2nd edition (2007) ed. Schaefer, C., Peters, P. and Miller, R. Elsevier, London.

    Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 9th edition (2011) ed. Briggs, G., Freeman, R. and Yaffe, S. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.

    Joint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary(online) London: BMJ Group and Pharmaceutical Press Accessed on 23 January 2015.

    Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference (online) London: Brayfield A (ed). Pharmaceutical Press Accessed on 23 January 2015.

    Medications and Mothers' Milk, 14th Edition (2010) Hale, T. Hale Publishing, Amarillo, Texas.

    US National Library of Medicine. Toxicology Data Network. Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed).
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    Progesterone Last revised: 6 December 2013
    Last accessed: 23 January 2015

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