Hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection for pregnancy
What is this medicine?
HYDROXYPROGESTERONE (hye drox ee proe JES ter one) is a female hormone. This medicine is used in women who are pregnant and who have delivered a baby too early (preterm) in the past. It helps lower the risk of having a preterm baby again.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a muscle or under the skin. You will receive an injection once every week (every 7 days) as directed during your pregnancy. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for pregnant women as young as 16 years, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
increase in blood pressure
increased hunger or thirst
signs and symptoms of a blood clot such as breathing problems; changes in vision; chest pain; severe, sudden headache; pain, swelling, warmth in the leg; trouble speaking; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
unusually weak or tired
unusual vaginal bleeding
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
fluid retention and swelling
pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
Significant interactions are not expected.
What if I miss a dose?
It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
breast, cervical, uterine, or vaginal cancer
diabetes or prediabetes
high blood pressure
history of blood clots
lung or breathing disease, like asthma
an unusual or allergic reaction to hydroxyprogesterone, other hormones, castor oil, benzyl alcohol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your pregnancy will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
September 05, 2018