What is Crinone gel used for?
Crinone (progesterone) gel belongs to a drug class called progestins. It is a vaginal gel that is used for several purposes. Crinone gel ingredients contain natural progesterone hormone.
Progesterone is a female hormone produced by the ovaries during the second half of the menstrual cycle. It is an important hormone that prepares the uterus for pregnancy. Also, it causes changes in the lining of your uterus, making it easier for the fertilized ovum to attach to the uterus, thereby maintaining the ongoing pregnancy.
Deficiency in the usual progesterone production by the ovaries in the second half of the menstrual cycle is called luteal phase defect (LFD). Women with this defect may have difficulty conceiving and are at higher risk of miscarriage.
The following are the several uses of Crinone gel
- This medication stimulates menstrual periods in women who have not yet reached menopause but are experiencing amenorrhea due to the absence of progesterone in the body.
- This drug is also used in fertility treatment as part of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) because of low progesterone in women who cannot conceive.
- It is also used to inhibit uterus overgrowth in women after menopause who are receiving estrogen hormone replacement therapy (EHRT).
Crinone gel Dosage
The dosage and frequency of progesterone gel vary from one person to another. It will be determined based on your health condition and tolerance to therapy. This vaginal medication is available in 8% strength.
For fertility treatment program, the recommended daily dose is to insert 90 mg of the 8% gel in the vagina one to two times daily. Women with partial or complete ovarian failure apply it twice daily intravaginally. If pregnancy occurs, the treatment can be continued for another 10 to 12 weeks.
For amenorrhea, the suggested dose and frequency is to insert 45 mg of the 4% gel in the vagina for a total of six doses every other day. If you are not responding to it, this may be increased to 90 mg of the 8% gel every other day x 6 doses.
Directions on how to use Crinone gel
Read all progesterone gel directions and follow the instructions carefully. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or are uncertain about using this medication.
Step by step guide on how to use Crinone gel
- Before and after using this vaginal gel, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
- To begin, open the sealed sachet and remove the applicator.
- Insert and push the plunger into the open end of the applicator until it snugs fitly.
- Shake it down, then remove the cap from the top of the applicator by twisting it to the left. Make sure not to push the plunger while doing this, to prevent the drug from leaking. You may need to lie down on your back with your knees bent and gently insert the applicator’s rounded tip deep into your vagina.
- Push the plunger to release the medication into your vagina and discard it after.
Do not alter your Crinone gel dosage without consulting first with your doctor. The dosing and frequency of your vaginal medicine are based on your health condition and tolerance to the medication.
Crinone gel side effects
The following are the most usual side effects of this vaginal medication that goes away over time:
- Abdominal pain
- Vaginal yeast infection (itching or discharge)
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Decreased sexual drive
- Joint pain
- Breast enlargement
- Urinating in the middle of the night
- Mood swings
If you notice any of the symptoms listed below, contact your doctor and seek medical attention as soon as possible:
- Chest pain
- Chest pain that radiates up to your shoulder, arm, neck, or jaw
- Sudden difficulty talking
- Trouble walking
- Numbness on one side of your body or face
- Shortness of breath
- Acute severe headaches
Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of the potential health risks associated with this vaginal medication. There are still other complications that may occur.
Crinone gel warnings
Inform your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have had high blood pressure, migraines, asthma, a history of depression, seizures, or heart or kidney disease.
Doing so will help them evaluate if this drug is appropriate for you.
Do not use this drug if you have a history of stroke, cancer (vagina and breast), porphyria, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or liver or circulatory problems to avoid aggravating your condition.
Do not use this drug if allergic to progesterone or other ingredients. Allergic reaction symptoms are as follows: rashes, hives, swelling of the face and lips, throat tightness, or difficulty breathing when taking this drug.
Tell your doctor about the medications and vitamins you are taking to avoid drug interaction with progesterone gel.
Use caution when using this gel medication if you have underlying diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, are obese, or smoking. Avoid using this vaginal drug if you are bedridden or restricted to a sitting position for an extended period. Doing so can make you more prone to blood clots or heart attacks.
Keep in mind that this medication should be stored safely and out of reach of youngsters.
Crinone gel price in Canada
The government controls the cost of medicines in Canada. This is why medications in Canada are substantially less expensive than in other countries. The price of Crinone gel varies depending on the quantity you need and you are going to purchase. Make sure to check our pricing details at the top of this page because we offer a very competitive and reasonable price.
Frequently asked questions
Where to buy Crinone gel?
There is a vast number of local and online pharmacies supplying Crinone gel. If you are looking for a reasonable price and a faster way of purchasing this drug, check our pricelist and you can buy Crinone gel online in our drugstore.
Can I use other vaginal medication while using Crinone gel?Â
It is best not to use other vaginal medication within six hours before and after administering Crinone gel. You may need to consult this concern with your doctor.
What should I do if, after administering Crinone gel, there is still some medication left in the applicator?
If you notice some Crinone gel left in the applicator, do not be alarmed because youâ€™ll still receive the appropriate dose.
Is Crinone gel safe for pregnant women?
Avoid using Crinone gel if you are pregnant unless you are using this as part of your fertility therapy. Talk to your doctor before starting any medication to avoid harming your baby.