Gestanin has been commonly used to prevent habitual spontaneous abortion as well as in the prevention of premature labor, but is not currently recommended for such uses any longer. Gestanin is progestogen, which is in fact closely and structurally similar to the hormone progesterone. In patients with a proven progesterone deficiency, progestogen has been proven to help women carry fetuses to term.
Gestanin is specifically designed to be taken during pregnancy, but still carries a small risk of ill effects just like all medications during pregnancy. Gestanin should be discontinued after delivery as it may affect a nursing infant to a small but noticeable degree combined with the knowledge that it is no longer a necessary medication post partum. This medication is not approved for children under the age 16.
Generically prescribed as allyloestrenol, Gestanin is not currently approved by the American Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States. Some medications like Gestanin are used throughout the world but are restricted to use outside the United States.
Some patients have experienced side effects while undergoing drug therapy with this medication, although few have reported severe side effects. Serious side effects associated with Gestanin might include allergic reaction, dehydration, severe nausea and vomiting, and watery or bloody diarrhea. Allergic reactions often present with symptoms which might include facial swelling, including swelling of the lips, throat, tongue, or mouth, difficulty breathing, itching, and hives.
Most patients report subtle side effects which generally do not mandate urgent medical care. Some patients complain of side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and indigestion. Patients who experience mild side effects should simply report them to the prescribing physician. While not true in all cases, some side effects can be managed through a dosage reduction of Gestanin.
Not all patients will be able to tolerate Gestanin well and may require careful monitoring while taking Gestanin. Some patients may not be able to take Gestanin at all and might require an alternative medication, depending on the condition, its severity, and the overall condition of health involving the patient. Patients with health conditions such as heart disease, congestive heart failure, sick sinus syndrome, coronary artery disease, seizures, epilepsy, renal dysfunction, migraine headaches typically associated with hormonal changes in the body, or breathing diseases including but not limited to asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD may not be able to take Gestanin.
Gestanin should only be taken as it has been prescribed according to the prescription instructions. Patients should never take additional medication or a double dose of Gestanin as this is likely to result in an overdose. Should a patient overdose while taking Gestanin, urgent emergency medical care is required. Patients might experience symptoms such as excessive fatigue, unusual drowsiness, fainting, accelerated heart rate, seizures, coma, rigid muscles or uncontrollable muscle movements involving the jaw, neck, face, or extremities.
If patients who use Gestanin are prescribed this medication for a long period of time, it is important that they obtain their refills prior to running out of medication. If the medication is being used to treat a hormone deficiency, suddenly stopping the chronic use of Gestanin may cause health complications.
Patients should always consult with their prescribing physician before taking any new medications, including over the counter medications and herbal remedies. While it has not yet been determined exactly which medications may cause serious interactions, some medications may cause health complications or can become less effective when taken with Gestanin.
Patients should never allow a third party to “borrow” their medication. Gestanin should only be taken by the patient it was originally intended for. Patients who take this medication without a prescription risk facing serious health complications.
Generic name: Allyloestrenol
Brand name(s): Gestanol, Gestanon, Gestormone, Orageston, Organon, Perselin, Turinal
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