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Duphaston

Active Ingredients:Dydrogesterone \ DAI - droh - JES - ter- roun\

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.

They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how many tablets you will need to take each day.

The dose and treatment time with Duphaston tablets depends on the condition being treated and response to therapy.

How much to take

Absence of periods

The usual dose is 1 or 2 tablets one or two times daily, from the 15th to the 25th day of the menstrual cycle. Sometimes the tablets will be given from the 5th to the 25th day. Treatment will usually be for 3 to 6 months.

If the tablets are to be given in combination with an oestrogen, then the usual dose is one tablet daily from the 11th to the 25th day.

In patients with very irregular cycles who are given Duphaston to start bleeding, the usual dose is one tablet daily for 5 days.

Irregular bleeding

  • To stop bleeding, 1 or 2 tablets are given one or two times daily for 5-10 days.
  • To prevent further heavy bleeding, 1 or 2 tablets are given one or two times a day from the 11th to 25th day of the menstrual cycle and repeated when necessary.

Endometriosis

The usual dose is 1 or 2 tablets one or two times a day from the 5th to the 25th day of the menstrual cycle. Sometimes the tablets are taken continuously.

Painful periods

The usual dose is 1 or 2 tablets given one or two times a day from the 5th to the 25th day of the menstrual cycle.

Supplement to Hormone Replacement Therapy

One tablet daily for 10-12 days per month is the usual dose for most patients. In the event of unacceptable bleeding patterns the dose may be increased to 2 tablets daily for 10-12 days.

How to take it

Swallow the tablets with a glass of water

When to take it

Take Duphaston at about the same time each day.

Taking your tablets at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take the tablets.

It does not matter if you take Duphaston before or after food.

How long to take it

Take your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you to.

If you forget to take Duphaston

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the one you missed.

This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.

If you forget to take Duphaston, do so as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally.

If you have problems remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to the Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Duphaston.

Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

Signs of overdose are feeling sick and vaginal bleeding in females.

Things you must do

Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Duphaston.

Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Duphaston.

If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you have any prolonged or recurrent vaginal bleeding which is unusual while taking Duphaston tablets.

Tell any doctor if you go for any types of tests that you are taking Duphaston tablets. The tablets may change the results of the tests.

If you are taking Duphaston with an oestrogen for hormone replacement therapy include foods that are good sources of calcium and Vitamin D in your daily diet and exercise regularly.

Calcium, Vitamin D and exercise may help prevent thinning of the bones. Your doctor can advise you on which foods and types of exercise are best for you.

Things you must not do

Do not give Duphaston to any one else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not take Duphaston to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not stop taking Duphaston or change the dose without checking with your doctor.

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