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HYDROXYPROGESTERONE CAPROATE - INTRAMUSCULAR
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Makena
USES: This medication is used in women who are pregnant with a single baby, and who have delivered a baby too early (preterm) in the past. It is used to help lower the risk of having a preterm baby again. Hydroxyprogesterone is a man-made form of a female hormone (progestin). It is not known how it works to prevent preterm births.
This medication is not intended to prevent preterm birth in women pregnant with more than one baby (such as twins, triplets). It is also not intended to stop active preterm labor.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using hydroxyprogesterone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is given by injection into your hip area (upper outer area of the buttocks) by a health care professional, usually once a week (every 7 days) or as directed by your doctor. You will start receiving injections any time from the 16th week through the 20th week of your pregnancy. You will continue to receive injections once a week until week 37 of your pregnancy or when your baby is delivered, whichever happens first.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
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