Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate is a synthetic progestin. It is a clear and sterile solution meant to be injected intramuscularly. It is available under many brand names and is given to women who are at an increased risk of delivering a premature child.
Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate is indicated to reduce the risk of delivering a baby too early from the normal term. It should only be used by women who are pregnant with one baby and have had a preterm baby delivery in the past. This medication is not intended to prevent preterm births in women who are pregnant with more than one baby like twins or triplets. It is also not intended to stop active preterm labor. The mechanism by which it works to reduce the probability of recurrent preterm births is not known.
Dosage and administration
This medication is given as an injection into the gluteal (hip) region by a health care professional, usually once a week. It is advised to start receiving the injections any time between the 16th and 20th week of pregnancy. Continue to receive the injections once a week until the 37th week of pregnancy or when your baby is delivered, whichever happens earlier.
Instructions for administration:
Use this medication as regularly as prescribed to get the maximum benefits.
The following side effects may occur at the injection site-
Other than those mentioned above, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are also common side effects when using the drug.