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Clinical data
ATC code
Synonyms R-5020; RU-5020
CAS Number
PubChem CID
ECHA InfoCard 100.207.681
Chemical and physical data
Formula C22H30O2
Molar mass 326.472 g/mol
3D model (Jmol)

Promegestone (INN) (brand name Surgestone), also known as 17α,21-dimethyl-Δ9-19-norprogesterone or 17α,21-dimethyl-19-norpregna-4,9-diene-3,20-dione,[1] is a steroidal progestin of the 19-norprogesterone group which was introduced in 1983 and is marketed in France, Portugal, and Argentina.[1][2][3][4] Indications include gynaecological conditions caused by luteal insufficiency, including premenopausal disorders, dysmenorrhea, and premenstrual syndrome.[4] Promegestone has weak glucocorticoid activity, but does not bind to the androgen receptor or possess antimineralocorticoid activity.[4][5] In addition, promegestone has been found to act as a non-competitive antagonist of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, similarly to progesterone.[6] The drug is mainly bound to albumin; it does not bind to sex hormone-binding globulin, and binds only weakly to transcortin.[5]

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  6. ^ Blanton MP, Xie Y, Dangott LJ, Cohen JB (February 1999). "The steroid promegestone is a noncompetitive antagonist of the Torpedo nicotinic acetylcholine receptor that interacts with the lipid-protein interface". Mol. Pharmacol. 55 (2): 269–78. PMID 9927618.