Generic Name(s): medroxyprogesterone
Drug Class: Progestin
Treats: Menopause, Abnormal bleeding in uterus, Abnormal menstrual period,
Provera belongs to the progestins family of drugs that contains the active ingredient medroxyprogesterone acetate. Provera is a synthetic form of progesterone, which is a naturally occurring female sex hormone. The drug is administered in the treatment of various disorders of the menstrual cycle. Provera reduces the effects of estrogen on tissues like the breast or endometrium.
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Provera has the same application as a female hormone (progestin). This drug is similar to the female hormone progesterone and replaces the hormone in the female body when the body cannot create sufficient amounts. Provera is used for treating abnormal bleeding from the uterus and in the restoration of normal menstrual periods in women who are neither pregnant nor going through menopause. Provera can also be used in hormone replacement therapy with estrogens to decrease symptoms of menopause like hot flashes. Provera is added to estrogen replacement treatment to lower the risk of uterus cancer. Provera is a progestin hormone that works by altering the uterus lining.
Below you will find the primary uses of Provera:
- Abnormal bleeding in uterus
- Abnormal menstrual period
Provera dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional's directions carefully for best results.
- One pill taken once daily for the number of days prescribed
Provera Side Effects
Provera, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Provera, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- Changes in vaginal discharge
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Weight loss/gain
- Blurred vision
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Provera. As with all drugs, before taking Provera, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.