Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate)
What is Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) used for?
Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) is a form of progesterone, the female hormone that helps with the regulation of ovulation and menstruation, and is prescribed for a variety of uses. It is sometimes given to women of child bearing age as a treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding, or to help women suffering from amenorrhea to restore normal menstrual periods. It may also be given to women undergoing hormone replacement therapy to prevent excessive growth of the lining of the uterus, or to reduce the risk of endometrial hyperplasia.
How should I use Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate)?
Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) tablets are taken orally. The dosage required and the strength of tablets which should be taken varies for each patient. Your physician will tell you the required dosage and strength of tablets to take. Some patients treating stopped periods or abnormal uterine bleeding may be told to take this medication once per day, usually for a period of 5 to 10 days during the second half of their menstrual cycle, or as directed by their physician. It is common for withdrawal bleeding to occur 3 to 7 days after you cease taking this medication.
What are the side effects of Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate)?
Patients who have been prescribed Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) may notice the following side effects:
It is essential to report all side effects to your physician. This medication may also cause other more severe side effects. Immediately see your physician if you notice swelling of the hands or feet, painful urination, dark patches on the skin or any other side effects not mentioned here.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.