|| Medroxyprogesterone Acetate
What is Provera?
Provera can be used to bring on a normal menstrual cycle in women who menstruated normally in the past but have not menstruated in the past 6 months and who are not pregnant or undergoing menopause. The active ingredient medroxyprogesterone acetate is a man made form of the female hormone, progestin. It can be used to treat various disorders of the menstrual cycle such as irregular, heavy or painful periods as well as abnormal uterine bleeding. Some women may also use it to treat a condition where tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus is found elsewhere in the body, endometriosis.
How is Provera used?
Provera is usually taken orally once daily or as directed by a doctor. The tablets should be taken with a glass of water but can be taken with or without food. Contact a doctor for the correct cycle of treatment, length of treatment, start date and dosage as it will depend on the condition being treated and the patientís response to the therapy. The medication should be taken whole and not chewed, crushed, split or broken before consumption.
Provera may cause unwanted side effects such as:
- Breast tenderness or pain
- Spotting or breakthrough bleeding
- Hair loss
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Vision problems
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Breast lumps
- Chest pain
- Mental or mood changes
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Provera is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.