Generic Name: Medroxyprogesterone Tablets (me DROKS ee proe JES te rone)
Brand Name: Provera
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 6, 2019.
WarningHormone replacement therapy (HRT):
- Do not take with estrogens to prevent heart disease or dementia. Using estrogens may raise your chances of having a heart attack, a stroke, breast cancer, a blood clot, or dementia.
- Use estrogens with or without progestin for the shortest time needed at the lowest useful dose.
Uses of Provera:
- It is used to lower the chance of endometrial changes in women after change of life who are getting estrogen therapy.
- It is used to treat uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance.
- It is used to treat females who do not have a monthly period cycle.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Provera?
- If you are allergic to Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets); any part of Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have had any of these health problems: Bleeding disorder; blood clots or risk of having a blood clot; breast cancer or other cancer; liver disease; heart attack; stroke; or tumor where estrogen or progesterone make it grow.
- If you have unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
For all reasons other than cancer treatment:
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets) if you are pregnant.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Provera?
For all uses of Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets):
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Blood clots have happened with Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets). These clots have included heart attack, stroke, and clots in the leg, lung, or eye. Sometimes blood clots can be deadly. Tell your doctor if you have ever had a blood clot. Talk with your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor if you will need to be still for long periods of time like long trips, bedrest after surgery, or illness. Not moving for long periods may raise your chance of blood clots.
- Call your doctor right away if you have signs of a blood clot like chest pain or pressure; coughing up blood; shortness of breath; swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm; or trouble speaking or swallowing.
- Liver problems have happened. Call your doctor right away if you get signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- High triglyceride levels have happened with Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets). Tell your doctor if you have ever had high triglyceride levels.
- Have a bone density test as you have been told by your doctor. Talk with your doctor.
- Take calcium and vitamin D as you were told by your doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- There may be a higher chance of breast cancer.
- Be sure to have regular breast exams and gynecology check-ups. You will also need to do breast self-exams as you have been told.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets).
- This medicine may cause dark patches of skin on your face. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
- If you are 65 or older, use Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets) with care. You could have more side effects.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT):
- High blood pressure has happened with drugs like this one. Have your blood pressure checked as you have been told by your doctor.
- There may be a higher chance of endometrial cancer.
How is this medicine (Provera) best taken?
Use Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
- Eyesight changes or loss, bulging eyes, or change in how contact lenses feel.
- A lump in the breast, breast pain or soreness, or nipple discharge.
- Vaginal itching or discharge.
- Vaginal bleeding that is not normal.
- Depression or other mood changes.
- This medicine may cause you to swell or keep fluid in your body. Tell your doctor if you have swelling, weight gain, or trouble breathing.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Signs of gallbladder problems like pain in the upper right belly area, right shoulder area, or between the shoulder blades; yellow skin or eyes; fever with chills; bloating; or very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Signs of a pancreas problem (pancreatitis) like very bad stomach pain, very bad back pain, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
- Signs of low calcium levels like muscle cramps or spasms, numbness and tingling, or seizures.
- Mood changes.
- Memory problems or loss.
- Feeling confused.
What are some other side effects of Provera?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
For all uses of Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets):
- Weight gain or loss.
- Feeling dizzy, sleepy, tired, or weak.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Change in sex interest.
- Pimples (acne).
- Hair loss.
- Hair growth.
- Enlarged breasts.
- Tender breasts.
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting.
- Stomach pain.
- Trouble sleeping.
- No period or other period (menstrual) changes.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT):
- Stomach cramps.
- Joint pain.
- Leg cramps.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Provera?
- Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Provera (medroxyprogesterone tablets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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