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Provera® 5mg Tablets
(medroxyprogesterone acetate)
Your medicine is known by the above name, but will be referred to as
Provera throughout this:
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you personally and you should not
pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the
same as yours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1) What Provera are and what they are used for
2) Before you take Provera
3) How to take Provera
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Provera
6) Further information

1) What Provera are and what they are used for
• Provera Tablets are one of a group of medicines called ‘progestogens’.
Progestogens are similar to the natural female hormone progesterone.
Provera contains the progestogen called medroxyprogesterone acetate
as the active ingredient.
• Provera has several uses. You can take Provera to treat or manage:
o Heavy periods
o Painful periods
o Irregular periods or periods that are more frequent than normal
o Absence of periods
o Mild to moderate endometriosis (where tissue from your womb is found
outside your womb)

2) Before you take Provera
Provera may not be suitable for all women. Please read the following
list carefully to see if any of these apply to you. Consult your doctor if
you are not sure.
• Do not take Provera if you:
o are allergic to medroxyprogesterone acetate or other similar hormone
medicines, or to any of the other ingredients of Provera tablets (see
Section 6 ‘Further information’ for more details)
o are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant. Your doctor may give you
a pregnancy test before starting treatment or if you miss a period during
o have now or have had in the past breast cancer
o have now or have had in the past blood clots forming in your veins
(venous thrombosis)
o have now or have had in the past blood clots forming in your arteries
(arterial thrombosis)
o have liver problems
o have porphyria where your body lacks the ability to correctly produce
certain enzymes and it manifests with either neurological complications
or with skin problems (or occasionally both)
• Taking special care with Provera
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions to help him or
her decide if Provera is suitable for you:
• Epilepsy
• Migraine headaches
• Asthma
• Heart problems
• Kidney problems
• Diabetes
• Depression or a history of depression

Risk of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
All women have a small chance of having a blood clot in the veins of the
leg, in the lung or other part of the body. The chances of getting a clot are
very slightly higher if you are taking a hormone medicine like Provera. You
are more likely to get a clot whether or not you are taking Provera if you:
• are very overweight
• have had a blood clot in the veins or lungs before
• have relatives who have had blood clots
• are unable to move for long periods of time (for example after an
• have a serious injury or have major surgery.
• have a history of repeated miscarriage
Tell your doctor if you have just had an operation or if you are going to have
an operation while taking Provera. Section 4 of this leaflet ‘Possible side
effects’ also has more information on the warning signs of blood clots.
Important information on some of the ingredients of Provera
Provera Tablets contain lactose and sucrose which are types of sugar. If
you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following
medicines, as the effect of Provera may be altered when they are taken at
the same time:
o Aminoglutethimide, sometimes used in Cushing’s Syndrome
o Medicines for thinning the blood (e.g warfarin)
o Medicines for treating convulsions (e.g. phenobarbital, phenytoin and
o Ritonavir and nelfinavir, sometimes used to treat HIV and AIDS
o Medicines for treating infections (e.g. rifampicin, rifabutin, nevirapine,
o St John’s wort, a herbal treatment for depression
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines not
listed above, including those bought without a prescription.
Provera must not be taken if you are pregnant as hormonal medicines can
affect the developing baby. It is important you use another method of
contraception (e.g. a condom) while taking Provera, as it is not reliable as a
If you are breastfeeding, speak to your doctor who will advise whether you
should use an alternative method of feeding your baby.
Driving and using machinery
No effect on the ability to drive or use machinery has been seen with

3) How to take Provera
You should follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. The number of tablets
will depend on the condition you are being treated for. This information can
also be found on the label on the box the tablets come in. The following
information will help you see what the usual dose is for a particular problem.
Taking Provera for heavy or irregular bleeding and other period
You will usually take 2.5mg-10mg for 5-10 days beginning 16 days after
your last period began. A few days after you stop taking the tablets you will
usually have bleeding like a period.
To stop your periods causing problems again, your doctor may tell you to
repeat this dose of Provera during your next cycle. In some cases, your
doctor may also prescribe estrogen to be taken at the same time as Provera
at doses of 5-10mg for 10 days.

Taking Provera when you are not having periods
You will usually take 2.5mg-10mg for 5-10 days beginning on a day which
has been calculated or assumed to represent Day 16 of your menstrual
cycle. A few days after you stop taking the tablets you will usually have
bleeding like a period.
Your treatment will be repeated for three cycles. In some cases, your doctor
may also prescribe estrogen to be taken at the same time as Provera at
doses of 5-10mg for 10 days.
Taking Provera for endometriosis - You will usually take 10mg 3 times a
day (30mg) for 3 months (90 days) starting on the first day of your period. If
you have any irregular spotting or bleeding during treatment this is normal
and nothing to worry about.
If you do not have a period after you finish a course of Provera, check
with your doctor in case you are pregnant.
What do I do if I forget to take a tablet?
Take the tablet as soon as you remember, and carry on taking the tablets at
the normal times.
What if I take too many tablets at once?
If you take too many tablets, contact your doctor straight away. Make sure
that nobody else takes your tablets.

4) Possible side effects
Like all medicines Provera can cause side effects, although not everyone
gets them.
Reasons for stopping Provera treatment immediately
Rarely, Provera may cause a severe allergic reaction which can be lifethreatening in some cases. You can get some or all of the following
symptoms: wheezing, difficulty breathing, feeling faint, swelling of the face
or tongue, hands and feet, intense itchy skin rash. If you think you are
reacting badly to the medicine get emergency medical help immediately.
If you get any of the following symptoms, you should stop taking the
tablets and see your doctor immediately. These could all be warning signs
of thrombosis (a blood clot) which will need urgent treatment.
• Sudden, severe, sharp pain in your chest
• Coughing up blood
• You suddenly become short of breath
• Your heart beats more rapidly
These are symptoms of a blood clot in the lungs
• You have an unusually severe or long headache
• Your sight is affected in any way
• You find it difficult to speak
• You collapse or faint
• Any part of your body feels weak or numb
These can be symptoms of a blood clot in the brain (‘a stroke’)
• You have severe pain, tenderness or swelling in your calf, ankle or
• You have purple discolouration of the skin of the leg or the skin
becomes red and warm to touch
These are symptoms of a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT).

Other side effects
You can also get the following side effects with medicines like Provera:
Effects on the reproductive system and breasts: breast pain and
tenderness, a milky discharge from the breast when not pregnant or
breastfeeding (galactorrhoea).
Effects on the nervous system: headache, depression, dizziness, fatigue,
difficulty sleeping, feeling sleepy, nervousness.
Effects on the stomach and intestines: feeling sick.
Effects on your heart and circulation: blood clots, including clots in the
lung, and swelling in the veins due to blood clots, stroke, heart attacks.
Effects on your skin, nose, throat or hair: generalised itching, rash,
hives, acne, excessive hair growth on the face or body, hair loss.
Miscellaneous: fluid retention and swelling of hands and ankles, weight
changes, decreased tolerance to sugars like glucose.
If you experience any of the above side effects or notice any other
unusual effects not mentioned in the leaflet, tell your doctor at once.

5) How to store Provera

Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton label or blister strip.
Do not store above 25°C.
Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking the tablets, please take them back to
the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the tablets if your doctor tells
you to.
• If the tablets become discoloured or show signs of any deterioration, you
should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will advise you what to do.
• Make sure that your tablets have not been damaged or opened before
you take them.

6) Further information
What Provera looks like and contents of the pack
Provera 5mg Tablets are blue, round and marked ‘U’ on one side and ‘286
scoreline 286’ on the other.
Provera 5mg Tablets comes in blister packs of 30
What Provera contains
Each Tablet contains 5 mg of medroxyprogesterone acetate as the active
It also contains the following inactive ingredients; sucrose, maize starch,
lactose, liquid paraffin, calcium stearate, talc and the food dye colouring;
blue - indigo carmine (E132)
PL 10383/1746


Who makes and repackages your medicine?
Your medicine is manufactured by Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV
Rijksweg 12, 2870 Puurs, Belgium. Procured from within the EU and
repackaged by Product Licence Holder: Primecrown Ltd, 4/5 Northolt
Trading Estate, Belvue Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 5QS.
Leaflet date: 18.04.2012

Provera is a registered trademark of the Pfizer group of companies.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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