The generic name for the prescription medication Provera is called Medroxyprogesterone and it’s a form of progestin (a specific form of progesterone). It’s a female hormone that helps to control ovulation (what happens when an egg is released from the ovaries) as well as menstrual periods.
Provera is used in order to treat a number of different conditions like absent or inconsistent menstrual periods and uterine bleeding that’s not normal. Provera can also be used in order to lower the risk of a condition called endometrial hyperplasia while making use of estrogens. This is a condition that can cause result in uterine cancer.
In addition to these uses Provera can be used to stop the overgrowth inside the lining of the uterus in women who are postmenopausal that are getting estrogen hormone replacement therapy.
There are other uses for this medication not mentioned here, but these other uses are best left to the discretion of a medical professional.
What are some of the potential common side effects a user of this drug might be at risk for if they need to use it for their condition?
Spotting or breakthrough bleeding
Changes in your menstrual periods
Vaginal itching or discharge
Breast tenderness or discharge
Headache, dizziness, feeling nervous or depressed
Bruising or swelling of your veins
Premenstrual type symptoms (bloating, fluid retention, mood changes)
Sleep problems (insomnia)
Itching, rash, acne, hair growth, loss of scalp hair
Stomach discomfort, bloating, nausea
Vision changes and difficulty wearing contact lenses
What is it going to be important to talk to your doctor about before you were to start using this medication for your condition?
It’s going to be important for you to speak with a doctor about any specific risks you might have when using this medication and the benefits of using it. The risks will need to be weighed against the benefits in order to determine if the drug is right for you. If you smoke or are overweight, then there is going to be an additional risk you face when using this drug.
You’ll need to have your progress checked on a consistent basis when on Provera in order to see how you are coming along. Usually this is going to take place every 3 to 6 months. At this time a doctor will decide if it’s a good idea in order to keep using the medication.
What’s the best way to take this medication in order to ensure you keep the overall risk of side effects low?
It’s going to be best for you to follow the directions that come with the prescription label. This is unless a doctor gives you special instructions because there is some sort of special risk that applies to only you. Be sure to not take the drug in doses that are bigger or smaller than recommended or for longer than required.
This treatment is typically given for a period of about a few days in a row per month. You might need to start using the treatment on a specific day of your menstrual period, depending on the reasons you are using it in the first place.
Understand that use of this treatment can also interfere with the results of specific medical tests you might need. So if you need a medical test of any type done it’s going to be important for you to let the doctor in charge know you are on Provera.