Provera is like the progesterone hormone that the bodies of females make naturally. This medicine is given when the female body stops making progesterone or does not produce enough. This medicine is usually given to women who have abnormal bleeding problems.
Like irregular bleeding from the uterus even when the women are not going through menopause or pregnancy or when women stop having normal menstrual bleeding for several months, Provera is given with estrogen as a hormone replacement therapy to alleviate the symptoms of menopause. Here is everything you need to know about this medicine.
How To Use This Medicine?
Carefully read the usage label that comes with the medicine. You have to take medicine orally with a full glass of water. Your doctor will prescribe you the medicine dosage based on your symptoms and condition, so follow his instructions carefully. Your doctor might change the dose of the medicine depending upon your body’s response to the therapy.
As you already know, Provera is given a combination of estrogen in hormone replacement therapy. If you want this therapy to be effective for you, take this medicine regularly. Your doctor will prescribe you to take medicine for a specific number of days every month.
If you are taking this medicine for abnormal bleeding from the uterus or stopped menstrual bleeding, your doctor will ask you to take medicine for at least 5 to 10 days in the second half of your menstrual cycle.
Even after taking this medicine, if your condition does not get better or worse, immediately contact your doctor.
Interaction With Which Medicines
The interaction of Provera with other medicines can affect the effectiveness of the medicine. It can decrease the effectiveness of the medicine or increase the risk of side effects of the medicine. Inform your doctor about all the medicines you are taking before taking Provera. To do this, make a complete list of all the medicines you are taking, including prescription, non-prescription, and herbal medicines. The medicines that can interact with this drug are.
- Medicine that affects the enzymes that help in removing medroxyprogesterone.
Keep in mind that your doctor prescribed you the dose of the medicine by keeping all the factors in mind. So do not change the dose of this medicine or any other medicine you are taking, or do not stop taking any medicine without consulting your doctor first.
What Are The Possible Side Effects?
Here are some of the possible side effects of this medicine.
- Blurred vision, bloating, change in vaginal discharge, breast tenderness, mood swings, nausea, drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and weight change are the most common side effects of this medicine. Commonly all of these symptoms fade away with time. Go to your doctor as soon as possible if any of these symptoms get worse or do not go away with time.
- The serious side effects that can occur after taking medicine are pain during urination, mood changes, swelling of hands and feet, dark patches on the body, irregular change in vaginal bleeding, tiredness, breast lumps, and yellowing of eyes and skin. If you notice any of these side effects, go to your doctor immediately.
- Severe side effects after taking this medicine are rare, but they can occur. The symptoms are pain in the chest, confusion, weakness on one side of the body, coughing up blood, abrupt changes in vision, swelling that feels warm when touched, slurred speech, swelling of different parts of the body, severe headache, trouble in breathing, and fainting. Seek medical assistance as soon as possible if you notice any of the symptoms.
- Serious allergic reaction after taking this medicine is also very rare, but it can occur. The symptoms of serious allergic reaction are rash, swelling, itching, redness, trouble breathing, and dizziness.
Keep in mind that your doctor prescribed you this medicine because the benefits were more than the side effects of the medicine. All the possible side effects of the medicine are not listed here, so if you notice anything unusual after taking medicine, then go to your doctor first.
What Should Be The Precautions?
The first thing you have to do is notify your doctor if you are allergic to this medicine or any other medicine. There are some inactive ingredients in the medicine that might cause a problem later, so discuss with your doctor in detail to avoid any inconvenience.
If you have any of the following medical conditions, then do not take this medicine like bleeding in the brain, missed abortion, the problem of blood clots formation, heart attack within one year, cancer of any female organs, liver diseases, and vaginal bleeding due to any reason.
It is very important to inform your doctor about your medical history before taking this medicine. Like if you have a family history of breast cancer, depression, high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, high blood cholesterol level, seizures, strokes, obesity, asthma, and migraine headaches.
Provera can make you dizzy or drowsy, so do not drive or use any machinery until you feel completely conscious. If you are consuming alcohol or cannabis while taking this medicine, it will make you drowsier and dizzier, so limit your alcohol and cannabis intake.
If you are undergoing surgery or a lab test, then inform your doctor as this medicine can affect the results of lab tests.
This medicine also passes into breast milk, so consult your doctor first before taking it.
Overdose & Missed Dose
In case of overdose, seek medical assistance as soon as possible. The symptoms of overdose are severe nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, and passing out.
If you miss the dose of the medicine, then take it as soon as you remember it; if the time of the next dose is near, then skin the previous dose as it can double the dose, which can lead to overdose.
Always follow the instruction and prescriptions of your doctor while taking any medicine. Never share your prescription with anyone, even if he/she has the same symptoms. Go for regular checkups to keep a check on your health.