When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Provera include the following:
  • This medication comes in tablet form. It is normally taken by mouth once a day for a certain number of days per cycle, depending on the particular use.
  • Provera can be taken with or without food. Try taking the medication with food if it bothers your stomach.
  • Try to take this medicine at the same time each day. This will help you remember to take it and will maintain an even level of the hormone in your bloodstream.
  • For Provera to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The dose of Provera your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Why you are taking the medicine
  • How you respond to it.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Provera Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Provera

Just like any medicine, Provera may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Provera include but are not limited to:
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Spotting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache.
(Click Provera Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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