Provera Medication Information

Provera® (medroxyprogesterone acetate) is a drug prescribed for the treatment of amenorrhea (absence of menstrual periods) and abnormal vaginal bleeding. It is also approved to help prevent an overgrowth of the uterine lining in postmenopausal women who are undergoing estrogen therapy. This medicine contains a synthetic (manufactured) version of the female progesterone hormone and works by replacing the progesterone the body is unable to produce.
Although the drug is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before taking Provera, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, let your healthcare provider know if you have heart disease, a seizure disorder, or a history of breast cancer. To avoid possible drug interactions, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of all other prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements.
(Click Provera for more information on using this medication. Topics discussed in this article include dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while taking it.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD