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Provera Side Effects Center
Pharmacy Editor: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Provera (medroxyprogesterone) tablets are used for treating secondary amenorrhea ; abnormal bleeding from the uterus due to hormonal imbalance and not due to fibroids, or cancer; and to prevent endometrial hyperplasia in postmenopausal women who have not undergone a hysterectomy and are receiving conjugated estrogens. Provera is used for contraception and for treating endometrial or renal cancer. A generic version is available. Side effects include breast tenderness, hives, acne, hair growth and hair loss, break-through bleeding, increased or decreased weight, nausea, fever, insomnia, and jaundice. Provera may increase risk of heart attacks, stroke, breast cancer, blood clots, and pulmonary emboli in postmenopausal women.
The dose of Provera varies depending on the indication. Provera inhibits fertility at high doses. It should not be given during pregnancy. Provera is secreted in breast milk. The effect on the infant has not been determined.
Our Provera Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Provera in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate;
- pain or swelling in one or both legs;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- vaginal bleeding if you have already gone through menopause;
- feeling like you might pass out;
- a breast lump;
- symptoms of depression (sleep problems, dizziness, mood changes, headache);
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
Less serious side effects may include:
- spotting or breakthrough bleeding;
- changes in your menstrual periods;
- vaginal itching or discharge;
- breast tenderness or discharge;
- mild itching or skin rash;
- increased acne, hair growth, loss of scalp hair;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- changes in appetite or weight,
- mild stomach pain, bloating, nausea; or
- skin color changes.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Tablets)
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Provera Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: unusual vaginal bleeding (e.g., spotting, breakthrough bleeding), mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, memory loss), swelling of the hands/feet, frequent/burning/painful urination, breast lumps, dark patches on the skin or face (melasma), yellowing eyes/skin, unusual tiredness.
This medication may rarely cause very serious (possibly fatal) problems from blood clots (e.g., heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the lungs or legs, blindness). Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following: chest/jaw/left arm pain, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, sudden vision changes (e.g., blurred/double vision, loss of vision, bulging eyes), confusion, sudden severe headache, severe dizziness, fainting, trouble breathing, coughing up blood, pain/redness/swelling/weakness of the arms/legs, calf pain/swelling that is warm to the touch.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Tablets)
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Provera FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
The following adverse reactions have been reported in women taking progestins, including PROVERA (medroxyprogesterone acetate tablets) tablets, without concomitant estrogens treatment:
Breast tenderness, mastodynia or galactorrhea has been reported.
Thromboembolic disorders including thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism have been reported.
Central nervous system
Hypersensitivity reactions (for example, anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions, angioedema), rash (allergic) with and without pruritus, change in weight (increase or decrease), pyrexia, edema/fluid retention, fatigue, decreased glucose tolerance.
Abnormal uterine bleeding/spotting, or flow; breakthrough bleeding; spotting; dysmenorrheal/pelvic pain; increase in size of uterine leiomyomata; vaginitis, including vaginal candidiasis; change in amount of cervical secretion; changes in cervical ectropion; ovarian cancer; endometrial hyperplasia; endometrial cancer.
Retinal vascular thrombosis, intolerance to contact lenses.
Central nervous system
Increase or decrease in weight; reduced carbohydrate tolerance; aggravation of porphyria; edema; arthalgias; leg cramps; changes in libido; urticaria, angioedema, anaphylactoid/anaplylactic reactions; hypocalcemia; exacerbation of asthma; increased triglycerides.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Tablets)
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