Oral Provera is a progestin which contains medroxyprogesterone
acetate, a synthetic form of the naturally occurring female sex hormone,
progesterone. It is used to treat various menstrual disorders such as
irregular or abnormal uterine bleeding due to hormone imbalance, lack of menstruation (when
periods have stopped) and the pain from endometriosis. Progestins at high doses, also prevent
ovulation and medroxyprogesterone injections are used for contraception.
Medroxyprogesterone is also used in combination with estrogens for treating the symptoms of
menopause, to prevent growth of the endometrium that may lead to endometrial cancer.
Medroxyprogesterone brand names include: Amen, Curretab, Cycrin, Depo Progevera,
Depo Provera, Deviry, Farlutal, Forlutal, Modus, Provera and Progevera.
Ordering options for Medroxyprogesterone, Provera, Depo Provera and Modus are below.
No prescription is needed, but some pharmacies will require a consultation via questionnaire to
enable their staff physician to issue a prescription (this is a free consultation).
Other pharmacies do not require a consultation (no consultation needed)*
More Medications for infertility and menstrual disorders :also: Contraceptives
Cautions before taking Medroxyprogesterone
Do not take medroxyprogesterone if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as it
could affect the development of the baby.
Do not take medroxyprogesterone without the approval of your doctor if you have any of the
Bleeding or blood-clotting disorder
Breast or uterine cancer
Liver or gallbladder disease.
Epilepsy or any seizure disorder
Medroxyprogesterone Side effects
The following serious side effects have been noted and need emergency medical attention:
such as difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of lips, tongue, or face and hives.
shortness of breath or pain in your chest
sudden severe headache
painful, red or swollen leg
numbness or tingling in an arm or leg
prolonged, heavy, vaginal bleeding
stomach or side pain
yellowing of the skin or eyes
Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur:
changes in appetite or weight
swelling of hands or feet
changes in menstrual cycle
increase in body or facial hair or hair loss,
tenderness of the breasts
headache or insomnia
changes in the voice
acne and/or areas of darker skin
There maybe other side effects not listed above, if in doubt contact your doctor.