Provera
DESCRIPTION

This medication is a type of female hormone. It is commonly known as progestin. This medication is used in various treatments for women.

How it works

Since Provera is similar to progesterone, it is used as a replacement when your body does not naturally make sufficient amounts of progesterone.

Uses

Provera is used by women who are not pregnant or not going through menopause to treat abdominal bleeding. It is also used to restore normal menstrual cycles among women who have stopped having their periods for months. It is also used – along with other medications – in hormone replacement therapy to reduce menopause symptoms.

Furthermore, it is used in estrogen replacement therapy to decrease the risk of cancer in the uterus. It is important to note that this medication is not useful in pregnancy tests.

Dosage

You need to consume this medicine by mouth, as advised by your physician. It is highly important for you to adhere to the dose schedule provided by your physician. Your dosage will be determined by the physician according to your medical complaint and response to the treatment. Therefore, you should not make any changes without consulting your healthcare provider.

You must remember that taking this medication more than recommend will not heal your condition any faster. It will only make you more susceptible to the side effects and might even lead to an overdose. Therefore, make sure to stick to the prescription at all times.

If you are using this medication for hormone replacement therapy, then you must take it once a day for the recommend period. If you are using this medication to treat Amenorrhea, you need to take it once a day for 5-10 days during the second half of your menstrual cycle. If your condition fails to improve or persists, make sure to inform your healthcare provider immediately.

Side effects

The following are some potential side effects which you need to look out for during the course of the treatment.

Bloating
Nausea
Breast tenderness
Headaches
Mood swings
Blurred vision
Dizziness
Drowsiness
Weight gain
Changes in vaginal discharge

Although you might not experience all of the above, it is best to be aware of all of them. If you do experience any of these symptoms, make sure to get immediate medical help.

Precautions

Make sure to follow the precautionary instructions given below in order to ensure your safety during the treatment period.

Make sure that you are not allergic to the ingredients used in the medication.
Inform your physician if you have suffered from a liver disease in the past.
Do not engage in any activity that requires you to be alert as this medication can make you dizzy.
Reduce the consumption of alcohol.
Do not smoke since it can increase the risk of strokes, high blood pressure and blood clots.

Self-care

It is best not to use this medication during the treatment period as it can harm an unborn baby – especially if you use this medication during the first few months of pregnancy.

Since this drug can be passed onto infants through breast milk, you need to discuss this matter with your healthcare provider.

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