• Highly effective at treating a number of conditions such as delaying periods
  • Helps to keep the progesterone levels high in a woman's body, delaying the period from coming
  • Most effective when used for short delays (up to 10 days)
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What is Provera?

Provera tablets are part of a family of drugs known as progestogens, which are similar in nature to the natural female hormone, progesterone.

Norethisterone is a medicine that is used to delay periods and is another commonly prescribed medicine along with Provera that is available from our online pharmacy.

You can buy Provera online at Medicine Direct after a consultation with one of our certified doctors. We can offer you next day delivery if you order online before 2pm.

What is Provera used to treat?

Provera has several different functions, but it is widely prescribed to prevent women from starting their period.

Provera contains the active ingredient medroxyprogesterone acetate, which is a synthetic form of the female hormone, progesterone. Each month, a woman's progesterone levels drop, which triggers the uterus to shed the lining, making women experience a period. Provera works by keeping the progesterone levels high, therefore delaying a period.

Who can take Provera?

Provera may not be suitable for everyone to use. You should inform your doctor before taking this medication if you have any of the below conditions:

  • You have epilepsy
  • You suffer from migraine headaches
  • You have any heart problems
  • You have diabetes
  • You suffer with depression or have a history of depression
  • You have any liver problems
  • You have gallstones
  • You have any hearing problems
  • You have asthma
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus
  • You have just had an operation or are due to have one
  • You have an intolerance to some sugars
  • You have breast cancer or have had it in the past
  • You have porphyria
  • You have or have had blood clots forming in your veins or arteries
  • You are allergic to medroxyprogesterone acetate, any of the ingredients contained in Provera, or any other hormone medicines

Possible side effects

As with all medications, Provera does come with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone will get them.

You should inform your doctor if you experience any of the below adverse effects while taking Provera. Common effects may include:

  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Feeling sick
  • Nervousness
  • Hair loss
  • Dizziness
  • Acne
  • Unexpected or unusual vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling tired
  • Weight gain
  • A fever
  • Tenderness in your breasts
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Nettle rash or hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Severe allergic reaction (full information can be found under the Side Effects tab on this page)

This list is not exhaustive. For a list of rarer and more serious adverse reactions you may get, please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page.

Where can I Buy Provera online?

Only ever order medicine online if it is with a pharmacy registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), such as Medicine Direct.

We are able to offer our customers next day delivery when they place an order with us before 2pm.

Provera Dosage

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Provera.

Always follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. Always ensure you read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before taking any medicine. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of anything.

The usual dose for Provera is 10 mg. You should take Provera 3 times a day; these times should be consistent, such as in the morning, afternoon and evening.

You will need to start the course 2-3 days before your period is due to begin. After completing your course of treatment, you should get your period in about 3 days.

What if I take more than I am supposed to?

If you accidentally take more than the prescribed dose, you should seek medical attention soon as possible.

What if I forget to take it?

If you forget to take the medication, just take it as soon as you remember and then continue to take Provera as usual.

Do not take two doses at once and never double dose any medication to try and make up for missing an earlier dose.

Provera FAQ's

Can I buy Provera online?

You can order this medicine online when it has been prescribed by a doctor. You can order Provera online at Medicine Direct; if you do not yet have a prescription, one of our certified doctors can prescribe you this medication after a consultation, during which they will decide whether this medication is suitable for you.

How effective is Provera?

Provera is highly effective at treating a number of conditions, including: Painful periods, heavy periods, delaying periods, irregular periods, period not coming.You should speak to your doctor about the specific nature of your condition and they will prescribe you this medication if they believe it to be appropriate for you.

How does Provera work?

Provera works by keeping up the levels of the female hormone called progesterone. The levels of this hormone normally drop once a month, which makes the uterus shed its lining and trigger a period. Provera helps to keep the progesterone levels high in a woman's body, delaying the period from coming.

How long can I take Provera for?

The recommended dose of Provera is 10 mg each day for at least 10 to 14 days of each menstrual cycle. Your doctor will advise you on how and when to take this medication; do not deviate from their instructions and always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before taking any medicine, for a comprehensive set of instructions on how to take it. Long-term use of this medicine can lead to strokes, heart attacks and breast cancer. Speak to your doctor for more details.

Provera Side Effects

The more common adverse effects of taking Provera can be found on the main page.

There are various adverse reactions associated with Provera, which can be found below. If you experience any of these, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Severe allergic reaction

In some cases, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to this medicine and require urgent treatment in hospital. You should either go to A&E or call 999 straight away if you have any of these symptoms:

  • You are wheezing
  • You have swelling in the mouth, throat, face, tongue or lips
  • You are finding it hard to speak or breathe
  • You have a skin rash that is swollen, red, itchy, blistered or peeling
  • You have tightness in the chest or throat

Symptoms of blood clots in the lungs

These symptoms may occur separately or together:

  • Coughing up blood
  • Sudden sharp pain in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heartbeat

Symptoms of blood clots in the brain (stroke)

  • Difficulty speaking
  • You feel faint or collapse
  • You have a severe or long headache
  • You have numbness in any part of your body
  • Your sight is affected

Symptoms of deep-vein thrombosis

  • Severe tenderness or pain in your calf, foot or ankle
  • Purple discolouration of the skin on your leg, which may become red and warm to the touch

Uncommon side effects

  • Swelling in the veins from blood clots
  • Cervix abnormalities
  • Facial hair growth
  • Milky discharge from the breast when not pregnant/breastfeeding
  • Oedema/fluid retention
  • Rash
  • Delayed egg releases and a longer menstrual cycle
  • Drowsiness
  • Stopping or extended breaks between periods
  • Decreased sugar tolerance
  • Losing weight

If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should report them to your doctor immediately.

This list may not be exhaustive; always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly, for a full list of side effects.

If you have any concerns or questions at all, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor before taking this medicine.

Provera Warnings and drug interactions

Provera may interact with certain other medications, hindering its effectiveness and possibly increasing your risk of experiencing adverse reactions.

You should always make sure your doctor is aware of any other medication you may be taking. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicine, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

In particular, you should let them know if you are currently taking:

  • Aminoglutethimide
  • Any remedies containing St. John's Wort
  • Ritonavir or nelfinavir
  • Any medications used to treat infections, such as rifampicin, rifabutin or nevirapine
  • Any medications used to treat convulsions, such as phenytoin and carbamazepine
  • Medicines to thin your blood, such as Warfarin

If you have any concerns or questions, we advise you to discuss these with your doctor before you start to take this medication.

Only ever order medicine online if it is with a pharmacy registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), such as Medicine Direct.

We are able to offer our customers next day delivery when they place an order with us before 2pm.

Risk of Venous Thromboembolism

For all women, there is the small chance of having a blood clot in the veins of the leg, lung or other part of the body. When taking Provera or any other hormone medicine, your risk of getting a blood clot is slightly raised. This is even more likely if:

  • You are heavily overweight
  • You have relatives who have/had blood clots
  • You have a serious injury or have major surgery
  • You have had a blood clot in the veins or lungs before
  • You have a history of repeated miscarriages

You are unable to move for a long period of time, such as after an operation

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You must not take Provera if you are pregnant; hormonal medicines can affect your baby's development. If you are currently pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, you must inform your doctor.

If you get pregnant while taking this course of medicine, you should inform your doctor immediately.

The medicine can be transferred into your breast milk, so you should wait for at least 6 weeks after your baby is born before you start to use Provera. Once again, you should inform your doctor if you are currently breastfeeding.

Provera Ingredients

The active ingredient contained in Provera is medroxyprogesterone acetate.

Inactive ingredients also contained in a 10 mg dose are: Lactose monohydrate, sucrose, maize starch, liquid paraffin, talc, calcium stearate, purified water.

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This page has recently been medically reviewed by Sonia Khan MPharm: 2076091

Published on: 04/06/2021

Updated on: 04/06/2021

This content has been written by James Nuttall and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan.

Sonia Khan Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Sonia Khan
MPharm: 2076091


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