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Provera is a tablet made by Pfizer, which contains a synthetic version of progesterone called medroxyprogesterone. It can be used to treat heavy periods or period pain. It can also be prescribed off-label for period delay.

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Provera is a tablet made by Pfizer, which contains a synthetic version of progesterone called medroxyprogesterone. It can be used to treat heavy periods or period pain. It can also be prescribed off-label for period delay.

Take our consultation to buy Provera online or renew your prescription with our UK pharmacy. Orders are reviewed by GMC-registered doctors. Once approved, your medicine will be dispensed and shipped by special courier.

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11 May 2021
dr daniel

Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 11 May 2021
Product information

Provera is a tablet, which can be used to treat heavy periods or period pain. It may sometimes be prescribed off-label for period delay, in cases where norethisterone is not suitable. Pfizer market and manufacture Provera, which is only available on prescription. When you buy Provera online from our UK pharmacy, you will need to take our secure consultation, so that our doctor can ensure the treatment is right for you.

Heavy periods are where someone bleeds more than usual during menstruation. This is sometimes referred to as ‘menorrhagia’.

It isn’t always easy to define how much blood loss during a period is too much, as periods vary from one woman to another. According to NHS Choices, the average amount of blood loss during a period is around 30-40ml. More than 60ml is considered to be a ‘heavy’ menstrual bleed.

The easiest way to tell if you’re having heavy periods is if you tend to get through a lot of tampons or sanitary pads, or if your bleeding penetrates through these to your bed sheets or clothing.

There are several possible causes of heavy periods, so it’s a good idea to see a doctor if you notice any change in bleeding habits or other symptoms.

Period pain is caused by muscular contractions in the womb. These contractions occur when the lining of the womb needs to be shed during menstruation. The movement causes a restriction in the flow of blood to parts of the womb, which results in the release of a type of chemical called prostaglandins, causing pain.

Once again, most women will experience period pain in some form during their lives, and the degree to which they experience it will vary. In some cases there might be an underlying cause, so it is advisable to see a doctor if this pain becomes considerable or suddenly gets worse.

Period delay treatment can be useful for women who have a sporting event or big occasion coming up, or for example need to concentrate on studying for an exam. The discomfort that can sometimes come with a period can often be distracting; and putting off a period can help to prevent this from impacting performance and concentration.

Provera contains a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone, called medroxyprogesterone acetate.

The body produces progesterone at certain times throughout the month, as part of the normal menstrual cycle. When levels of the hormone fall, the womb lining starts to be shed, resulting in a period. In short, Provera treats heavy periods or period pain by supplementing the levels of progesterone in the body, so these symptoms are not as severe.

When used in period delay, the active ingredient tricks the body into thinking that a period is not due yet, by increasing the level of progesterone.

If you have not taken treatment for heavy periods or period pain before, or used this or a similar medication for period delay, you should see your doctor before placing an order online.

You can renew your prescription for heavy or painful period treatment online using our secure pharmacy platform. We can also provide treatments for period delay to patients who have used them before. Take our questionnaire to begin your consultation, and your answers will be reviewed by one of our doctors. When your prescription has been approved, this will be sent to our UK pharmacy to be dispensed, before being shipped by next-day delivery.

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Before you take Provera, make sure you read the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet carefully, and that you follow the directions given by your prescriber.

  • Refer to your doctor’s instructions for specific dosage information.
  • The typical dose when taken for heavy period or period pain is 2.5mg-10mg.
  • This might be taken for 5-10 days, 16-21 days after the beginning of your last period.
  • It should be taken for two consecutive menstrual cycles.
  • If you are taking Provera for period delay, these instructions may be different.
  • In some cases a doctor may also prescribe a short course of oestrogen (5-10mg for 10 days) for you to take at the same time.
  • When you have stopped taking Provera, breakthrough bleeding may occur after a few days.
  • Talk to your doctor if you do not get a period after stopping Provera.
  • Never exceed the prescribed dose.
  • If you miss a tablet, take it when you remember and continue to take it as normal, but do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
  • If you are unsure of anything to do with this medicine, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

The above is only intended as a guide. Please refer to your prescriber’s instructions and those in the leaflet when taking this treatment.

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Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Provera 10mg

Side effects

Stop using Provera and seek medical attention immediately if you develop any signs of:

  • an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, tongue, throat, difficulty breathing or hives;
  • a blood clot in a lung (pulmonary embolism), such as sudden severe chest pain or shortness of breath, coughing blood, or a fast heartbeat;
  • a stroke, such as a headache which is severe or lasts for an unusual amount of time, difficulty speaking or making facial movements, or collapsing or fainting
  • or a blood clot in the leg (deep vein thrombosis), such as pain in the calf or ankle, or redness or tenderness in the leg.

You should also speak to your doctor if you get any of the following side effects:

Very common (1 in 10 people or more):

Headache, nausea, unusual vaginal bleeding.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):

Severe allergic reaction, depression, problems sleeping, anxiety, dizziness, hair loss, acne, hives, itchiness, discharge from the vagina, breast pain or tenderness, fever, feeling tired, weight gain.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):

Excess hair growth on the face, breast discharge, water retention.

Frequency unknown

Anaphylactic reaction, longer periods, drowsiness, blood clots, rash, not having a period for extended time, abnormality of cervix, reduced sugar tolerance, loss of weight.


Taking it with other medicines

Your doctor needs to made aware of any other medication you are taking. This includes any prescription, non-prescription or remedial treatments.

Provera may interact with the following: aminoglutethimide; medicines for thinning the blood such as warfarin; anticonvulsant medicines such as phenobarbital, phenytoin and carbamazepine; ritonavir and nelfinavir; antibiotics such as rifampicin, rifabutin, nevirapine, or efavirenz; or St John’s wort.

Conditions to look out for

Make sure you disclose your medical history to your prescriber during consultation.

Provera should not be used by anyone who: is pregnant or thinks they may be pregnant; or has or has had breast cancer, blood clots, liver problems or porphyria.

It may also not be suitable for women who have or have had any of the following: epilepsy; migraines; asthma; heart, kidney or liver problems; diabetes; depression; high blood pressure; gallstones; lupus; or hearing problems.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not use Provera if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. You will need to use a barrier contraception method (such as a condom) when having sex if you are taking Provera, to prevent pregnancy.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, as they may need to provide further advice on feeding methods when taking this treatment.

Driving and using machinery

It is not likely that this treatment will inhibit your capacity to use machines or drive.

Blood clots

Provera is a hormonal treatment and can slightly increase the risk of a blood clot.

Some women are more at risk of having a blood clot due to other factors, such as being overweight, being a smoker, being unable to move around for long periods, having a personal or family history of blood clots, having had a serious injury or major surgery, or having a history of miscarriage.  

Let your prescriber know if any of these apply to you.

Lactose intolerance

Provera contains lactose. Tell your prescriber if you have any sugar intolerances.

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Provera 10mg


Can I still drink alcohol?

It is not thought that alcohol will impair the function of this treatment.

Will I still be able to drive?

It is unlikely that this medication will affect your ability to drive. If you experience any side effects which do cause your coordination or judgement to be inhibited, do not drive and let your doctor know.

Can I use this medicine while pregnant?

No. This treatment is not suitable for use during pregnancy. You should use barrier contraception when using the medicine to help ensure that you do not become pregnant.

Speak to your doctor before taking this treatment if you are breastfeeding.

How do I store it?

In a safe place, not above 25°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Provera contains the following: medroxyprogesterone acetate, lactose monohydrate, sucrose, maize starch, liquid paraffin, talc, calcium stearate, sunset yellow (E110), the colour FD & C Blue No. 2 Aluminium Lake and purified water.

Do not use this treatment if you are allergic to any of the above.

Is it available over-the-counter?

No. Provera is prescription only. Before you use this drug, a doctor will need to make sure it is safe for you to take.

Is it right for me?

If you haven’t used Provera before, or are experiencing period pain or heavy periods for the first time, you should see your doctor. They will need to perform certains checks before issuing a medication.

To renew your prescription and buy Provera from our UK pharmacy, take our questionnaire. Your responses will be reviewed by one of our GMC-registered doctors, who will only issue a prescription if they are satisfied that the treatment is suitable. Prescriptions are fulfilled by our dispensing pharmacy, before being shipped by tracked courier. Most orders arrive within one working day.

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