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Prometrium
(Progesterone)

Provera
(Medroxyprogesterone)

Taken for irregular bleeding or paired with estrogen replacements for menopause. Prometrium (Progesterone) regulates menstrual cycles, treats heavy bleeding, and prevents thickening of the uterus.Regulates your menstrual cycle and supplements estrogen treatments for menopause. Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) works well to regulate your menstrual cycle and stop irregular bleeding. It also protects the uterus from estrogen's harmful effects.
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Reviews for Prometrium (Progesterone)
62%
of people say Prometrium (Progesterone) is worth it
41%
say it works well
16%
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Side effects
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  • Breast tenderness 21%
  • Dizziness 20%
  • Breast pain 8%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 8%
  • Low mood disorder 7%
  • Abdominal pain (cramping) 7%
  • Vaginal discharge 7%
  • Abdominal bloating 7%
  • Worry 4%
  • Irritability 4%
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How it works
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Prometrium (Progesterone) contains progesterone, a hormone that regulates the menstrual cycle and protects the uterus from the negative effects of estrogen when used for postmenopausal treatment.Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) contains medroxyprogesterone, a progesterone hormone that works to balance hormone changes in the body. In premenopausal women, it prevents thickening of the uterus lining and regulates your menstrual cycle. It's also added to hormone therapy to protect the uterus from the harmful effects of estrogen.
Type of medication
PrometriumProvera
ProgestinPrescription only
Hormone replacement
Progestin
Prescription only
Available as
PrometriumProvera
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Amenorrhea
  • Amenorrhea
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Family history of ovarian cancer
  • Personal or family history of blood clots
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Allergy to peanuts
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney problems
  • Obesity
  • History of depression
Detailed Prometrium (Progesterone) risks & warnings »
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Family history of ovarian cancer
  • Personal or family history of blood clots
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • History of depression
  • History of liver problems
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
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BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

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Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
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Sleep
  • Prometrium (Progesterone) capsules can make you feel tired or dizzy, so take it just before you go to sleep every night.
  • Can cause cramps, bloating, trouble sleeping, acne, weight gain, facial skin discoloration, or irregular periods.
No specific sleep-related info.
Weight
  • Can cause cramps, bloating, trouble sleeping, acne, weight gain, facial skin discoloration, or irregular periods.
  • Can cause headache, weight gain, breast tenderness, or changes in mood.
Upsides and benefits
PrometriumProvera
  • Helps to regulate your menstrual cycle.
  • Relives pain from endometriosis.
  • Lowers the risk of uterine cancer when used with estrogen in women with an intact uterus.
  • Available as a capsule or an injection, so you can choose what works best for you.
  • Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) can be used to treat multiple hormone problems in women.
  • After menopause, taking estrogen raises your risk of uterine cancer. However, taking progesterone, like in Provera (Medroxyprogesterone), along with estrogen gives you the positive effects of estrogen, but also prevents it from damaging your uterus.
  • Women taking an estrogen/progestin combination medications have a lower risk of uterine cancer.
Downsides and risks
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  • Prometrium (Progesterone) capsules contain peanut oil, so you can't take it if you're allergic to peanuts.
  • Prometrium (Progesterone) can cause serious birth defects in babies, so you can't take Prometrium (Progesterone) if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Increases your risk of blood clots.
  • You can't take Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) if you've had a hysterectomy (your uterus removed). You also can't take it if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, have unusual vaginal bleeding, or have a history of blood clots, certain kinds of cancer, stroke, heart attack, liver problems, or bleeding problems.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • The dose of Prometrium (Progesterone) will be different depending on what you’re using it for, so take it exactly the way your doctor tells you.
  • It's important to take it the same time every day.
  • Prometrium (Progesterone) capsules can make you feel tired or dizzy, so take it just before you go to sleep every night.
  • If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, take it with a full glass of water while standing up.
  • Can cause cramps, bloating, trouble sleeping, acne, weight gain, facial skin discoloration, or irregular periods.
  • Tell your doctor about any severe stomach pain or yellowing of your eyes or skin.
  • Get immediate medical help if you have sudden vision changes or one-sided weakness (signs of stroke) or chest pain and trouble breathing (signs of a pulmonary embolism).
  • The dose of Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) will be different depending on what you’re using it for, so take it exactly the way your doctor tells you.
  • Talk to your doctor every few months about using the lowest possible dose of Provera (Medroxyprogesterone). Since there can be a lot of long-term side effects, take it only as long as you need it.
  • Can cause headache, weight gain, breast tenderness, or changes in mood.
  • If you're taking Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) to regulate your period, you'll get withdrawal bleeding 3 to 7 days after stopping Provera (Medroxyprogesterone).
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