Compare Provera vs. Elestrin

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Provera
(Medroxyprogesterone)

Elestrin
(Estradiol Gel)

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.Relieves hot flashes due to menopause. Elestrin (Estradiol Gel) is easy to use, absorbs well into your skin, and is a good option if you don’t want to use estrogen pills or patches.
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Side effects
ProveraElestrin

We haven’t found good data for Provera side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Provera »
  • Metrorrhagia 7%
  • Breast tenderness 4%
  • Common cold 3%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 2%
More Elestrin side effects »
How it works
ProveraElestrin
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.Elestrin (Estradiol Gel) replaces estrogen hormones in your vagina that your body loses during menopause. Estrogen helps relieve symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal problems.
Type of medication
ProveraElestrin
Hormone replacement
Progestin
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Estrogen derivative
Prescription only
Available as
ProveraElestrin
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
ProveraElestrin
  • Amenorrhea
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
Risk factors for serious side effects
ProveraElestrin
  • 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 »
  • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Duration of use
  • Personal or family history of blood clots
  • Obesity
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • High cholesterol
  • Age 50 or older
  • Women of childbearing age
    Detailed Elestrin (Estradiol Gel) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    ProveraElestrin
    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    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
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    • Can cause headache, weight gain, breast tenderness, or changes in mood.
    No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    ProveraElestrin
    • 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.
    • Elestrin (Estradiol Gel) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen (hot flashes, vaginal dryness).
    • Good for people who don't want to take daily pills.
    • The pre-measured packets are easy to use and can be taken anywhere.
    • Fewer side effects than pills since there are lower amounts of estrogen in topical gels.
    • In studies, when people used low doses of Elestrin (Estradiol Gel), their symptoms started to improve in 5 weeks and they felt continued improvement over 8 to 12 weeks. People using the highest doses of Elestrin (Estradiol Gel) felt better in just 2 weeks.
    • Elestrin (Estradiol Gel) is available in 3 strengths.
    • Very few women (less than 1%) had skin irritation from the medicine.
    • Can lower your risk of fractures by keeping your bones healthy. Make sure you also get enough calcium and Vitamin D.
    • Improves mood, energy, and mental alertness for some people.
    Downsides and risks
    ProveraElestrin
    • 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.
    • Increases your risk of endometrial and breast cancer.
    • If you have your uterus, you have to use Elestrin (Estradiol Gel) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine cancer.
    • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
    • Can't be used in people with liver problems.
    • It's possible to expose other people to the estrogen before it's absorbed by your skin.
    • Can be expensive since it's only available as a brand name product.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ProveraElestrin
    • 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).
    • Apply to your upper arm and shoulder area after a bath or shower.
    • Don't put it on your face, breasts, vagina, or irritated skin.
    • Don't rub it in. Let the gel dry before dressing, and don't get the application site wet for at least 2 hours.
    • Wash your hands well after applying the gel.
    • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.
    • Tell your doctor about any unusual vaginal bleeding.
    • Get emergency care if you notice unexplained swelling and pain in your limbs, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe headache, or changes in vision.
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