Provera Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam.
If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop taking this medicine at once and contact your doctor or health care professional.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
heavier uterine bleeding between regular monthly periods
lighter uterine bleeding between menstrual periods
or stopping of menstrual periods
unexpected or increased flow of breast milk
Incidence not known
decrease in height
pain in back, ribs, arms, or legs
pain or swelling in arms or legs without any injury
shortness of breath
tightness in chest
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Abdominal pain or cramping
pain or irritation at the injection site
swelling of face, ankles, or feet
unusual tiredness or weakness
breast pain or tenderness
brown spots on exposed skin, possibly long-lasting
loss or gain of body, facial, or scalp hair
loss of sexual desire
trouble in sleeping
Not all of the side effects listed above have been reported for each of these medicines, but they have been reported for at least one of them. All of the progestins are similar, so any of the above side effects may occur with any of these medicines.
After you stop using this medicine, your body may need time to adjust. The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. During this period of time, check with your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects:
Delayed return to fertility
stopping of menstrual periods
unusual menstrual bleeding (continuing)
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.