Medroxyprogesterone is a hormone in the body. This is an active ingredient that can help regulate other hormones in the body. This drug works in different ways, depending on why the doctor has prescribed it. This component plays the role of a contraceptive drug, a progestin and a synthetic oral contraceptive.
Class of Drugs – Progestins
Molecular Formula – C22H32O3
Molecular Weight – 344.5 g/mol
Working: Given an active component belongs to a group of drugs called progestins. Medroxyprogesterone is a form of progesterone, a hormone the body produces. This can help regulate other hormones in the body and works in different ways. It is used in the testament of kidney or endometrial cancer: Estrogen is a hormone that helps cancer cells grow. It also decreases the amount of estrogen in the body. It prevents the body from releasing other hormones that it needs to ovulate and for other reproductive processes. This action helps prevent pregnancy.
Also, this drug works by reducing the amount of estrogen in the body. The drug decreases pain, and may also help heal the lesions caused by endometriosis.
Uses: This mentioned medication is a type of female hormone and is similar to the progesterone that the body naturally makes and is given to replace the hormone when the body is not making enough of it. Medroxyprogesterone has several uses. In women who are not pregnant and not going through menopause, this drug is approved to treat abnormal bleeding from the uterus and to restore normal menstrual periods in women who have stopped having them for several months.
This medication is also indicated as part of combination hormone replacement therapy with estrogens to reduce menopause symptoms.
Popular Brands and Dosages: It is used as the main active component in a popular brand medicine as mentioned below:
- Provera: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg
This medicine should not be used to detect pregnancy. It shall not be used in breastfeeding mothers.