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Medroxyprogesterone and Menopause

As a prescription hormone medication, medroxyprogesterone (Provera®, Depo-Provera®, depo-subQ Provera 104®) has a number of potential uses. For example, medroxyprogesterone is often used in postmenopausal women who are taking estrogen as part of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The combination of estrogen plus medroxyprogesterone may be used on a short-term basis for intolerable symptoms of menopause.
However, it is recommended that hormone therapy be used for the shortest time possible due to the potential for serious side effects with long-term use, such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, and blood clots.
(Click What Is Medroxyprogesterone Used For? to read more about this drug's uses in menopausal and postmenopausal women, including its use as a contraceptive.)
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