Depo-Provera (Injection)


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Depo-Provera (Injection) Drug and Prescription Information

Depo-Provera (Injection)

Depo-Provera (Injection) Medication Classification

MEDROXYPROGESTERONE (Injection)

Depo-Provera (Injection) Brandname

Depo-Provera Contraceptive, Depo-Provera

Depo-Provera (Injection) is used for the Treatment

Medroxyprogesterone (me-DROKS-ee-proe-JES-te-rone) Used to prevent pregnancy. This medicine is a contraceptive (birth control).

When To Not Use Depo-Provera (Injection)

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to medroxyprogesterone. You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant, or if you have had blood clots, liver disease, vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by a doctor, or cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovary.

How Should You Use Depo-Provera (Injection)

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle in your upper arm or buttocks.
  • You will need receive this medicine every 3 months (13 weeks). Be sure to keep all appointments with your doctor to receive your injections.
  • If you plan to start this medicine after having a baby, you should receive your first shot within 5 days after your baby is born. If you plan to breastfeed your new baby, you must wait 6 weeks to receive your first shot.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • You must have this shot every 13 weeks t

Proper Depo-Provera (Injection) Storage

Store Depo-Provera (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Depo-Provera (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Depo-Provera (Injection)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking aminoglutethimide (Cytadren®).

Depo-Provera (Injection) Warnings

  • Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, epilepsy, migraine headaches, kidney disease, high cholesterol, or blood clots.
  • If you have recently given birth and are breastfeeding, you might need to wait at least 6 weeks from the day your baby was born before you can receive this medicine.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. The medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
  • Taking large doses of this medicine over long periods of time may increase your risk of some kinds of cancer. Talk to your doctor about this risk.
  • This medicine may decrease bone density, which can lead to osteoporosis (thin or weak bones). Talk with your doctor about taking calcium supplements and getting enough calcium in your diet.
  • If you plan to have children later after you have received this medicine, it may take up to year or longer before you will be able to become pregnant.

Depo-Provera (Injection) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, pain in your chest or leg (calf)
  • Severe headache or vomiting, dizziness, slurred speech
  • Shortness of breath, coughing up blood
  • Sudden change in your vision
  • Severe stomach pain, especially on one side
  • Vaginal bleeding that lasts a long time
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Acne or changes in hair growth
  • Breast tenderness
  • Missed or irregular menstrual periods
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
  • Tired feeling or depressed mood , weight changes

Depo-Provera (Injection) Ratings

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Effectiveness:

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Ease of Use:

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Depo-Provera (Injection)
3.5

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: ***

Overall Satisfaction: ***

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NaugthyBoy, NaugthyBoy - 01/13/2014

I love it when I see that I have a comment from you. I ayalws enjoy your kind words of encouragement!I am not hosting my Monday link-up any longer. It became a source of stress for me and I thought well this is just silly to keep doing it for the sake of just doing it! lol

Depo-Provera (Injection)
3.5

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *

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Rachel, Farmington, NY - 03/26/2013

I just had my second child and started depo after I had him. I am due for my next dose, but I don't want to deal with the problems I've been having since starting it. My right arm and leg are both numb and tingling, the weight gain, depression got worse, my blood pressure was higher than normal, I have been getting dizzy while at work, and the headaches (worst of my life). I don't want any more kids and not sure what to do for birth control.

Depo-Provera (Injection)
4.5

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: ****

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Stacey Willis, New Orleans, LA - 04/22/2011

The depo provera shot is easy to get as a perscription, but you need medical insurance, because it is costly without it.

Depo-Provera (Injection)
3.5

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: ***

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Unknown, Brooklyn, NY - 02/18/2009

I have had interesting timing with my periods as of late. They were only coming about once every four months, and they would then stay on for as long as a week. It got to the point where I needed to go to the doctor. That's when I went on Provera. It has been effective, but there is a side effective, which is drastic mood swings. I'm angry and sad a lot more than I ever had been in the past.

Depo-Provera (Injection)
3.0

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *

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Billy Bob, Lake Geneva, WI - 06/18/2010

I was prescribed provera after missing my period for over a year and have continually experienced several side effects. I was unable to eat due to constantly having an upset stomach after taking it, and my arms and chest broke out in a horrible rash.

I was told that if I took the drug it would jump start my cycle and I should take it every month or it won’t help. Well after I started taking it I got my period for ten days and then I stopped for a week and then again I had it for another five days. This routine continued with other months having it for a couple days and stopping for a couple until I finally gave up and stopped taking it altogether. I refuse to subject myself to this any longer and would rather not have cycle then deal with all these irregularities not to mention the horrible side effects.

Depo-Provera (Injection)
4.0

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: **

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Sally, Raleigh, NC - 06/21/2008

When I first began taking the Depo-Provera shot I thought it was the best birth control available. The month following my first injection was great; I had no menstruation, and no side effects. In the second month following the injection I began to experience a high volume of spotting. The heavy spotting continued everyday for two months. This side effect prevented me from engaging in sexual activity comfortably even though I was protected from pregnancy. In addition to the spotting I also experienced a loss of energy and diminished sex drive. I spoke with my doctor about these side effects and was informed it just takes time for my body to adjust to the medication. I then went ahead with my second injection. Unfortunately I experienced the same side effects following the second shot as I did the first shot. I also gained thirty pounds while using this medication and was unable to lose the weight even when working out five times a week. I also changed my diet in hopes of losing the weight however this too was ineffective. I did go through with my third injection but with no changes, that was the last injection I took. I started with Nuvaring today and I hope my results are better. It is true that every woman's body is different and will react differently to these medications. It is my hope that this review will help enlighten others going through the ordeal I went through.

Depo-Provera (Injection)
4.0

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: **

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Skip, Tulsa, OK - 02/12/2009

There are advantages to taking this medication, but weight gain was a very serious negative for me. What made this situation so strange was that I was taking it for many years and didn't have a problem at all. But eventually, my weight began to go up at an alarming rate. I gained over 65 pounds in 6 months. I knew this was extremely dangerous because weight gain like that can lead to heart disease other dangerous health conditions. That's why I decided to stop taking Depo. I'm not sure if I'm better off now or not. I guess it depends on how you look at the situation.