Depo-Proveraand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Medroxyprogesterone Acetate
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Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
No generic is available for Depo-Provera 150mg/mL.
- Manufactured by Pfizer
- Product of India • Shipped from India
- Prescription Required
No generic is available for Depo-Provera 150mg/mL.
Depo-Provera Drug Information
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Depo-Provera Drug Information
Depo-Provera is used to prevent pregnancy. Medroxyprogesterone is like a natural hormone made by the body. It works mainly by preventing the growth and release of an egg (ovulation) during your menstrual cycle. It also makes vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg (fertilization) and changes the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. Medroxyprogesterone is also used to treat endometriosis. It works by lowering the amount of certain hormones in the body and decreasing the growth of abnormal tissues that cause endometriosis. This helps reduce pain and other symptoms. Using Depo-Provera does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia).
Depo-Provera may cause serious bone loss which may not return to normal after you stop using it. The risk of bone loss increases with longer use of Depo-Provera. Depo-Provera should not be used for longer than 2 years unless other birth control methods will not work for you. An important time when your bones continue to build up is during your teenage and young adult years. Use of Depo-Provera may increase the risk of weak/brittle bones (osteoporosis), which can lead to broken bones when you are older. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of Depo-Provera and other birth control choices. Do not use Depo-Provera if you smoke cigarettes/use tobacco and are over 35 years old. Smoking raises your risk of stroke, heart attack, blood clots, and high blood pressure from hormonal birth control (such as the pill, patch, ring). The risk of these serious problems increases with age and with the number of cigarettes you smoke. Do not smoke or use tobacco.
How to Use Depo-Provera
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using Depo-Provera and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Depo-Provera is given by injection into a muscle (upper arm or buttock) as directed by your doctor, usually once every 3 months. To make sure you are not pregnant, the first injection is usually given during the first 5 days of your menstrual period. If you have just given birth or had a pregnancy loss or abortion after the first 3 months of pregnancy, talk with your doctor about the best time to start using this form of birth control. If you are using Depo-Provera at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check Depo-Provera visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely. It is very important that you use Depo-Provera regularly to get the most benefit from it. If more than 13 weeks pass between injections, you could become pregnant. Use a form of non-hormonal birth control (such as condoms, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy until you can get the next injection. Your doctor may direct you to first have a pregnancy test before your next injection.
Before using medroxyprogesterone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Depo-Provera may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Depo-Provera, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,blood clots (for example, in the legs, eyes, lungs), unexplained vaginal bleeding, asthma, abnormal breast exam, personal or family history of cancer (especially breast or cervical cancer), daily use of alcohol/tobacco, depression, diabetes, eating disorder (anorexia), heart problems (such as heart failure, irregular heartbeat, previous heart attack), high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease (including tumors), high cholesterol or triglyceride (blood fat) levels, migraine, seizures, stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack), personal/family history of bone disease (such as osteoporosis). Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). It may take longer for you to become pregnant after you stop using Depo-Provera. Consult your doctor. Depo-Provera must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. Depo-Provera passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of Depo-Provera as directed. If you miss a dose of Depo-Provera, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some drugs may cause hormonal birth control to work less well by decreasing the amount of birth control hormones in your body. This effect can result in pregnancy. Examples include griseofulvin, modafinil, rifamycins (such as rifampin, rifabutin), St. John's wort, drugs used to treat seizures (such as barbiturates, carbamazepine, felbamate, phenytoin, primidone, topiramate), HIV drugs (such as nelfinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir), among others. Tell your doctor when you start any new drug, and discuss if you should use additional reliable birth control. Also tell your doctor if you have any new spotting or breakthrough bleeding, because these may be signs that your birth control is not working well. Depo-Provera may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including certain hormone levels, blood tests for clotting factors, thyroid/liver function tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you are using Depo-Provera.
Depo-Provera Side Effects
What are Depo-Provera side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Depo-Provera may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Depo-Provera as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Depo-Provera
The side effects of Depo-Provera may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Depo-Provera. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Depo-Provera may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Depo-Provera, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Depo-Provera.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Depo-Provera, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Depo-Provera and the side effects associated with Depo-Provera are described in the following:
Common Depo-Provera Side Effects
- abnormal vaginal bleeding
- libido changes
- menstrual disorder
- injection site sequelae
- general weakness
- weight gain
- headache disorder
- Acute Abdominal Pain
Less Frequent Depo-Provera Side Effects
- acne vulgaris
- cramps in legs
- skin rash
- abdominal distension
- appetite changes
- vaginal discharge
Rare or Very Rare Depo-Provera Side Effects
- galactorrhea not associated with childbirth
- thromboembolic disorder
- neoplasm of breast
- pulmonary thromboembolism
- retinal thrombosis
- disease of liver
- seizure disorder
- obstructive hyperbilirubinemia
- Erythema Multiforme
- erythema nodosum
- Facial Palsy
- carcinoma of cervix
- deep venous thrombosis
- rectal bleeding
- endometrial hyperplasia
- dry skin
- body fluid retention
- Erosion of Cervix
- Induration of Skin
- pruritus of skin
- abnormal glucose tolerance
- body odor
- lactation deficiency
- Increased Libido
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Depo-Provera when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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