medroxyprogesterone-acetate
(Depo-Provera)

This medicine is a progestin hormone used to prevent pregnancy. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is a progestin hormone used to prevent pregnancy. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. This medicine does not stop the spread of HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Use barrier methods of birth control (eg, condoms) if you have HIV infection or an STD. Do not share needles, injection supplies, or items like toothbrushes or razors. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. You should have a physical examination regularly as directed by your doctor while you are using this medicine. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY AFFECT CERTAIN LAB TEST RESULTS. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. This medicine may take time to wear off after your last dose. You may not be able to become pregnant for several months after stopping this medicine. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. This medicine may cause dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, or vision changes. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE dark skin patches on your face. Exposure to the sun may make these patches darker. If patches develop, use a sunscreen or protective clothing when exposed to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE A DECREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF CALCIUM in your bones and make your bones weaker. This effect is of most concern during adolescence (teenage years) and early adulthood. If you need to use this medicine as a long-term birth control method (more than 2 years), your health care provider may test you for weak bones. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR to see whether you should take a calcium and vitamin D supplement while you use this medicine. YOU MAY SKIP A MENSTRUAL PERIOD or your menstrual periods may stop while you use this medicine. If you have been receiving this medicine regularly every 3 months, you are probably not pregnant. However, if you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are pregnant. IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE PREGNANT, contact your doctor immediately. THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. DIABETES PATIENTS: This medicine may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar level closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
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