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Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Chemical Name: MEDROXYPROGESTERONE (me-DROX-ee-proe-JESS-te-rone)

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

Before using
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking rifampin. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a history of cancer, liver conditions, blood clots, or pulmonary embolism. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. This medicine is given every 3 months (13 weeks). It is very important that you return to your doctor's office for your next injection promptly at the end of the 3 month interval. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

YOU MAY EXPERIENCE absence of menstrual periods while using this medicine. If you experience irregular menstrual periods, contact your doctor. 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. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. 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. IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, 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.

Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include changes in menstrual flow, breakthrough bleeding, spotting, missed periods, pain, weight gain, headache, stomach pain, dizziness, hot flashes, acne, weakness, or nervousness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience rash, itching, depression, or swelling of fingers or ankles. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience sudden or severe headache; sudden loss of coordination; sudden loss of vision or changes in vision; chest pain; weakness, numbness, or pain in the arms or legs; shortness of breath; or slurred speech. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Additional information
KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. Dispose of properly after use.