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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (e.g., depression), changes in sexual interest/ability, swelling of the ankles/feet, unusual/sudden weight gain, bone pain, unusual breast discharge/lumps in breast, abnormal severe/persistent vaginal bleeding, persistent nausea/vomiting, seizures, severe stomach/abdominal/pelvic pain, unusual weakness/tiredness, dark urine, yellowing skin/eyes.
This drug may rarely cause blood clots. Get medical help right away if you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects: chest/jaw/left arm pain, sudden shortness of breath, confusion, coughing up blood, sudden dizziness/fainting, pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs, sudden/severe headache, slurred speech, vision changes/problems, weakness on one side of the body.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
PRECAUTIONS: Before using medroxyprogesterone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have any of the following conditions: history of stroke or other blood clots (e.g., in the legs, eyes, lungs), breast cancer, liver disease, current/suspected pregnancy, abnormal/unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma, abnormal breast exam, family history of breast cancer, cancer of the reproductive organs (e.g., cervix, uterus), frequent use of alcohol/tobacco, depression, diabetes, eating disorder (anorexia), heart disease (e.g., chest pain, heart failure), high blood pressure, kidney disease, high cholesterol, irregular/missed/light menstrual periods, migraine, personal/family history of bone disease (e.g., osteoporosis), seizures.
Before having surgery, including dental surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.
This medication must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. It may take longer for you to get pregnant after you stop using this medication. Consult your doctor for more information.
This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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