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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE (CONTRACEPTIVE) - SUBCUTANEOUS
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Depo-SubQ Provera
WARNING: This medication may cause serious bone loss. The risk of bone loss increases with longer use of this medication. This bone loss may be permanent even after you stop using medroxyprogesterone injection. This medication should not be used for longer than 2 years unless other birth control methods do not provide adequate protection.
The years of adolescence and early adulthood are important for your body to build healthy bones. Use of this medication may reduce bone mass and may increase the risk of broken bones when you are older. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of this medication and other birth control choices. Keep all your appointments so your doctor can regularly test your bone density while you are using this medication. Be sure to get enough vitamin D and calcium in your diet. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to determine if you need calcium/vitamin D supplements to help keep your bones healthy.
Use of this medication does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., HIV, hepatitis B, gonorrhea). Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
USES: This medication is used to prevent pregnancy. It provides birth control by stopping the body from making certain hormones, preventing the growth and release of a mature egg (ovulation), and changing the womb to make it more difficult for the fertilized egg to attach to the wall of the womb.
Medroxyprogesterone is also used for the treatment of endometriosis. It works by lowering the amount of certain hormones in the body and decreasing the growth of abnormal tissues that causes endometriosis, thereby reducing pain.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill.
This medication is given by injection under the skin once every 3 months. Before starting this medication, you must have a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. Follow your doctor's instructions for the safe use of this medication.
If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
Give your first injection within the first 5 days after starting a menstrual period or 6 weeks after delivery of your baby if you are breast-feeding. Follow your doctor's exact instructions if you are switching from another birth control method. Repeat the same dose every 12 to 14 weeks. It is important that you get your injection at the scheduled time for this medication to work best and help prevent you from getting pregnant. Be sure the medication is at room temperature before use. Shake the syringe well for at least 1 minute to mix the medication.
Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. It is important to change the location of the injection site to avoid problem areas under the skin.
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