medroxyprogesterone acetate (anticancer agent) - injection, Depo-Provera (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using medroxyprogesterone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.This medication is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given once a week or as directed by your doctor.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. When the medication is working and your condition stops getting worse, your doctor may direct you to have your injections less often, such as once a month.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder. Keep all your medical appointments. Tell your doctor if your condition worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, stomach cramping/bloating, dizziness, headache, tiredness, breast tenderness, decrease in breast size, acne, hair loss, weight gain, change in vaginal discharge, or irritation/pain at injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Women using this medication may have irregular menstrual periods or heavier or lighter flow. You may also have some spotting between periods. Your periods may stop completely after you have been receiving this medication for about a year. If this occurs, your periods will normally return after you stop receiving this medication.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 (such as depression), swelling of the ankles/feet, bone pain, unusual breast discharge, lump in breast, abnormal severe/persistent vaginal bleeding, seizures, persistent nausea/vomiting, 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, coughing up blood, sudden dizziness/fainting, pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs, confusion, sudden/severe headache, slurred speech, vision changes/problems (such as double vision, partial or complete vision loss, bulging eyes), 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.
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