medroxyprogesterone acetate (contraceptive) - intramuscular, Depo-Provera
GENERIC NAME: MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE (CONTRACEPTIVE) - INTRAMUSCULAR (meh-DROX-ee-pro-JESS-tur-own A-seh-tate)
BRAND NAME(S): Depo-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 will not work for you. The years of adolescence and early adulthood are important for your body to build healthy bones. Use of this medication 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 medical/lab appointments. Your doctor may 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 whether 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.
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