Medroxyprogesterone depot is used to prevent pregnancy. It may also be used to treat endometriosis and some cancers.
Medroxyprogesterone depot is given as an injection into a muscle by your health professional.
To prevent pregnancy, medroxyprogesterone depot is usually given every 12 weeks.
You can start at any time in your cycle. If you start within 5 days of the first day of your period, you are protected from pregnancy straight away. If you start more than 5 days after the first day of your period, you will need to use condoms (or don’t have sex) for the next 7 days.
If you miss an appointment for your injection, contact your health professional as soon as possible.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Changes in periods
|Irregular bleeding is common in the first 3-6 months. This is not harmful and usually improves with time. After this, some women will not have any periods at all.|
Mood changes, headache
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. June 2018
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