MEDROXYPROGESTERONE (me DROX ee proe JES te rone) is a hormone in a class called progestins. It is commonly used to prevent the uterine lining from overgrowth in women taking an estrogen after menopause. It is also used to treat irregular menstrual bleeding or a lack of menstrual bleeding in women.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 13 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
breast tenderness or discharge
changes in mood or emotions, such as depression
changes in vision or speech
pain in the abdomen, chest, groin, or leg
skin rash, itching, or hives
sudden shortness of breath
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of skin or eyes
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in menstrual bleeding pattern or flow
changes in sexual desire
facial hair growth
fluid retention and swelling
weight gain or loss
barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures (convulsions)
St. John's Wort
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
blood vessel disease or a history of a blood clot in the lungs or legs
breast, cervical or vaginal cancer
recent miscarriage or abortion
vaginal bleeding that has not been evaluated
an unusual or allergic reaction to medroxyprogesterone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam.
If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop taking this medicine at once and contact your doctor or health care professional.