estradiol-medroxyprogesterone (generic name)

It is a birth-control method to prevent an unwanted pregnancy
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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam and Pap smear while on this medicine.

Smoking increases the risk of getting a blood clot or having a stroke while you are taking hormonal birth control, especially if you are more than 35 years old. You are strongly advised not to smoke.

Use of this product may cause you to lose calcium from your bones. Loss of calcium may cause weak bones (osteoporosis). Only use this product for more than 2 years if other forms of birth control are not right for you. Ask your health care professional how you can keep strong bones.

If you have received your injections on time, your chance of being pregnant is very low. If you think you may be pregnant, see your health care professional as soon as possible.

Tell your health care professional if you want to get pregnant within the next year. Another form of birth control may be a better choice.

If you are going to have elective surgery, you may need to stop taking this medicine before the surgery. Consult your health care professional for advice.

This medicine does not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breast tissue changes or discharge
  • changes in vision
  • chest pain
  • confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • dark urine
  • general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
  • light-colored stools
  • nausea, vomiting
  • pain, swelling, warmth in the leg
  • right upper belly pain
  • severe headaches
  • shortness of breath
  • sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
  • trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • unusual vaginal bleeding
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • back pain
  • breast tenderness
  • depressed mood or mood swings
  • hair loss
  • increased hunger or thirst
  • increased urination
  • fluid retention and swelling
  • stomach cramps or bloating
  • symptoms of vaginal infection like itching, irritation or unusual discharge
  • unusually weak or tired

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated: December 03, 2009
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