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Medroxyprogesterone - Intramuscular/Subcutaneous - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Medroxyprogesterone is a used to prevent pregnancy.

This medicine may also be used in the management of pain associated with endometriosis (a disease in which tissues that lines the uterus grows outside of it).

This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Medroxyprogesterone is to be given intramuscularly (into the muscle) or subcutaneously (into the fatty layer under the skin). Your doctor or nurse will administer this medicine for you.

This medicine must be administered on a regular interval for it to be effective. Do not stop treatment unless instructed by your doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses. Your doctor also needs to regularly monitor your response to Medroxyprogesterone.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • blood clot disorder e.g. formation of blood clots in your legs or lungs
  • recent heart attack- recent stroke
  • liver disease or history of liver disease
  • known, suspected or a history of breast cancer
  • unexplained or unusual vaginal bleeding
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Medroxyprogesterone if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Medroxyprogesterone may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking this medicine.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • epilepsy (fits or seizures)
  • asthma
  • migraine headaches
  • severe pain or swelling in the calf
  • heart disease or risk factors for heart disease e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking, history of blood clot disorder
  • kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • history of depression
  • eye problems
Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding.

If you are going for any laboratory tests, inform your doctor that you are being treated with Medroxyprogesterone as it can interfere with certain tests.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. Your doctor may need to do routine tests while you are being treated with this medicine.

What side effects could I experience?

Medroxyprogesterone may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Medroxyprogesterone may cause any of the following side effects: headache, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, acne, hair loss, itching, rash, tiredness, increased weight, breast pain, breast tenderness, decreased sex drive, absence of menstruation, change in menstrual flow, and vaginal bleeding between periods, and pain at the injection site.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • sudden partial or complete vision loss
  • yellowing of skin or eyes
  • pain and swelling in your arms and legs
  • shortness of breath and chest pain
  • severe headache
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for Parkinson’s disease (disorder that affects movement of a person, causing symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, slowed movement and impaired balance or walking) e.g. selegiline
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin, aminoglutethimide
  • medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
  • medicines for tuberculosis or TB e.g. rifampicin, rifabutin
  • herbal medicines e.g. St John’s wort
  • medicines for HIV infection e.g. ritonavir, nelfinavir, nevirapine, efavirenz
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Medroxyprogesterone.

Always notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Medroxyprogesterone - Intramuscular/Subcutaneous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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