Basic Information On Depo-Provera
Depo-Provera is used as a contraceptive by women. It is available in the form of an injection and is administered at every 13-week intervals. This drug works by hindering follicular development, which then prevents ovulation. It also may inhibit sperm penetration by changing the structure of cervical mucus. The use of the Depo-Provera drug lessens the risk of endometrial cancer by 80%. It also decreases the risk of uterine fibroids, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease and iron deficiency. It reduces instances of functional ovarian cysts, ovulation pain and primary dysmenorrhea. Depo-Provera injections have been found 99% effective. Thus, these injections are one of the most dependable methods of contraception. This contraceptive should not be used by pregnant women.
Precautions/Side Effects For Depo-Provera
Depo-Provera drug contains Medroxyprogesterone acetate, which is a derivative of progesterone. Depo-Provera is known to cause significant reduction in bone mass. You should tell your doctor beforehand, if you have family history of breast cancer or have an abnormal mammogram. Similar precaution should be taken if you have fibrocystic breast disease. Besides, brand or generic Depo-Provera should not be used if you are pregnant or are experiencing vaginal bleeding without a known cause. It should also not be used if you have breast cancer or have suffered a stroke.
People with liver disease should also not use brand or generic Depo-Provera. The drug decreases the calcium content of bones. Prolonged use of the drug increases the danger of bone weakening. It may also cause irregular menstrual bleeding. It may result in unpredictable or irregular spotting or bleeding. You may experience weight gain while using Medroxyprogesterone. Its other side effects include headache, bloating, depression, insomnia and joint pain. The drug has been found safe for nursing mothers, although it can be passed through the breast milk to the nursing infant.
The recommended dosage for Depo-Provera is 150 mg, every 3 months or 13 weeks. The drug is available in a Vial form or in a pre-filled syringe form. Pre-filled syringes come with 22-gauge and SafetyGlide needles. Its packages range from single pack of 1 ml vial to a pack of 25 1 ml vials. For pre-filled syringes, the packages are available for 1 syringe, 6 syringes and 24 syringes. The drug should be stored at a controlled room temperature of 68 degree to 77 degree Fahrenheit.
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