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Available by prescription only, medroxyprogesterone intramuscular injection is approved for preventing pregnancy and relieving the symptoms of endometrial or kidney cancer. It is a synthetic version of the progesterone hormone and is injected into a muscle. Although most people tolerate the drug well, side effects are possible and may include headaches, weight gain, and an absence of menstruation.
What Is Medroxyprogesterone Intramuscular Injection?Medroxyprogesterone intramuscular injection (Depo-Provera®) is a prescription medication that contains medroxyprogesterone, a form of the hormone progesterone. It is approved for the following uses:
- Preventing pregnancy
- Relieving the symptoms of advanced endometrial cancer or kidney cancer.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, medroxyprogesterone intramuscular injection may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Absence of menstruation
- Weight gain