What Is Medroxyprogesterone Intramuscular Injection?
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.
Medroxyprogesterone intramuscular injection comes as a liquid that is injected into a muscle (intramuscular, or IM, injection). It is different from depo-subQ Provera 104
™ (medroxyprogesterone subcutaneous injection
), a medication that also contains medroxyprogesterone but is injected under the skin rather than into a muscle.
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.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of medroxyprogesterone intramuscular injection include but are not limited to:
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Absence of menstruation
- Weight gain