Medroxyprogesterone

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: US

Depo-Provera; Depo-SubQ Provera 104; Provera

Brand Names: Canada

Alti-MPA; Apo-Medroxy; Depo-Prevera; Depo-Provera; Dom-Medroxyprogesterone; Gen-Medroxy; Medroxy; Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Injectable Suspension USP; Novo-Medrone; PMS-Medroxyprogesterone; Provera; Provera-Pak; Teva-Medroxyprogesterone

Warning

  • Using this drug for birth control or pain caused by endometriosis may cause bone loss. Bone loss is greater the longer the drug is used. It is not known what the effects will be on bones when used in teenaged and young adult women.

If your child is or may be sexually active:

  • Do not use this drug for birth control for a long time unless other options will not work.
  • This drug does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood or having sex. Do not have any kind of sex without using a latex or polyurethane condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors. Talk with your doctor.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to prevent pregnancy.
  • It is used to treat pain caused by endometriosis.
  • It is used to treat uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance.
  • It is used to treat females who do not have a monthly period cycle.
  • It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has had any of these health problems: Bleeding disorder; blood clots or risk of having a blood clot; breast cancer; cancer of the uterus, ovary, cervix, or vagina; liver disease; heart attack; stroke; tumor where estrogen or progesterone make it grow; or vaginal bleeding where the cause is not known.

If your child is pregnant:

  • Do not give this drug to your child if she is pregnant.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • If your child has high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch his/her blood sugar closely.
  • Have your child’s blood pressure checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Your child may need to have a bone density test. Talk with the doctor.
  • Give calcium and vitamin D as you were told by your child’s doctor.
  • Be sure that your child has regular breast exams and gynecology check-ups. The doctor will tell you how often your child needs to have these. Your child will also need to do breast self-exams as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.
  • This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure the doctor and lab workers know your child takes this drug.

If your child is breast-feeding a baby:

  • Tell the doctor if your child is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about any risks to the baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred eyesight.
  • Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Bulging eyes.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Change in how contact lenses feel in the eyes.
  • A lump in the breast, breast soreness, or nipple discharge.
  • Breast pain.
  • Vaginal itching or discharge.
  • Vaginal bleeding that is not normal.
  • Low mood (depression).
  • Mood changes.
  • Memory problems or loss.
  • Swelling in hands or feet.
  • Seizures.

Shot:

  • Very bad irritation where the shot was given.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

All products:

  • Weight gain.
  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Cramps.
  • Bloating.
  • Pimples (acne).
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Enlarged breasts.
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting.
  • Belly pain.
  • Leg cramps.
  • Swelling.
  • This drug may cause dark patches of skin on your child’s face. Avoid lots of sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and dress your child in clothing and eyewear that protects him/her from the sun.

If your child is or may be sexually active:

  • Lowered interest in sex.

Shot:

  • Pain where the shot was given.

If your child has menstrual periods:

  • Period (menstrual) changes. These include lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.
  • Period (menstrual) changes. Periods become less often or stop.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Tablet:

  • Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Give this drug at the same time of day.

Shot (if given in the muscle):

  • It is given as a shot into a muscle.

Shot (if given under the skin):

  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

Tablet:

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Shot:

  • Call the doctor to find out what to do.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Tablet:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

Shot:

  • Most of the time, this drug will be given in a hospital or doctor’s office. If stored at home, follow how to store as you were told by the doctor.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2015-05-28

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