Depo-Provera; Depo-SubQ Provera 104; Provera
- 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.
- 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.
- If your child has been given this drug for some other reason, talk with the doctor about the benefits and risks. Talk with the doctor if you have questions or concerns about giving this drug to your child.
- 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.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Blood clots have happened with this drug. Tell the doctor if your child has ever had a blood clot.
- If your child has high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch his/her blood sugar closely.
- 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.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the 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. Tell all of your child’s health care providers and lab workers that 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.
All injection products:
- If your child will be trying to get pregnant, it may take some time after the last dose of this drug to get pregnant. Talk with the doctor.
- 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, swallowing, 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.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, 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.
- Sudden change or loss of 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.
- Very bad irritation where the shot was given.
- Weight gain.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Pimples (acne).
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Enlarged breasts.
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting.
- Belly pain.
- Leg cramps.
- Not able to sleep.
- 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:
- Change in sex interest.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
If your child has menstrual periods:
- Period (menstrual) changes. Periods become less often or stop.
- 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.
Injection (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.
- 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.
- Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- 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.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- 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, nurse, 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.