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Medroxyprogesterone

Information

Uses

Medroxyprogesterone is used in abnormal uterine bleeding and amenorrhea (absence of menses)

How it works

Medroxyprogesteone is one of a group of medicines called ‘progestogens’ which act like progesterone, a natural sex hormone. It can slow down the growth of certain tumors which are sensitive to hormones. As a contraceptive, it acts by preventing an egg being from fully developed and released from the ovaries, changes the lining of your womb and thickens the mucus at the entrance of the womb which makes pregnancy less likely to occur.

Common side effects

Nervousness, Headache, Abdominal pain, Abdominal distension, Dizziness, Back pain, Rash, Vaginal discharge, Decreased libido, Pain in extremity, Nausea, Edema, Depression, Acne, Breast tenderness, Hair loss

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Expert advice

  • Swallow each tablet whole. Take your tablets at the same time each day. Treatment may be required for 8 to 10 weeks before any effect can be found.
  • Do not take medroxyprogesterone If you are hypersensitive (allergic) to medroxyprogesterone or other similar hormone  medicines or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
  • Avoid smoking while you are taking this medicine. Smoking greatly increases your risk of blood clots.
  • This medicine can pass into body fluids (including urine, feces, vomit, semen, vaginal fluid). Patients and caregivers should wear rubber gloves while cleaning up body fluids, handling contaminated trash or laundry or changing diapers. Wash hands before and after removing gloves. Wash soiled clothing and linens separately from other laundry.
  • Body fluids should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant. Use condoms during sexual activity to avoid exposure to body fluids.
  • Avoid becoming pregnant while being treated with medroxyprogesterone.

Frequently asked questions

Medroxyprogesterone

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Is medroxyprogesterone a hormone or a bioidentical hormone or a steroid?
Medroxyprogesterone is a synthetic, steroid hormone, similar to but not same as progesterone, so, it is a non-bio-identical hormone.

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Can I take painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol with medroxyprogesterone?
There are no interactions reported when medroxyprogesterone is taken with ibuprofen or paracetamol. However, it does not mean it does not exist. Always consult your doctor before using the two medicines together.

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Does medroxyprogesterone cause ovulation or stops ovulation?
Medroxyprogesterone prevents follicular maturation and stops ovulation.

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Does medroxyprogesterone expire?
Yes, Like any other medicine, medroxyprogesterone also has an expiry date.

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Is medroxyprogesterone a birth control pill?
Yes, medroxyprogesterone is used as a contraceptive, a birth control pill.

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Is medroxyprogesterone a bioidentical hormone?
No, medroxyprogesterone is not a bioidentical hormone.

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Is medroxyprogesterone safe?
Medroxyprogesterone is safe if used in doses as prescribed by your gynecologist or physician for a prescribed duration.

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Does medroxyprogesterone make you bleed?
Medroxyprogesterone can cause prolonged bleeding when used immediately after delivery or termination of pregnancy. Please consult your physician if you are experiencing prolonged bleeding while taking medroxyprogesterone.

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Does medroxyprogesterone make you sleepy?
Insomnia (inability to sleep) is an uncommon side effect of medroxyprogesterone, not sleepiness. In case you feel sleepy while taking this medicine, please consult your doctor.

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Does medroxyprogesterone cause weight gain?
Yes, weight gain is a very common side effect of medroxyprogesterone. Please consult your physician if you are experiencing weight gain while taking medroxyprogesterone.

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Does medroxyprogesterone cause acne?
Yes, acne is a common side effect of medroxyprogesterone. Please consult your gynecologist or physician if you have acne while taking medroxyprogesterone.

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Does medroxyprogesterone cause constipation?
No, constipation has not been reported as a side effect with medroxyprogesterone. Please discuss with your physician if you experience constipation while taking medroxyprogesterone.

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Does medroxyprogesterone need to be refrigerated?
Do not freeze medroxyprogesterone and do not store above 25-degree celsius.

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Does medroxyprogesterone affect pregnancy?
Yes, medroxyprogesterone is used as a contraceptive to avoid pregnancy. It should not be used during pregnancy, either for diagnosis or therapy.

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Does medroxyprogesterone stop you from getting pregnant?
Yes, medroxyprogesterone is used as a contraceptive, a birth control pill.

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Can I take medroxyprogesterone with birth control pills?
Medroxyprogesterone itself is a birth control pill. Please consult your gynecologist or physician before taking it with other birth control pills.


Content on this page was last updated on 16 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)