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Brand name: Depo-Provera TM

Active ingredients: medroxyprogesterone

What it is used for

Carcinoma: Palliative treatment of recurrent and/or metastatic breast or renal cell cancer and of inoperable recurrent or metastatic endometrial carcinoma. Endometriosis: For use in the treatment of visually proven (laparoscopy) endometriosis where the required end-point of treatment is pregnancy, or for the control of symptoms when surgery is contra- indicated or has been unsuccessful. Contraception (ovulation suppression): For long-term prevention of pregnancy in women when administered at 3-month intervals. Since loss of bone mineral density (BMD) may occur in pre-menopausal women who use DEPO-PROVERA long-term (greater than 2 years), women should be assessed, before starting treatment for contraception or endometriosis, regarding the risk of osteoporosis. Women under the age of 18 years may be at risk of failing to achieve their predicted peak bone mineral density (See WARNINGS). The 50 mg/1mL vial is not approved for the indication of contraception (ovulation suppression). The injection, DEPO-PROVERA 150 mg/1mL, should be used for contraception.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intramuscular
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Do not Freeze
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White suspension

Food interactions

For the active ingredient medroxyprogesterone

  • Take with food.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on December 1, 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient medroxyprogesterone

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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