DEPO-PROVERA- medroxyprogesterone acetate injection, suspension 
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Patient Information

Depo-Provera® (DEP-po pro-VAIR-ah) CI
(medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension)
Contraceptive Injection

Read this Patient Information carefully before you decide if Depo-Provera CI is right for you. This information does not take the place of talking with your gynecologist or other healthcare provider who specializes in women's health. If you have any questions about Depo-Provera CI, ask your healthcare provider. You should also learn about other birth control methods to choose the one that is best for you.

What is the most important information I should know about Depo-Provera CI?

Depo-Provera CI can cause serious side effects, including:

Depo-Provera CI is intended to prevent pregnancy. Depo-Provera CI does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

What is Depo-Provera CI?

Depo-Provera CI is a progestin hormone birth control method that is given by injection (a shot) to prevent pregnancy.

How well does Depo-Provera CI work?

Your chance of getting pregnant depends on how well you follow the directions for taking your Depo-Provera CI. The more carefully you follow the directions (such as returning every 3 months for your next injection), the less chance you have of getting pregnant.

In clinical studies, about 1 out of 100 women got pregnant during the first year that they used Depo-Provera CI.

The following chart shows the chance of getting pregnant for women who use different methods of birth control. Each box on the chart contains a list of birth control methods that are similar in effectiveness. The most effective methods are at the top of the chart. The box on the bottom of the chart shows the chance of getting pregnant for women who do not use birth control and are trying to get pregnant.


How should I take Depo-Provera CI?

Who Should Not Use Depo-Provera CI?

Do not use Depo-Provera CI if you:

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Depo-Provera CI?

Before taking Depo-Provera CI, tell your healthcare provider if you have:

If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, Depo-Provera CI can pass into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take Depo-Provera CI.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Depo-Provera CI and certain other medicines may affect each other, causing serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other medicines may need to be changed while you are taking Depo-Provera CI.

Some medicines may make Depo-Provera CI less effective at preventing pregnancy, including those listed below.

Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your healthcare provider or pharmacist before you first start taking Depo-Provera CI or when you get a new medicine.

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about using a back-up method of birth control if you are taking medicines that may make Depo-Provera CI less effective.

What are the possible side effects of Depo-Provera CI?

Depo-Provera CI can cause serious side effects, including:

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have:

The most common side effects of Depo-Provera CI include:

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Depo-Provera CI. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1- 800-FDA-1088.

What other information should I know before choosing Depo-Provera CI?

How will Depo-Provera CI change my periods?

Unusually heavy or continuous bleeding is not a usual effect of Depo-Provera CI and if this happens you should see your healthcare provider right away.

With continued use of Depo-Provera CI, bleeding usually decreases and many women stop having periods completely. When you stop using Depo-Provera CI your menstrual period will usually, in time, return to its normal cycle.

What if I want to become pregnant?

Because Depo-Provera CI is a long-acting birth control method, it takes some time after your last shot for its effect to wear off. Most women who try to get pregnant after using Depo-Provera CI get pregnant within 18 months after their last shot. The length of time you use Depo-Provera CI has no effect on how long it takes you to become pregnant after you stop using it.

General Information about Depo-Provera CI

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. This leaflet summarizes the most important information about Depo-Provera CI. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider for information about Depo-Provera CI that is written for healthcare providers.

What are the ingredients in Depo-Provera CI?

Active ingredient: medroxyprogesterone acetate

Inactive ingredients: polyethylene glycol 3350, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, methylparaben, propylparaben, and water for injection. When necessary, pH is adjusted with sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid, or both.

This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Revised December 2020

Revised: 12/2020
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