If you want to prevent pregnancy or are seeking relief from certain cancer symptoms, your healthcare provider may recommend Depo-Provera® (medroxyprogesterone intramuscular injection). This prescription drug comes in liquid form and is injected into a muscle every week to every three months, depending on what it is being used for. It is available as both a brand-name and generic medication. Common side effects include irregular menstrual bleeding, headaches, and weight gain.
Most people are able to use this medicine without any problems, but it isn't right for everyone. Before receiving Depo-Provera injections, you will need to provide your healthcare provider with information on your current medications (including nonprescription drugs) and any other medical conditions you may have. If you have any allergies, your healthcare provider will need this information as well.
(For more information, click Depo-Provera. This article takes an in-depth look at the effects of this drug, explains how it works, and offers details on when and how it is administered.)