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When and How to Receive ItSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Depo-Provera include the following:
- This medication is given as an injection into a muscle, every week to every three months, depending on the reason it is being used.
- The injection is usually given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a clinic. It is usually given in the buttocks (gluteal muscle) or upper arm (deltoid muscle).
- Depo-Provera should not be used as a contraceptive for longer than two years, unless other birth control methods are not an option.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be administered as prescribed. Make sure to keep all of your appointments with your healthcare provider to avoid missing a dose.
Dosing InformationThe dose your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The reason you are using Depo-Provera
- How you respond to the medication.
Side Effects of Depo-ProveraJust like any medicine, Depo-Provera may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Absence of menstruation
- Weight gain