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When and How to Receive It

Some 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 Information

The 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.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
(Click Depo-Provera Dosage for more information.)
 

Side Effects of Depo-Provera

Just 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.
 
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of Depo-Provera include but are not limited to:
 
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Absence of menstruation
  • Weight gain
  • Headache.
 
(Click Depo-Provera Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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