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Depo Provera â Side-Effects, Safety and Recall Information

According to the FDA's data, side-effects from Depo Provera

® * are not common, but they can occur. Tell your doctor if these side-effects are severe or do not go away:

· spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods
· changes in menstrual flow
· lack of menstrual periods
· bloating
· weight gain or loss
· black or brown skin patches
· acne
· tired feeling
· nervousness
· depression
· glucose intolerance (increased blood sugar)
· upset stomach
· breast discomfort

If you experience any of the following side-effects, call your doctor immediately:

· difficulty breathing
· severe headache
· change or loss of vision
· severe depression
· yellowing of the skin or eyes
· dizziness or faintness
· weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
· calf pain
· sharp or crushing chest pain
· unexplained coughing or coughing up blood
· rash

*Depo Provera® is marketed by Pharmacia for use in birth control. The active ingredient is medroxyprogesterone.


Disclaimer: The information presented here is not meant to be medical advice nor to act as a substitute for medical advice. Serious side-effects, including death, could result if one were to take any prescription medicine without the supervision of a physician.

Copyright 2003, Thomas Manaugh, PhD