Medroxyprogesterone will not prevent heart disease, breast cancer, or dementia, and may actually increase the risk of developing these conditions in post-menopausal women. Medroxyprogesterone may also increase the risk of uterine or ovarian cancer in some women. Long-term treatment with estrogens and progestins (such as medroxyprogesterone) may also increase your risk of heart attack, blood clot, or stroke.
Talk to your doctor about your specific risks and benefits of taking this medication, especially if you smoke or are overweight. Your doctor should check your progress on a regular basis (every 3 to 6 months) to determine whether you should continue this treatment.
For future reference:
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate;
pain or swelling in one or both legs;
chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
vaginal bleeding if you have already gone through menopause;
feeling like you might pass out;
a breast lump;
symptoms of depression (sleep problems, dizziness, mood changes, headache).
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
Less serious side effects may include:
spotting or breakthrough bleeding;
changes in your menstrual periods;
vaginal itching or discharge;
breast tenderness or discharge;
mild itching or skin rash;
increased acne, hair growth, loss of scalp hair;
sleep problems (insomnia);
changes in appetite or weight,
mild stomach pain, bloating, nausea; or
skin color changes.
Report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
I hope this information helps you, I suggest you talk to your Gynecologist again, and clarify all the doubts you may have... from a caring individual
- Medroxyprogesterone Information for Consumers
- Medroxyprogesterone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Medroxyprogesterone (detailed)
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