Medroxyprogesterone Acetate is a type of female hormone or progestin. This medication has several uses such as:
- In women who are not pregnant and not going through menopause
- To treat abnormal bleeding from the uterus
- To restore normal menstrual periods in women who have stopped having them for several months
- Used as part of combination hormone replacement therapy with estrogens to lessen menopause symptoms
How does Medroxyprogesterone Acetate work?
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate freely diffuses into target cells in the female reproductive tract, hypothalamus, mammary gland, and the pituitary. It binds to the progesterone receptor. Once bound to the receptor, it slows the frequency of release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). It is from the hypothalamus and blunts the pre-ovulatory LH surge.
Why use Medroxyprogesterone Acetate?
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate is a progestational agent. This can help your other hormones to behave in a more normal way and can reset your period. This is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medroxyprogesterone Acetate is supplied as tablets for oral use. Each tablet contains Medroxyprogesterone Acetate as an active ingredient. This is available in the strengths of 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg.
How to use Medroxyprogesterone Acetate?
The recommended dosage is based on your condition and response. This is to be taken by mouth as directed by your doctor. It is important that you take this exactly as it is prescribed.
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate is usually taken once a day. The prescribed number of days each month will be given by your doctor. Swallow the tablet as a whole with a full glass of water. Do not increase the prescribed dosage or take it more often. Remember to take it at the same time each day. Tell your doctor if your condition gets worse or if it does not improve.
What are the side effects of Medroxyprogesterone Acetate?
- Skin rash
- Increased acne
- Changes in menstrual period
- Hair growth
- Loss of scalp hair
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Changes in appetite
- Stomach pain
- Changes in weight
- Skin color changes
- Sleep problems or insomnia
Warnings and Precautions
- Do not use this drug if you are allergic to it. Tell your doctor if you have any allergies.
- Tell as well to your doctor if you have a history of stroke or blood clot.
- This may not be recommended if you are breastfeeding women.
- Consult your doctor if you are pregnant.
- Keep this drug at a dry and clean place far from moisture or heat.