What is Medroxyprogesterone Acetate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Medroxyprogesterone acetate is a contraceptive used for endometrial carcinoma or renal carcinoma; secondary amenorrhea or abnormal uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance; reduction of endometrial hyperplasia in nonhysterectomized postmenopausal women receiving conjugated estrogens.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 60 33
Polycystic ovary syndrome 57 20
Endometriosis 22 8
Dysmenorrhea 8 3
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 8 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 23
Moderate 23
Mild 20
None 41

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 14
Depressed mood 6
Irregular menstrual periods 6
Decreased sex drive (libido) 5
Mood swings 4
Hot flashes 3

Show all 49 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Dosage Patients Percentage
150 mg every 3 months 9
400 mg every 3 months 5
150 every 12 weeks 1
2.5 mg daily 1
5 mg daily 1
10 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 40
Doctor's advice 34
Course of treatment ended 31
Other 17
Did not seem to work 13
Personal research 8
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 24
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 95
Usually 5
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 71
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 6
< $25 46
Not specified 53

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 3
Norethindrone (norethisterone) (Camila) 3
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 2
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 3
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 3
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 2
etonogestrel (Nexplanon) 2
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 2

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching to

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12 patient evaluations for Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for effects hormone levels)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sex Addiction)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (swelling of breast)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sex Addiction)
  • Side effects
    Mild (swelling of breast)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 13, 2015 (Started Jul 06, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for irregular menstrual periods)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for polycystic ovary syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: menstruation (period)

Aug 27, 2014 (Started Jul 06, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irregular menstrual periods)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for polycystic ovary syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: menstruation (period)

Jul 15, 2011 (Started Jul 06, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irregular menstrual periods)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: menstruation (period)

  • 0 helpful marks

May 19, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for HRT)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Was taking 1 every other day for a week then quite.

Apr 14, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for HRT)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2.5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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