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
Polycystic ovary syndrome 228 21
Birth control 69 35
Endometriosis 30 10
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 15 2
Dysmenorrhea 7 3

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  • 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 24
Mild 22
None 45

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 15
Depressed mood 7
Decreased sex drive (libido) 6
Irregular menstrual periods 5
Mood swings 4
Vaginal dryness 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mL every 3 months 1
50 mg every 3 months 1
150 mg every 12 weeks 1
2.5 mg daily 1
400 mg every 3 months 1
5 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 39
Doctor's advice 35
Course of treatment ended 33
Other 18
Did not seem to work 14
Personal research 8
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

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

Stopped taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 102
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 29
Not at all hard to take 74
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 6
< $25 49
Not specified 57

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Sprintec) 4
Norethindrone (norethisterone) (Aygestin) 4
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 1

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Patients stopped taking Medroxyprogesterone Acetate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Sprintec) 3
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 2
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Lo Loestrin FE) 2
etonogestrel (Nexplanon) 2
Leuprolide (Leuprorelin) (Lupron Depot) 2

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13 patient evaluations for Medroxyprogesterone Acetate

Nov 15, 2020 (Started Sep 15, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Hormone replacement)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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)

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