Medroxyprogesterone is an injectable drug which belongs to a family of contraception prevention medicines. It is a type of progesterone which is a female hormone that prevents ovulation and also causes changes in the cervical mucus and uterine lining. This makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
A secondary use is to reduce pain caused by endometriosis as well as to ease pain and related symptoms in women with metastatic uterine or kidney cancer but is not a cure.
It is suggested that you discuss with your physician whether it is safe to consume alcohol while using this drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
The drug should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
Do not use the drug for longer than 2 years or if you have any allergy to contraceptive preventive medicine.
Before using the drug you should advise your physician if you have abnormal vaginal bleeding, breast cancer, liver disease, history of stroke or blood clot, congestive heart failure, diabetes, seizures, epilepsy or a history of depression.
Less serious side effects are changes in your menstrual cycle, headache, nervousness, dizziness, tired, breast tenderness, discharge, changes in weight or appetite, mild stomach pain, bloating, nausea, back pain, pelvic pain, itching, skin rash, acne, hair growth, balding, insomnia, vaginal itching or discharge, decreased sex drive, skin color change or lump at injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are sudden numbness, weakness especially on one side, sudden headache, confusion, vision, speech or balance problems, fever, jaundice, swelling in hands, ankles, feet or symptoms of depression. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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