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Review: could Depo-provera cause Pulmonary embolism?

We study 9,918 people who have side effects while taking Depo-provera from FDA and social media. Among them, 183 have Pulmonary embolism. Find out below who they are, when they have Pulmonary embolism and more.

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Depo-provera

Depo-provera (latest outcomes from 10,329 users) has active ingredients of medroxyprogesterone acetate. It is often used in birth control.

Pulmonary embolism

Pulmonary embolism (blockage of the main artery of the lung) (latest reports from 340,215 patients) has been reported by people with birth control, pain, high blood pressure, premenstrual syndrome, acne.

On Sep, 16, 2014: 9,904 people reported to have side effects when taking Depo-provera. Among them, 183 people (1.85%) have Pulmonary Embolism.

Trend of Pulmonary embolism in Depo-provera reports

Time on Depo-provera when people have Pulmonary embolism * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Pulmonary embolism63.64%11.36%4.55%0.00%9.09%9.09%2.27%

Age of people who have Pulmonary embolism when taking Depo-provera * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Pulmonary embolism0.00%0.00%13.45%46.78%27.49%10.53%1.75%0.00%

Severity of Pulmonary embolism when taking Depo-provera ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Pulmonary embolism ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Contraception (89 people, 48.63%)
  2. Headache (9 people, 4.92%)
  3. Depression (8 people, 4.37%)
  4. Pulmonary embolism (8 people, 4.37%)
  5. Anxiety (8 people, 4.37%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Yaz (43 people, 23.50%)
  2. Yasmin (33 people, 18.03%)
  3. Nuvaring (16 people, 8.74%)
  4. Lovenox (15 people, 8.20%)
  5. Ibuprofen (15 people, 8.20%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

MELANIE (1 year ago):

I have been on & off the Depo Provera injection for many years. In 2010 I ended up with a pulmonary embolism. I had no risk factors, other than being on depo. My pcp advises me to discontinue using the depo, but my gyn states it is safe for me & that its use had nothing to do with me developing the embolism. I love using depo, since it eliminates my menstrual cycle completely. This is great since I have excessive, painful periods. I'm torn on what to do. Opinions are appreciated.
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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • Adrienne on Aug, 12, 2014:

    Hi R,
    I'm responding to your letter in eHealthMe. I was taking Escitalopram - the generic name for Lexapro for about 3 months. In Sept. I slowly took myself off this med. In Dec. 2013 I was admitted to the hospital because of chest pain. A ct scan showed I had developed a Pulmonary Embolism. I was shocked because I was always so healthy. The Hematologist put me on Warfarin since he does not know where the PE came from. The last blood work showed the PE is gone. The Ultra Sound of my legs was negative. I know where the PE came from-taking the generic for Lexapro. I still have to be on Warfarin indefinitely. Thanks for hearing me out. I hope this helps.

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    Adrienne on Aug, 12, 2014:

    Hi Gary,
    Just read your letter in eHealthMe. Sounds like me. I was taking Escitalopram-the generic for Lexapro for about three months. I didn't like the way it made me feel. So in Sept. or Oct I slowly took myself off this med. On Dec 23, 2013 I was admitted to the hospital because of chest pain. a ct scan showed I developed a Pulmonary Embolism. An Ultra Sound of my legs came back negative. I am on Warfarin for the PE. My last blood work showed the PE is gone. Since the hematologist does not know where the PE came from I have to be on Warfarin indefinitely. I know where it came from, the drug Lexapro. Thanks for hearing me out. I hope this helps.

    Reply

    Gary Crockett on Nov, 3, 2011:

    I slowly took myself off Lexapro 10mg over 2 months after 2 months of being off it I have had a pulmonary embolism. I went back to the page of side effects for Lexapro and found pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis listed as a side effect of Lexapro. I am now looking for any others who have had this experience. So far I have survived the embolism but am still in severe pain and looking for answers. I am in Australia.

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    R on Sep, 2, 2012:

    I have been taking Lexapro for a little over a year. I was/am anemic but otherwise healthy. June of this year, I started blacking out and found out I had to small blood clots in my lung. My hormones are not right, and have to be on Coumadin. No Doctor mentioned it being a possible side effect of the drug. They still do not have an answer as to what caused it.

    Reply

  • From this study (2 months ago):

  • I've had all over pain for 4 months, starting with pains in left abdomen, spreading to left leg, upper back, and then right abdomen. MRI's,xrays,blood work all shows normal. Physical activity and stress worsens symptoms. Seen hernia doctor said was normal, Neurologist diagnosed me with high anxiety and put me on Cymbalta. Primary has me on the cyclobenzaprine for the pain which I was told to only take at night because I have extreme fatigue. My pain has decreased tremendously since being on the Cymbalta but now I have found my left nipple to leak white fluid and blood when stimulated, noticed it while showering.My left breast and area around breast seems extremely sore.

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