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Generic drug of the therapeutic class: Oncology and Hematology
active ingredients: Medroxyprogesterone
laboratory: Pfizer Holding France

Injectable suspension
Box of 1 Bottle of 3.3 ml
All forms


Hormonal treatment of certain hormone-dependent cancers:

· Breast carcinomas;

· Adenocarcinomas of the endometrium in menopausal women.

This hormone therapy is especially used when metastases appear in the soft parts and bone level. It is especially effective when the tumor or its metastases contain estrogen and progesterone receptors.

Dosage DEPO-PRODASONE 500 mg Suspension for injection Box of 1 vial of 3.3 ml

Administration mode

· This medication should be administered intramuscularly deep.

· Do not inject intravenously.

· Shake the bottle well before use.

· A strict asepsis should be observed.


· The dosage varies according to the nature and stage of the tumor:

o In the case of metastasized breast cancer: 500 mg per day as an attack treatment for 4 weeks, then 500 mg twice a week in maintenance treatment.

o in case of endometrial cancer: 500 to 1000 mg per week.

Hepatic insufficiency :

No clinical studies have evaluated the impact of hepatic impairment on the pharmacokinetics of medroxyprogesterone acetate. However, medroxyprogesterone acetate, which is almost exclusively eliminated by hepatic metabolism, is reported to be weakly metabolized in patients with severe hepatic impairment (see section 4.3 ).

Renal failure :

No clinical studies have evaluated the impact of renal impairment on the pharmacokinetics of medroxyprogesterone acetate.

However, since medroxyprogesterone acetate is almost exclusively eliminated by hepatic metabolism, no dose adjustment should be required in patients with renal impairment.

Against indications

This medicine is contraindicated in the following situations:

· Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients,

· History or history of venous thromboembolic events (phlebitis, pulmonary embolism),

· Arterial thromboembolic events or antecedents (particularly myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accident),

· Severe liver test abnormalities, severe liver injury,

· Undiagnosed genital haemorrhage,

· Association with St. John's Wort (see section Interactions with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction ).

Depo-Prodasone side effects

The reported adverse effects are presented in the table below:


Side effects

Immune system disorders

Hypersensitivity reactions related to the presence of propyl and methyl parahydroxybenzoate, possibly delayed and exceptionally, bronchospasm

Endocrine disorders

Corticosteroid-like effects (Cushing syndrome type)

Metabolism and nutrition disorders

Weight change, Aggravation of diabetes, edema / fluid retention

Psychiatric disorders

Depression, Nervousness, Confusion, Libido Modification, Insomnia

Nervous system disorders

Dizziness, Headache, Loss of concentration, Somnolence, Cerebral infarction, Adrenergic-like effects (fine hand tremor, sweating, night cramps in the calves)

Eye disorders

Vision Disorders, Diabetic Cataract, Retinal Thrombosis

Heart conditions

Myocardial infarction, Congestive heart failure, Palpitations, Tachycardia

Vascular disorders

Augmentation of functional symptoms related to venous insufficiency of the lower extremities, Thromboembolic disorders, Thrombophlebitis

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

Pulmonary embolism

Gastrointestinal disorders

Constipation, Diarrhea, Dry mouth, Nausea, Vomiting

Hepatobiliary disorders

Hepatic involvement including cholestatic

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Acne, Alopecia, Hirsutism, Pruritus, Eruption, Urticaria, Chloasma

Renal and urinary disorders


Disorders of reproductive organs and breast

Menstrual cycle disorder (irregularity, increased or decreased bleeding), Amenorrhea, Prolonged anovulation, Cervical erosions, Disturbance of cervical (cervico-vaginal) secretions, Galactorrhea, Mastodynia

General disorders and administration site conditions

Fatigue, Injection site reaction, Malaise, Fever


Appetite change, Abnormal liver function tests, Decreased glucose tolerance, Increased blood pressure, Decreased biological markers of endocrine activity: plasma and urinary steroids, plasma and urinary gonadotropins, hormone-binding proteins Decreased blood levels of ACTH and hydrocortisol

During post-marketing surveillance, rare cases of osteoporosis including osteoporotic fractures have been reported.

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