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Four women in Canada have filed a class action lawsuit against Pfizer Canada and Pfizer Inc. seeking relief of general damages for the sum of $500,000,000. The plaintiffs have all been long-term users of Depo-Provera, an injectable method of birth control, and they have all been diagnosed with bone mass density (BMS) problems including fractures, hip and spine problems, osteoporosis and other low bone density ailments, all of which have been attributed to the use of Depo Provera.

Depo Provera was introduced to the Canadian market in 1997 after having been rejected by Health Canada several years earlier. Pfizer, the drug manufacturer of Depo Provera, issued a black box warning in the U.S. on November 17th, 2004 and a warning in Canada on June 30, 2005, at the same time continuing to heavily market the drug as safe, stating that it "has been used by millions of women around the world for decades."

According to the [FDA], "Women who use Depo Provera 104 may lose significant bone marrow density. Bone loss is greater with increasing duration of use and may not be completely reversible." It goes on to say that "It is unknown if use of depo-subQ provera 104 during adolescence or early adulthood, a critical period of bone accretion, will reduce peak bone mass and increase the risk for osteoporotic fracture in later life."

Maybe after a few decades?

Although the makers of Depo Provera agree that bone mineral density loss is "an important concern", it argues that the FDA's black box warning puts "politics before science in its handling of reproductive health products and the Bush administration's track record of attacks on family planning cannot help but raise questions about the reasons FDA chose to apply the "black box" warning to [Depo Provera].

Try telling that to countless women who are now suffering from bone density injuries.

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Posted by
Trish Hughes
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My doctor has been giving me depo injections for the past 7 years and she recently retired and when i went to establish care with another provider to continue receiving my depo shots I was informed that i would not be able to continue the depo. Not only that, the back, hip, and kneee pain I complain of may be related to the long term use of depo. I am currently waiting the results of my bone desity scan to see what damage has been done. I worry the back pain I have now will be with me the rest of my life as a result and am angry I was not informed I was being given this injection longer than the recommended length of time.

Posted by
Heidi
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I was on the Depo shot from almost the time it came out and on it for like 10 years. At 30 I was diagnosed with Osteopenia. I'd like to know if there's a statute of limitations?

Posted by
Susan
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Hi.

I was a depo provera user for 4 years using it to treat uterine fibroids. It worked like a charm. However, when I quit in March 2013 my appetite went with it! I have lost a dramatic amount of weight.

I am looking to start a class action lawsuit and need women in the New york east coast area. Please contact me for more info.

Susan
bike4life65@gmail.com

Posted by
Courtney Reed
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I met my now husband when I was 15 years old. Started dating in 2009 we got married in 2010. By 2011 we still had no children together. He has a seven-year-old son. I have no biological children of my own. I'm 26 married and because of the depo shot I'm totally completely unable to have any children of my own. When I went in the doctors had told me that they had seen that both of my ovaries were completely covered insist the lining of the uterus was almost 4 inches thick. After doing a lot of research this is exactly what happens when you take the depo shot. Now I have no way to build my own family and it seems that there's nothing I can do. Does anyone know of a current class-action lawsuit that has been filed against the Pfizer company or even how to go about filing a lawsuit against them?

Posted by
Renee English
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I was a healthy runner before I started Depo ! After giving birth to my daughter back in 2001, I went to my Doctor for birth control.I loved it at first no periods, no pills to remember to take with three kids it was perfect for my lifestyle! I had to stop taking it in 2007 when i was hit by a drunk driver and needed cervical spine fusion. When talking with my surgeon about using bone from my hip and asked if I was on medications of any kind I replied just Depo Provera he immediately ordered a bone density test and discovered at the age of 31 i have osteoporosis... I was furious, he could not do anything because my bones were brittle and he could do more damage!!! I had to take calcium and vitamin D along with other medications so that my bones could build back up some.... it took a year to get my neck fused and I am still Osteopenic at the age of 38!! I have hormone issues, Irregular periods, have horrible migraines, cramps, acne, weight gain, thyroid issues, along with many other health issues I believe from this product!! If I knew this could cause bone loss I never would have taken it!! I NEVER had any broken bones until I became an adult and after taking this product!!!!

Posted by
denetra myatt
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I GOT ONE DOSE OF DEPO PROVERA ON 1/17/2006 EVER SINCE I GOT THE INJECTION,I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO HAVE CHILDREN.I ALREADY GOT A N 8 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER.CAN ANYONE HAVE A SIMILAR STORY.EMAIL ME AT denetra8@live.com

Posted by
Shara
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I am a healthy 34 yr old woman. It have NEVER had any issues with irregular periods. About a year and a half ago I began experiencing longer than normal periods, increased volume of blood loss & increased cramping. In November 2013 I began experiencing major back aches, right side pains, vomiting, fatigue & lower abdominal cramping non stop. I went to emergency room as I thought I may have been at risk for appendicitis. Come to find out (after 11 hours and endless amounts of blood work, ultra sounds & MRI) I have cysts on my right ovary. I followed up with my dr ASAP. Dr recommended Depro to take away the pain. She said I may have endimitriosis, but let's try to treat the cysts before we do anything surgically. I trusted her. She told me I wouldn't have period and it would also shrink the cysts. Sounded GREAT to me! So without hesitation- I got my first AND ONLY dose of depro. Within in 2 weeks I was severely depressed, crying all the time, having suicidal thoughts and I began bleeding NON STOP! My pain was gone, but I would have taken the pain back in a heart beat if I could have just felt mentally stable again. I returned back to dr and told her about my symptoms. She put me on ANOTHER birth control to "offset" the hormone imbalance the depro caused. Let me rewind and tell you I don't take meds EVER!!! I ocassionally would take an Aleve for my cramping, but that's it. I don't like meds I don't believe in using one med to fix a problem and damaging the rest of your body with that some med in the process. BUT I WAS DESPERATE- AND I TRUSTED THE DR!! Long story short- it is now been over 3 months since I have had the depro shot and I have been bleeding EVERYDAY SINCE I RECIEVED THE SHOT! Now, the shot is "leaving" my body (or so the dr said) and I am experiencing HEAVY bleeding (like bleeding through super tampons every hour) experiencing INSANE clots and cramping....I AM MISERABLE! Did I mention that I am a personal trainer, avid runner, mother of 4 and wife?..!!!! My entire family is being effected by this shot!! I would go back if I could and deal with the pain if I could!!! I am now anemic, which is causing fatigue....this is not me! This is not my lifestyle!! I am a coach, a mom , a wife!!! I am active, happy & always on the go......well, I was all of these things BEFORE the shot!!! IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING THIS SHOT----DONT DO IT!!!! I am concerned my body will never be normal again- I am scared, worried, anxious & becoming angry that this shot has taken my life from me!

Posted by
debra
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I took depo for 9 years and I got pregnant 2 & 1/2 years after I stopped taking depo I got pregnant for the 1st time I had a miscarriage from a ectopic pregnancy where the baby poked a hole in my fallopian tube where I was bleeding in, they said that I could have died so they had to take my whole left fallopian tube out because it was destroyed so now only have one left with a slim chance of getting pregnant again and a chance of it happening again .

Posted by
Cindy
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I have issues with my hormones since I took the shot in 2000. 14 years later and i still do not get a regular period. My doctors have tried several fertility drugs and still nothing

Posted by
Leah
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If anyone is actually looking to file a suit me and my friend are permanently messed up from getting the depo shot and my family has gone completely broke from trying to "fix me@ after all the damage, and it's just not fair that the shot that was supposed to be so great has ruined so many woman's lives. We've been talking about filing a law suit and we have been looking for a good lawyer so anyone else who wants justice let me know at leahhkatherine@gmail.com and we'll talk it all out.

Posted by
Bonnie
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Has a lawsuit been filed against the makers of the Depo shot? I had to have a complete hysterectomy at a young age due to getting the depo shot, I believe. I never had any problems before getting the shot but have had several since then.

Posted by
Jennifer Holden
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I started taking the Depo shot after I had my daughter in 2000. Soon after I got off of the shot five years later I started having severe stomach cramps and horrible periods I went to the Doctor several times. The doctor decided to do exploratory surgery on me and I had endometriosis (never had any problems before. I went in twice for surgery to scrap the endometriosis to no avail. In November of 2005 had a total hysterectomy at age 25. When the Doctor talked to me after surgery he said that all my female organs had endometriosis all over them I had cysts on my ovaries. So at age 25 I went into menopause! I am still dealing with all the crap that comes with menopause(weight gain,hot flashes,mood swings, no sex drive)! I truly believe that the Depo caused all of this!! I never had any issues before I took the Depo! I was on birth control pill for 4 yrs and when I got off of them I got pregnant within Two months! This was just a a little a bit of what I went through.

Posted by
Cindy vonHentschel
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I was on the Depo Shot 17 years ago. It was horrible. I gained 40+ lbs. Had horrible mood swings, horrible cramps. Sadly, it's the only thing I can take now without getting my tubes tied. Same thing is happening again, except I'm getting horrible back pains, and cramps are worse with cysts rupturing. I don't advise anyone to take it. As soon as our new insurance kicks in, I'm getting my tubes tied.

Posted by
susie
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depo have destroyed my life I am suffering from all kinds of health problems now

Posted by
Kelly Mock
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I have been using depo provera off and on (3 or 4 different times) since I was about 18 years old and I am now 33. Each time I have been on it I have had bad nausea, back aches, neck aches, head aches, stiff muscles in my back & neck, lower sharp abdominal pain, really loose stools, upper abdominal pains (near where you would think the gallbladder is), loss of appetite from the nausea, seems like hair loss more hair on the comb after a shower than use to be but the Dr. said that it is cause I have really long hair, I don't notice any bald patches (yet), fatigue. I am currently on Depo Provera and I have had bad lower abdominal pain in my lower right quadrant that ended me up in the hospital ER, they thought it was my appendix and did a cat scan and the cat scan did reveal that my appendix was in the "normal" size range but on the larger end of normal, they kept me in the hospital over night for observation and sent me home the next day. I have since still had lower abdominal stabbing pains that come and go and upper abdominal discomfort as well and I have been running a temp anywhere from 98.6 (normal but that is before I get up out of bed) up to 100.3 during the day. My dr's have done another cat scan and said that everything has come back normal, they have done blood work and all tests have come back normal, I have had stool samples tested and all come back normal, I am scheduled to see the colon Dr. to have him evaluate me to see if he can determine anything but I have been down that road before the last time I was on Depo and had these symptoms as well and they didn't find anything on a colonoscopy the last two times they have done anything other than they say I have irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux. None of my pains have ever been explained and the Dr.'s that I go to when I have asked them if it could be the Depo have all said that "no, it couldn't be the depo". The time before this time that I was on depo and had the upper abdominal discomfort the Dr.'s thought maybe it could be my gallbladder, they sent me to the Dr. to have a pipida scan and everything came back normal on that so my gallbladder was fine. Every time I have stopped using the Depo the symptoms I have been having have either gone away or have diminished a whole lot to where I don't feel as bad as I do now all the time. I have never been checked for any bone loss or osteoporosis but I have had two teeth that broke on the softest things when I ate and had to have them pulled, now I have one tooth that has a crack in it that I have to get crowned. I don't know if that could be the cause of Depo or not. I have had cat scans done, ultrasounds, pipida scans, colonocopy's, EGD's, to try and explain the symptoms that I am having. None of the symptoms according to the Dr's are linked to my use of Depo Provera. I should have never listened to the Dr.'s telling me that now that I am older my body has changed and I probably wont have those problems again. Well 3rd time is the final for me! I am never going to take another shot as long as I live! I just hope that once the Depo is out of my system all my pains and nausea go away. Please if you are thinking about taking Depo Provera DON'T! You will spend more money on chasing pains that the Dr's think are linked to something gone on inside of you and not to the Depo! Dr's wont tell you it is a prescription causing this cause they probably get kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies so they don't want to loose that money!

Posted by
jesicha strickland
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My name is jesicha i am now 26 i began taking the depo shot on 8/10/2007 the day i left the hospital from having my beautiful daughter and i wish i had never taken the shot beacuse i can no longer have children as the shot shut down my overies and like many oither women i have massive depression anziety weight gain and also the facial hair not to menchen blood clots in my left arm that ended in me being on cumadin and lovnox and let me tell u i have whats called fantom labor and delivery and end up in the hospital at least every 3 months in more pain than ever headaches my family suffers every day beacuse of my depression if any one on this site can help me and my family please contact me the people that made this shot need to suffer in the way that we all do, oh and i also have dental issues severe dental issues

Posted by
jennie BROOKS
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I'm 34 now but after I had my first child which then I were 19 I taken the depo shots twice and gotten pregnant on it. And plus my period were missed up so bad, my mother-in-law said it didn't seem right for me to skip my period like that and just before I had my third child my period flowed very badly and I had breast problems which I found out I had a cyst. Not too mention since that time and now I'm on depression meds, and has gotten over weighted from taking it, this is a horrible medicine please I advise anyone to never take it

Posted by
naomi
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I took depo for 7 years i have tooth problems and have had a severe DVT/blood clot in my right leg and excess facial hair growth

Posted by
Hollie D
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I was on Depo many years. Not only did I get broken teeth, but anemia as well. I need my teeth replaced, and I have no cure for my anemia. Is there a suit I can be a part of? I deserve justice.

Posted by
erica jones
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i am 29 yearold i took the depo shot when i was 15 i had a miscarriage a couple months later i also exsperienced weight gain and exstreme anxiety which i have everyday since then i also have exsesive hair on my face and body which is one of the main sideeffects it is hell living with thisand there is ovioudly no cure to stop this i deffinatly do not recomend any woman taking this shot! i am seriously looking into filing a suit against this drug manafacture.

Posted by
Sade
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Im 18 years old and when I started depo I was on my period for a YEAR straight after 3 shots I' didn't go back to get my 4th one my period then stopped but it came back and did not stop sinceI also have severe cramps when im on my period feels like a tight shocking sensation this is something I never experienced on top of that my bones are weak simple lifting and sharp pains fills my wrist arms and back. I had no problems into i got depo. They should be SUED

Posted by
ISRAT
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Hi I'm 28 yrs old Asian girl.in April 19th 2012 I took 10 mg medroxyprogesterone for 10 days cause my doc prescribed me this medicine, I just missed one period she checked my urine and told me I'm not pregnant but my bad luck I was pregnant.from that day to next 4 months I bleed everyday someday it's big clots some time spooting. And in July 22nd 2012 I had a miscarriage my baby was alive when I deliver him. I just need to know is that happen cause I took that 10 pills. Please help me.

Posted by
mina
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I just got the shot about a couple of weeks ago, and recently i've been going crazy. I have seriously considered going to a shrink to tell me what i'm going through. I have been crying nonstop, i start thinking excessively, and i dont feel aligned with myself. Am i the only one that feels this because of the shot??

Posted by
Kentucky Girl
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I started using the depo shot when I was 15 years old because my menstrual cycle was so bad I couldn't move! I started the shot and within a few days I had stopped bleeding. Been on the shot ever since (I am now 31) and wouldn't give up the depo shot for anything, I couldn't survive without it! I was off the shot for a short time, got pregnant and went right back on the shot after I had my daughter, never had a problem with it!

Posted by
Callie Teach
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I want to know if there is any way to get part of the settlement that was done a few years ago. I finally got my diagnosis from a doctor. I was on the depo shot for 6 years and I stoped taking it in 2007. I can not get an attorny to help me even though I was just recently diagnosed with the side effects. I can not afford to fix all of the side effects I am suffering from and they effect my everyday life. I need help can some one tell me if there is any way to sue now or be able to join the class action suit against them in 2008????

Posted by
Melissa leal
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Hi well in feb.2006 the nurse have me get a pregancy test it was very light so she told me that lets wait a week and we waited that one week and then she said I wasnt so we put the depo shot and2or3months later I went to the the dr thinking I had the flu but they told me that I was pregant about 2 months I was like no cuz im on the depo and when my son was born 3pounds 9oz very small he had lots of problems hyperthyroidism ghd adhd sever astma he was at drs to specialitys is this caused by the depo please im waiting for response please

Posted by
carol strong for courtney and amber strong
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please all go to firstcoastnews.com and put in depo provera. also on f/b go to R.I.P. Courtney Lee Strong[my daughter]. and also request my ambers freindship on f/b. amber strong[we do this together] we need to stop this barbaric behavior! please share~ not just for my precious girls,but for all of you.many many others~ thank you! carol strong

Posted by
Karen
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After reading through all of the above comments, I am so very lucky that I am maybe one of the few that has only has good comments to add - I started taking Depo-Vera when I was about 23, as I was unable to take any form of oral pill as it made me throw up everyday. 10yrs later I was starting to think of a family & discussed this with my doctor. I was advised that because of my long history with the drug, conception may take up to 2 yrs. So when I found myself pregnant by my next cycle I was surprised to say the least.... I do how ever experience irregular periods at times, but for the most part I do not have them at all. After having my 1st child I went off the drug for around 5yrs as I was not sexually active. I have recently gone back on Depo-Vera & still find it the best option for me.

Posted by
Jayla
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I got the Depo shot may 2012(first and LAST shot) & started spotting/cramping a week later. spotting was heavy at first & cramping got worse then got kind of got lighter but never stopped ! made a dr appointment aug 2012 Pap came back fine. doc says wait until depo wears off. NOTE: appointment was made 3 MONTHS after first shot . HELLO ! it is now OCTOBER & i am STILL experiencing spotting. non stop ! every day. im anemic now. i crave the wierdest things makes me wanna just take drugs even smoke cigarettes ! weight gain hot flashes i sweat so much now& grow hair back so quick its ridiculous. mood swings abdomenal issues altogether are becoming the biggest issue.ever since the doc says it should be wearing off (sept) i've had to use the bathroom #2 so much. everything i eat its like my abdomen gets upset that i eat !so strange ! if ya ASK ME by experience the shot is a total crock ! misconceptions of all sorts i cant even express really how i feel through words i wanna scream it out and say EFFF EFF EFF ! but i hold it together thank god im alive and do my best to nurse my body back to good health. by the way IM 21 YEARS old !

Posted by
Jessica Walker
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I used depo shot after i had a miscarriage in 2002 and was on it till dec. 2007 now my cervix muscles isnt strong enough to hold doing a pregnacy. So now the doctors tell me I have an incompentant cervix.

Posted by
Jonda Dixon
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I used depo for four years. I had a pulmonary embolism in my right lung and had to take coumidin for two years to thin it im just glad i caught it before it killed me. my sexual appetite has decreased i have horrible mood swings was declared clinically depressed. I just want people to kno that every drug introduced is not a good drug

Posted by
Kendra
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I was givin the depo shot when I was 17..after my terminated pregnancy. I had about 3-4 shots.. My health has never been the same since. My initial problems were- spotting regularly, hot flushes, emotional mood swings, weight gain. I stopped taking all birth controle when I was 19.. I'm now 24 I experience thick black hair growth on my lip, neck and chin ( this could be corsed by polysystic overies) I am having an ultra sound tomorrow to find out! My periods are still irregular, loss of libido. Thrush and anxiety. I suggest anyone taking birth controle to rethink what they are doing to there bodies..I'm doing everything I can naturally to nurse my body back to health..take care all and sorry for all your troubles x

Posted by
Deborah Jones
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I only got the depo shot once and it has ruined my life! I ended up in the hospital two weeks after the shot I had extreme blood loss and had to stay in the hospital for three days. My stomach started blowing up like I was pregnant and I had constant abdominal pain I was bed ridden for 3 months. After several months I found out that I had developed IBS after taking the shot. My type of IBS is really debilitating I am in constant pain and have to take large amounts of pain pills. There is no cure for IBS so I have to live with this the rest of my life I do not recommend the Depo shot it ruined my life

Posted by
marla
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I started the Droid April 6,2012.. I was spotting the first week the here it is now July 8 2012 and been bleeding heavily since May 27 2012... My lower stomach always hurts, sweating heavily,mood swings out thus world.. buying more tampons then I ever bought in my life... Dr. Says its nothing they can do but let the Depo wear off. They put me on birthcontrol pills it made the bleeding worse. Hormones are off the charts.. losing a lot of blood.. I just don't know what to do.. its is interfering with my sexual life,and my own life as well. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.... Please I WOULD NOT ADVISE THIS DRUG TO NO ONE!

Posted by
kaqudai patterson
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I have used the depo provera for 3 years and my cycle and body is still messed up from the depos.When I first started this shot my doctor never told me about all the heavy periods or never told me how long my cycle would stay on im having a lot of issues since I been off the shots I would never take these shots again.

Posted by
Jessica Ford
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I been on the depo for almost 3 years I didn't have any problems with depo for the first year then I started to develop systs in my breast then I lost all my period for two years the health department never told me that the depo will cause that I've been dealing with after affect for the past 5 months my body is so messed up I am never getting back on that shot again

Posted by
Kathy Gannon
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My 21 year old daughter received the Depo shot 10 days ago to treat her continual bleeding that wasn't controlled with birth control pills. It shut off the bleeding but the side effects have been WAY worse than any bleeding! She has headaches and nausea so severe that she's spent much of this past week in the hospital. And she's got anxiety out of this world! I believe this medication is poison and I wanted to warn every woman out there who is considering trying this shot! I'd like to hear from anyone out there just how long the side effects last! AND how we go about filing a complaint!! We're about to go crazy!!!

Posted by
Nisha Washington
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I started using the shot when I was 16 years-old. From the 1st dose I had nonstop bleeding for over 3 months with spotting in between. With the 2nd dose I began having extremely painful and sharp pain in my pelvis and but. Pains were so bad it felt like I was being shocked from the inside. Couldn't move or breathe when they hiT. I told my doctor but he still gave me another dose. After that one I ended up in the ER from the symptoms. I also got severe headaches. When I stopped taking them I didn't have a period for over 3 months or longer. And when I finally did have one it lasted heavily for weeks. I use NUVA RING now and my cycle is back to normal. But I still get the pains and headaches and Im 21 now. So if you're thinking about taking this shot I would advise against it. Seriously!

Posted by
Helen High
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I used the Depo shot for 5 years after my son was born. I have had problems with my teeth breaking apart which never happened before I started taking the shot. It wasn't until my teeth were beyond repair that I received the letter stating that the depo shot was unsafe. I stopped taking the shot immediately after reading the letter. The Health Dept. I went to even discontinued the shot because it was deemed unsafe. Now 7 years after getting off the shot, I will be beginning the long process of having all my teeth removed and replaced by dentures. I am only 31 years old. Nothing I get done to my teeth, fillings or anything, does not help. They just fall out. I DO NOT advise anybody to start taking this shot and have tried to talk my friends that do still take it to get off of it. If I could go back and do it again I would not take it again.

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