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.
Please file your [Personal Injury] complaint with a lawyer for a free case evaluation.
Posted by marlene
I have been on the depo shot for over 15 years and also have a traumatic brain injury and take a lot of medication for that. This past June 2014 I woke one morning with a blood clot in my thigh from my ankle to my crotch, it was my entire femoral artery. I was lucky to be alive. Then 2 weeks later I had a pulmunary embolism. I also fell out of bed 2 feet broke 5 ribs. Mind you I am a fit active working 45 yr old single mother. Other than the head injury nothing keeps me down I take my meds and I am just like any other person, I work harder than most 20 yr olds. Than bang this took me down!! I still am on warfarin finally I stopped having to give myself shots in my stomach, that was exoprin another blood thinner. And just a few weeks ago I pushed a car out of the snow using my back and I broke 2 vertebra, and I been moving and haven't gotten to hospital but I think I may be bleeding internally, I can't touch my right side or my back or breathe deep. I also received 4 more shots after the bloods had been found.
I need help I really feel this is all due to depo but I have spoken to a few lawyers and they don't seem to eager to help. Does anybody have any suggestions
Posted by Jessica Arcand
I have been diagnosed with celiac disease after four years currently and three before my second kid and after of using the depo shot and before all this I have had no problems with gluten no symptoms no nothing til this last yr 2014 my questions are unanswered to how I would have gotten this they say it is hereditary but my family has been tested and no one has it and no one even has problems with it and I'm the only one that has take the shot over the yrs so it don't make sense I now have talked to several people that have used the shot in. The area I live in and are now being diagnosed with gluten sensitivity problems or celiac I believe the shot is causing this and I would like to be part of this law suit this is bulshit when u love ur whole life being able to eat what u want and then all of a sudden this appears it's not fair something caused it and has now turned my life up side down I'm still new to this disease so I don't know what other complications it had cause but I'm also unable to wear high heal shoes because my feet cramp up and sometimes they cramp up for no reason on their own or other bones are sore for no reason I would like help in finding a solution to this problem gettin answers that are needed please help please fight this with me I'm in for the one who started this because the depo is not safe and has cause several problems for me I desearve to live a good life a heathly one that shouldn't have been taken from me because my whole life I never had a problem my questions need to be address thanks
Posted by Toni Jackson
I have met too many young women lately who took the shot and now are gluten (and more) sensitive. Anyone else?
The only "survey" I could find of 9600 women showed 6 were gluten allergic. I believe this number is much higher and needs to be addressed. Please send me a message if you know of someone who is affected in this way by the shot.
My family thanks you.
Posted by wendy brailsford
I have been affected by depo while i was pregnant and the doctor injected me saying my pregnancy was unintended and they mixed it in a flu shot non consent.no one is helping me with this and its all over my medical records.the gov't is illegally forcing women to be injected if your considered low income immigrant or minority look up forced sterilization of black women by depovera a funded program to push the defective drug....
Posted by Lisa Hughey
After the birth of my daughter when I was 34 (1989) . i was told I could no longer get the Pill but, a great new injection was on the market! My first shot was Sept 89 for 6 years I was depressed, paranoid, became an alcoholic, had fits of drunken rage became a shoplifter. This all lasted 5 1\2 years until it was out of my system! It was too late it destroyed my life! If any one had a similar experience I would love to know. Please e-mail me your story!
Posted by RB
I would like to contact Joanna Kopecky who posted the comment regarding her daughter having a stroke after being administered depo provera shots. I suffered a stroke in August 2014 and was taking depo provera. I was being given double the dosage and was also told I had several mini strokes and currently have a large blockage in one of my main arteries in my brain. I would like to speak with Ms. Joanna Kopecky, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
on August 4, 2014
My 20yr old daughter has been on the depo shot for a few years.A little over a week ago, she had a large stroke. We were also told that they saw mini strokes also in her MRI and CAT scans. This shouldn't happen to anyone, much less a 20yr old. Discourage anyone who uses depo and have them get informed,please. It may save their life.
Posted by Lyra Jones
I began taking depo at 14 and took it strait until I was 19. I was discharged from the military at that time diagnosed with recurring stress fractures due to low bone density and then subsequently arthritis at age 19. I quit taking the shot and immediatly became pregnant. My daughter carried to term but was born with devastating birth defects that I did not realize may be linked to my long term use of this drug. I also suffered from terrible endometriosis and cervical cancer and had to have a hysterectomy two years ago. If all of that was not bad enough, I am 34 years old and am sporting a full set of dentures because all of my teeth rotted out. And I haven't even gone into the mental health issues I have had to deal with. It is safe to say that depo clearly ruined my life! I just hope the statute of limitations has not run out! They should pay! Not only for the women's lives that were ruined but for the innocent children born affected by things that were no way in their control!
Posted by Hannah Jensen
Hi my name is Hannah and I was out on the shot when I was 13 by my father a single parent. I stayed on the shot till I was 22. I went from never having a single cavity till around 15 y/o and after that I had cavity's everytime I went to the dentist and now at 28 I am loosing teeth being root canals and having to get extensive dental work. My doctor told me it was most likely from being on the shot so long and that I will most likely have a lot of issues with bone loss and osteoporosis and it was all from being on the shot for as long as I was I have had multiple broken bones from minor injuries and can not hold pregnancies I always miscarry not to mention multiple ovarian cyst and other problem I can't believe how much destruction this shot is done to my body and I'm scared to get older with the threat of osteoporosis and everything elseI cannot believe the shot was ever approved and I cannot believe I was on it for as long as I was. my doctor never warned me about any of these risk factors or told me to take calcium. I'm too young for this...
Posted by kathy
The Depo shot is from terrible, I've been getting it off and on since 1996. And was told in 2005 that I should not get it unless I'm taking vitamin c and d while on the shot. I am 36 I've had a bone density scan which shows I have osteopenia, and spine bone loss. I have anxiety which I have never had, headaches, major mood swings, this shot is from the devil.
Posted by Amanda
I was 15-16 when I first got the shot. I was in a group home for girls and fairly sexually active.
I remember they never gave me a choice if I wanted to use the birth control pills over a shot.
I was on it all of a year. I then stopped the depo shot altogether.
Five years later, I had my first surgery due to endometriosis. I have cysts now that play jokes with me every month. Deciding if I'm going to be in pain that month or not.
I've been told that I have a 70-90% chance of ever having a child of my own, which means never!
Almost 12 years later, a diagnostic was done to my system that showed that due to that shot I have gained weight, grew facial hair, have cysts every month and suffer from endometriosis all because of that shot. They gave me MORE in that shot than they would give someone in just a few years time!
I would love to sue the company responsible for my pain and anguish and put the company to shame for destroying women's bodies!
NEVER EVER take this shot!
Posted by Mary Hardin
Hello, my name is Mary Hardin. I am now 23 years old. I got my first shot of depo during the end of my junior year of highschool, and then the next three months later, and the last shot three months after that. I was told that depo was a contraceptive that could regulate my period not only in length of time but also in the heaviness of my flow. I was also told that it would helpnwoth cramps and my intense migraine. I was aware that I could have a reaction and me on my period inversely for three months after my last shot. (But not for 11 months, not until the patient becomes anemic) The excuse was that the depo was regulating my period, 'getting it on the right track'. By inversely, I mean that I was on my period for a month straight then off for a couple days. 8 months later, with the same side effects; heavy non-stop flow, blood clots, worse migraines, and the most intolerable cramps I have ever experienced. I stoppped caring about school, to embarrassed to go, no one believed me, I was left to fend for myself. Once I became anemic, and pale in the face close to passing out. I had to go to the emergency room for being anemic. I was given iron supplements, a transvaginal ultrasound, and a larger than I could afford medical bill. I was on my period inversely for 11 months straight. The cost of sanitary napkins alone left me penniless. I got to the point that I was using wash rags because it was alot cheaper, and I could wash them by hand and reuse. I lost my sanity, my self worth and now with all this underway I feel like i am no longer fertile. I have always wanted to be a mother, to have a family of my own, and now because of depo I may have lost that chance. Since then I have fallen into a deep depression, my self esteem hhas greatly decreased. I'm at a loss of words. Depo is one of the worst things you can do. I advise everyone and everyone to spread the word to not condone to this medical birth control treatment. How can they get away with this? Now that I know I'm not alone in this, I won't stop until depo is no longer an option.
Posted by julia garcia
people check under depo provera lawsuit I have been on it for almost twenty years and thought I was in heaven. Now i know that i am not. I have been experiencing symptoms for a longtime not knowing it was due to the depo. Im shocked and hurt.
Posted by sarah
Hi, I have been on this injection just over 16 yrs with a break in between to have a child and I fell pregnant virtually straight away due to an internal investigation when I was spotting. I have been ill on and off since January and never thought it was the injection until my last one in June, I was so ill and then 1 st August I went to a&e with calf pain and was told I had dvt probably caused by my contraception injection. It was a. Shock!! To say the least. Now I think about it I was short tempered, gained around 4 stone over the years when not dieting and not much sex drive. I am hoping I do not get another clot and will not be using birth control again.
Posted by Aisha Goodson
Hello my name is Aisha Goodson and I am 33. In the years of 98-99 I was on the depo shot and had to get off because it had given me a dysfunctional bleeding. It started out my period would come on and I would bleed heavy for 10 days at a time. The last time I had taken a shot my period came on and stayed on for two months straight, I finally went to the emergency room because it was extremely heavy. At that time theytold me at Jackson Hospital that I had a dysfunctional bleeding. I was unaware that this was gonna cause me the problems that I have now, at the Autauga county health department they didn't tell me the risks that I was taking,and no as a young lady I didn't think that I would have too. 20 years later I am in kidney failure because of my anemia,diabetes, and hypertensio. The anemia is because of the constant blood loss that I have because I bleed so heavy on my period, it's so bad that I have had 3 blood transfusions. Because of it now i am on dialysis and my life is gone because I wanted get on birth control. My questions and concerns are; can sue the makers of the depo shot, or is there anything I can do. If so I need a lawyer that o don't pay unless o collect.
Posted by Dwellarie Bell
Hi-I started Depo in 1996 to help me to gain weight. I didn't gain any weight at all. I was not told that I could only take this shot for 2 years until 2013. My GYN doctor gave me a bone density test and recommended I stop taking this shot due to the results of my bone density test which was not very good. During the time I was taking this shot I never linked my hair loss, depression, stomach issues, joint pain, tooth pain, skin rash (eczema on the breast), strong urine odor, headaches, sweating to this shot. It is now September 2014 and I have not received my menstrual cycle back. My last menstrual cycle was 2003 and before that 1996. I am 48 years old and going through menopause I guess, I really don't know since not having a cycle for many years. I am have teeth pain everyday, had to have teeth pulled, teeth are chipping and cracking this has been hell for me thank god I didn't want any more children because this shot will destroy your reproductive system. I do not recommend this shot to anyone.
Posted by Joanna Kopecky
My 20yr old daughter has been on the depo shot for a few years.A little over a week ago, she had a large stroke. We were also told that they saw mini strokes also in her MRI and CAT scans. This shouldn't happen to anyone, much less a 20yr old. Discourage anyone who uses depo and have them get informed,please. It may save their life.
Posted by Helene
I am 50 years old and have been going crazy wondering why I have suddenly been experiencing unusual bone, allergy and skin problems. Luckily a newspaper article that indicated a relationship between bones problems and prescription meds prompted me to research Depo Provera which I took from 2002 - 2009. Fortunately or unfortunately I found the problem postings of other Depo users and saw that I have experienced most all the problems of other Depo users. At least I now know the cause.
My very first unusual problem happened in 2010 when I stood up from a chair and suddenly my ankle fractured for no apparent reason.
In 2013 I tripped and broke my fall with my hand and thus severely fracturing my wrist which required surgery to install 6 pins and a plate to hold my wrist together.
In 2014 I took a simple slip on my butt that resulted in a rib fracture which caused bleeding of the lung and fluid in the lung. I am presently recuperating after a week stay in the hospital. The doctors said my bone fractures resemble that of an 80 year old women. I have scheduled a bone density test to determine the amount of harm Depo has actually caused my bones.
I addition to my bone problems, I have become allergic to a salve that I have used for many years to treat minor burns. Using this salve has caused a rash all over my body with an uncontrollable itch. I am presently treating this rash with a strong steroid clobetasol protionate cream .05% which appears to be helping.
Also, my doctor has informed me I have contracted severe eczema.
As I find solutions to my medical issues I will post to the web so others may possibly benefit from my treatment. Has anyone known of a successful claim against Pfizer for the harm they have caused thousands of women, many of whom do not even know Pfizer is the culprit.
Posted by BARBARA
I am 40 years old. When I was 18 years old, I was given my first Depo Provera shot because I had severe Endometriosis. I had extremely painful periods and I was given the shot to stop them all together. Instead, I started to bleed. They gave me the second shot early, I still kept bleeding. I received the first shot in October of 1993. In February of 1994, I was still bleeding and was sent to immediate surgery by another doctor. I was 123 lbs when I got my first shot. In February 1994, I was 98lbs. I am just under 5'9".
He did a laparscopy and removed the endometriosis that was tying off my bowell. It was ready to explode. A few weeks later, I started to bleed again. The new Dr. gave me a short blast of progesterone and that stopped it. With my very next period, all of my original symptoms were back.
I spent my life on one birth control or another and they are all equally garbage. I threw them all away around 2003. I refused to take any more. I thought to myself, something will burst and then they will have to give me a hysterectomy and stop all of this.
I have spent almost my entire adult life sick, depressed, too happy, hormone issues, crying, acne, migraines, diarrhea, sore throats, it was as if my body was allergic to the entire menstruation process.
In 2005 I met a doctor who promised she would give me a hysterectomy if I would spend 6 months on Lupron Depot. six months turned into 12 because it did not work the first time. I was so sick from these shots. My body couldn't even regulate its own temperature. I was wearing three layers of clothes in July in the middle of a lake. Everyone else, was swimming. I still have hot flashes and temperature issues.
In 2006, I got my hysterectomy and that was supposed to solve everything. During the hysterectomy, they discovered my appendix was ready to burst so they did an appendectomy as well. They performed a hysterectomy, appendectomy, lasic excision of endometriosis, old adhesions, and fibroid tissue and they did a Cystoscopy to see if I had IC, which of course, I now have.
I too cracked a tooth a couple years ago and had to get a crown. It was simply from grinding my teeth at night.
It's 2014 and I still have Endometriosis, Hypothyroidism, Osteopenia, Intersticial Cystitus, Celiac Disease and everyday things seem to get worse.
I have terrible food intolerances and my allergies are getting worse every year. I never had them before.
Right now I weight 113 lbs. I am usually around 120 lbs. Most of my diseases have specific diets and they have taken a great deal of my food away. I feel like I am starving to death.
The makers of both Depo Provera and Lupron Depo need to be held responsible for their toxic miracle drugs. These pharmasutical companies get away with murdering people every day and no one seems to care.
In a perfect world, our government themselves would take responsibility for this. They are the ones allowing this stuff on the street. We die so they can get rich. God Bless America.
Posted by Emccormick72
I am now 42 and have been using Depo Provera 10 yrs now, due to adenomas on liver which prevents me from using estrogen. I have been diagnosed with low vitamin D last year. I also developed psoriasis on my scalp thought to be due to stress and trauma plus low vitamin D. Now my joints in my hands and feet ache like mad. So now I suspect I've developed psoriasis arthritis, strongly suspicious if it was caused by Depo Provera. I am seen by different Dr's (MD & GYN) so none of them have put puzzle together. I just started paying closer attention to my own body and age being a real concern so I started researching it all. Very concerned about my health.
Posted by Dolores Zonghetti on behalf of Alexis Friend (my daughter)
My daughter had 1 shot ( at the age of 17) of depo since then she has had several issues connected such as- her period is very irregular,non stop bleeding, severe cramps , headaches severe, as well as other medical issues just to start with she was not given a physical before the shot to make sure it was the perfect choice for her and her body. Now the doctor / clinic will not give her a follow up appointment nor answer her questions concerning her symptoms.
Posted by Carla Long
I've been on depo for 13 years. I just found out 10 years should be the max. The next week I stepped out of bed and broke my right ankle. Just like that. I didn't trip, the floor was clean. I had to crawl to the toilet. Now I've been out of work for 5 weeks and I don't know how much longer. I'm a waitress, so there is no light duty work when you can't walk or drive.
Posted by Trish Hughes
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
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
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.
Posted by Courtney Reed
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
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
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 email@example.com
Posted by Shara
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll talk it all out.
Posted by Bonnie
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
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
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
depo have destroyed my life I am suffering from all kinds of health problems now
Posted by Kelly Mock
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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