Symptoms from Depo-Provera shot

Posted by meowrightmeow @meowrightmeow, Aug 11, 2018

I have been suffering from anxiety for quite some time. I went in to see a dr for it July 18 and they were more interested in giving me birth control than controlling the anxiety. I was put on the depo shot and now I feel like I’m losing my mind! Constant anxiety no matter what, random panic attacks. I got some help recently and was put on Clonazepam .25 twice a day and Prozac. I am taking the clonazepam twice a day and I don’t think it’s strong enough. The anxiety tends to break though. I have Ativan as well and that’s what I was using before for the panic attacks. 1mg I often cut in half. The dr did say I could use them together if I really needed to but I’m afraid to. Anyone else have similar troubles?

@sabrinaperez08

But now I wanna get off of it so I won't take my 2nd shot but I was reading other girls experiences and they said it was bad but I don't know if it's Bc they been on it for years cuz I heard your only supposed to take it for 1 or 2 years but I'm so scared to get off of it now @catcatanzaro60

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@sabrinaperez08, nervousness and depression are listed as side effects of medroxyprogesterone (Depo-Provera) shot. I highly recommend talking to your doctor about whether to continue or to consider another option of birth control. Are you still feeling anxious and suffering from panic attacks or have those feelings lessened since you had the shot?

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@colleenyoung

@sabrinaperez08, nervousness and depression are listed as side effects of medroxyprogesterone (Depo-Provera) shot. I highly recommend talking to your doctor about whether to continue or to consider another option of birth control. Are you still feeling anxious and suffering from panic attacks or have those feelings lessened since you had the shot?

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@colleenyoung it's still the same I feel like its got worsen since my next due date is Feb 1st but it might be me who's making it worst by thinking about Alot but I get numb hands and arms then I feel dizzy and can't focus I'm 18 turning 19 in 3 days and I'm super scared I hate this feeling I just want it gone I want to switch to a non hormonal birth Control but I heard for that to happen I have to wait for the control to come out my system and Idk how ling thats gonna be cuz I read other girls experiences and they didn't get back to normal for about a year or more but I don't know if that's Bc they been on it for more then 2 years cuz I only been on my first shot for almost 3 months it's gonna be 3 months on Feb 1st

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@sabrinaperez08 I too have been experiencing these symptoms, I have been on depo for a little over a year and although I do no take medicine for my anxiety I do feel super nervous and shaky. I wish there was something that could stop these feelings because they make me feel super anxious and scared and confused, my doctor just said if I feel worse to go see my regular doctor to get medicine, just know you are not alone, I was going to stop being on the shot but iwent back on because my partner and I were not really good at practicing safe sex so I decided to just go back.

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@colleenyoung

@sabrinaperez08, nervousness and depression are listed as side effects of medroxyprogesterone (Depo-Provera) shot. I highly recommend talking to your doctor about whether to continue or to consider another option of birth control. Are you still feeling anxious and suffering from panic attacks or have those feelings lessened since you had the shot?

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@colleenyoung I too have felt these sypmtoms, do you believe that they will lessen? The very first day that I got the shot my body got super anxious and scared, it is day two and I had multiple mini panic attacks, usually when I felt them starting I was able to control myself but now I am very scared that these symptoms might just get a bit worse.

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@svazquez_13

@colleenyoung I too have felt these sypmtoms, do you believe that they will lessen? The very first day that I got the shot my body got super anxious and scared, it is day two and I had multiple mini panic attacks, usually when I felt them starting I was able to control myself but now I am very scared that these symptoms might just get a bit worse.

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Hi, @svazquez_13, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Feeling anxious and scared and trying to control that is very hard. We are not medical professionals, but we can say, as @colleenyoung mentioned, that nervousness and depression are listed as side effects of the medroxyprogesterone (Depo-Provera) shot.

Have you had the opportunity to talk with your regular doctor about what you've been experiencing? If so, did he or she have a recommendation on either another form of birth control or how the possible side effects of the shot might be addressed?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @svazquez_13, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Feeling anxious and scared and trying to control that is very hard. We are not medical professionals, but we can say, as @colleenyoung mentioned, that nervousness and depression are listed as side effects of the medroxyprogesterone (Depo-Provera) shot.

Have you had the opportunity to talk with your regular doctor about what you've been experiencing? If so, did he or she have a recommendation on either another form of birth control or how the possible side effects of the shot might be addressed?

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@colleenyoung hi yes I spoke with the doctor who gives me my shots about the symptoms I was feeling and all he told me was there is nothing that can be done to stop these feelings unfortunately and that all that he recommended is to walk on the treadmill or run on the treadmill as it will help ease out my anxiety. I did mean to ask is nausea a side effect? Also I’ve noticed only my left side of my body tends to get super shaky and trembling and I do at times feel tightness in my chest is that a normal symptom of the depo shot?

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@svazquez_13

@colleenyoung hi yes I spoke with the doctor who gives me my shots about the symptoms I was feeling and all he told me was there is nothing that can be done to stop these feelings unfortunately and that all that he recommended is to walk on the treadmill or run on the treadmill as it will help ease out my anxiety. I did mean to ask is nausea a side effect? Also I’ve noticed only my left side of my body tends to get super shaky and trembling and I do at times feel tightness in my chest is that a normal symptom of the depo shot?

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Hi, @svazquez_13 – here is some information on the Depo-Provera shot from Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/depo-provera/about/pac-20392204. Though I see abdominal pains mentioned as a potential side effect, I do not see nausea.

Hoping that @sabrinaperez08 @meowrightmeow @lisa3183, who have all talked about Depo Provera, will weigh in on whether they may have experienced anxiousness, panic, chest tightening or shakiness with getting this shot. @hopeful33250 may also have some thoughts.

I know that for me, I tried one form of birth control, the copper IUD, that did not end up being a fit for me, as I experienced out of control bleeding. I had to change to a different birth control. Is another birth control form possible for you?

If you are still concerned, @svazquez_13, is there another doctor you might consult for a second opinion?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @svazquez_13 – here is some information on the Depo-Provera shot from Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/depo-provera/about/pac-20392204. Though I see abdominal pains mentioned as a potential side effect, I do not see nausea.

Hoping that @sabrinaperez08 @meowrightmeow @lisa3183, who have all talked about Depo Provera, will weigh in on whether they may have experienced anxiousness, panic, chest tightening or shakiness with getting this shot. @hopeful33250 may also have some thoughts.

I know that for me, I tried one form of birth control, the copper IUD, that did not end up being a fit for me, as I experienced out of control bleeding. I had to change to a different birth control. Is another birth control form possible for you?

If you are still concerned, @svazquez_13, is there another doctor you might consult for a second opinion?

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@lisalucier I have not yet gone to my primary care doctor as I am going to school and therefore cannot often go see him, however the doctor who gave me the shot mentioned that unfortunately once he injects the shot there really isn’t anything he can really do and I would have to wait until three months to for it to wear off. I really am concerned that the side effects will not decrease, as I remember from my previous shot I was the same, same symptoms and this time this shot has made me feel the symptoms way more. There also was a point in time where I just completely lost all my appetite I stopped eating for two weeks and my face was turning yellow. When running for tests at my primary doctor all he told me was that it might have been due to a UTI I had contacted. But now I am wondering if it was the UTI or the depo shot

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I received the depo provera shot for the first time, 4 days into my period on Wednesday February 6th.
When i received the shot my period stopped immediately.
My doctor said i should be covered since i was already on my period.

Saturday February 9th i had sexual intercourse with my boyfriend.
An hour after the intercourse i got a stomach ache. It went away after i went to sleep.
(We suspected it was because i hadn’t eaten that day)

Feburary 17th i started to spotting. I have continued to spot since. It is currently march 1st and i am still spotting.
My spotting was a darker red than my usual period so i assumed it was blood from when my period initially stopped finally being let out.

My period was set to start February 27th. It started. Menstrual blood the usual brighter red color. It was light and then it stopped. And i went back to spotting.

I noticed today (march 1st) ive gained a bit of stomach weight. No where else. Im unsure if its because one of the side effects of the depo provera was weight gain or if i may be pregnant. However shouldnt the shot have stopped pregnancy.

I have no pregnancy symptoms other than i look bloated

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@ohkaney

I received the depo provera shot for the first time, 4 days into my period on Wednesday February 6th.
When i received the shot my period stopped immediately.
My doctor said i should be covered since i was already on my period.

Saturday February 9th i had sexual intercourse with my boyfriend.
An hour after the intercourse i got a stomach ache. It went away after i went to sleep.
(We suspected it was because i hadn’t eaten that day)

Feburary 17th i started to spotting. I have continued to spot since. It is currently march 1st and i am still spotting.
My spotting was a darker red than my usual period so i assumed it was blood from when my period initially stopped finally being let out.

My period was set to start February 27th. It started. Menstrual blood the usual brighter red color. It was light and then it stopped. And i went back to spotting.

I noticed today (march 1st) ive gained a bit of stomach weight. No where else. Im unsure if its because one of the side effects of the depo provera was weight gain or if i may be pregnant. However shouldnt the shot have stopped pregnancy.

I have no pregnancy symptoms other than i look bloated

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Welcome to Connect, @ohkaney. You'll notice that I moved your message about symptoms from the Depo shot and your concern about being pregnant to this existing discussion. I did this so you could more easily meet other members who have experience with depo-provera.

According to this website from Planned Parenthood, spotting and weight gain are common side effects of depo-provera. It states,
"Most women have some change in their periods, including bleeding more days than usual, spotting between periods, or no periods. This is most common during the first year."
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-shot/what-are-the-disadvantages-of-the-birth-control-shot

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@svazquez_13

@sabrinaperez08 I too have been experiencing these symptoms, I have been on depo for a little over a year and although I do no take medicine for my anxiety I do feel super nervous and shaky. I wish there was something that could stop these feelings because they make me feel super anxious and scared and confused, my doctor just said if I feel worse to go see my regular doctor to get medicine, just know you are not alone, I was going to stop being on the shot but iwent back on because my partner and I were not really good at practicing safe sex so I decided to just go back.

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I took the depa shot over 17 years ago and I have such severe anxiety that I can’t even leave my home,, first I got the hives off of it then terrible anxiety to where I started losing a pound a day because my anxiety was eating my food! I went to Mayo Clinic And they did every test that could be done, finally the last test was a written test, after I finished the test the doctor threw the paper across the room because she was so upset that my primary doctor couldn’t figure this out, I was put on Xanax after that and they were bars and I was taking up to 25 a day and my anxiety had me still flying out of control, they also put me on remron to help me put weight back on, however I still needed something else besides Xanax because it wasn’t working and I was so tired of popping pills, then my doctor put me on Clonazepam 2 mg a day and I started feeling normal again as almost reborn!!! No highs I just felt like I did before I took that horrible shot, now after 15 years later my doctor took me off of them and I had to ween off but ended up right back where I started!!!! I don’t know what to do now!! Losing my weight and afraid of everything this anxiety is over taking my life and no Dr wants to help!!!! What do I do???

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@londysue

I took the depa shot over 17 years ago and I have such severe anxiety that I can’t even leave my home,, first I got the hives off of it then terrible anxiety to where I started losing a pound a day because my anxiety was eating my food! I went to Mayo Clinic And they did every test that could be done, finally the last test was a written test, after I finished the test the doctor threw the paper across the room because she was so upset that my primary doctor couldn’t figure this out, I was put on Xanax after that and they were bars and I was taking up to 25 a day and my anxiety had me still flying out of control, they also put me on remron to help me put weight back on, however I still needed something else besides Xanax because it wasn’t working and I was so tired of popping pills, then my doctor put me on Clonazepam 2 mg a day and I started feeling normal again as almost reborn!!! No highs I just felt like I did before I took that horrible shot, now after 15 years later my doctor took me off of them and I had to ween off but ended up right back where I started!!!! I don’t know what to do now!! Losing my weight and afraid of everything this anxiety is over taking my life and no Dr wants to help!!!! What do I do???

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My name is Yolonda Reczek and I live in Illinois maybe you can find my records, I am the one who reported the post above

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