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This medicine is a form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) used to manage the symptoms of menopause, especially hot flashes. The medicine is an oral tablet that contains an estrogen hormone called Estrodiol.
This medicine may be used to prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) and also to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
If your only symptom to be treated is vaginal dryness, it is recommended that you use an alternative treatment first. Topical gels applied to the vagina can improve symptoms and reduce the need for oral tablets that can produce side effects elsewhere in the body. Speak to your doctor if this applies to you.
In addition, there are several other medications available to treat and prevent bone loss (e.g. raloxifene or bisphosphonates), and these should be considered before using hormone therapy. Consult with your doctor to discuss.
Take this medicine as prescribed by your doctor. Read the enclosed patient information leaflet before use.
This medicine may be taken with food to prevent stomach upset.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once.
Store this medicine at room temperature in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture and light.
Before taking any new prescription or over-the-counter medications, check with your pharmacist that they are safe to take with this medicine.
This medicine may cause dizziness. Avoid driving, operating machinery and other potentially hazardous activities until you know how you react to this medicine.
Limit alcohol consumption while taking this medicine.
Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while taking this medicine. Your doctor should conduct a complete physical examination, including blood pressure measurements, breast and pelvic examinations, and a PAP test (for vaginal cancer), at least once a year. You should also have periodic mammograms as determined by your doctor. Follow your doctor's instructions for examining your own breasts, and report any lumps immediately.
The hormone in this medicine may affect certain lab test results. Advise laboratory personnel and any other doctors that you are using this medicine.
If you are having surgery or will be confined to a chair or bed for a long period of time (e.g., a long plane flight), notify your doctor beforehand. Special precautions may need to be taken in these circumstances while you are taking this medicine.
It is highly recommended that you refrain from smoking while using this medicine. Smoking increases your risk of blood clots, especially while using this medicine and if you are aged over 35.
This medicine may cause dark skin patches on your face, called melasma. Sun exposure may make these patches darker and more noticeable; therefore it is advised that you avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning booths. Consult your doctor regarding the use of sunscreens and protective clothing.
If you wear contact lenses and you develop any problems with them, contact your doctor.
Caution is advised if this medicine is prescribed for children, as it may alter their growth patterns. Their height and weight should be monitored regularly by your doctor.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. If you suspect that you may be pregnant, stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor immediately.
If you will be breast feeding while taking this medicine, contact your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks and benefits of doing this.
Estrace Side Effects
Side effects include dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, stomach upset, bloating, nausea, weight changes, altered libido, or breast tenderness. They usually subside; however if they continue or are severe, contact your doctor.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience mental or mood changes (e.g., severe depression, memory loss), calf pain or swelling, sudden severe headache, chest pain, trouble breathing, one-sided weakness, slurred speech, vision changes (e.g., change in contact lens fit, loss of vision) breast lumps, swelling of the hands or feet, changes in vaginal bleeding (e.g., spotting, breakthrough bleeding, or prolonged bleeding), unusual vaginal discharge/itching/odor, or yellowing of eyes or skin.
An allergic reaction to this medicine is very unlikely. However if it occurs, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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