Estrace
DESCRIPTION

Estrace is a type of female hormone. It is commonly used by women to reduce various symptoms of menopause.

How it works

Since menopause symptoms are caused by lack of estrogen, this medication works by replacing this hormone in the female body. This way, it is able to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

Uses

The medication is primarily used to alleviate menopause symptoms. This includes symptoms such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes. This medication can also be used by women to prevent bone loss which is likely to occur after menopause. It is important to note that this medication can also be used to treat certain types of cancer in both men and women.

Dosage

This medication can be taken by mouth, with or without food. If you experience stomach upset, it is best to consume the drug with food. When using this medication as extended-release tablets, make sure not to chew, crush or bite them. This can release the entire drug in your mouth and thereby increase your risk towards the side effects. Therefore, make sure to swallow it whole without breaking it.

In order to benefit from this medication, you need to follow the treatment regularly. You cannot miss your doses since it can interrupt the effectiveness of the treatment. You need to follow your dose schedule at all times. If you keep missing your dosages, take the prescribed amount at the same time every day. This way, you are less likely to forget.

If you are using this medication to treat symptoms that occur in the vaginal area, then it is best to use products that are directly applied inside the vagina as they will be more effective than tablets. The dosage and dose schedule must only be determined by a healthcare provider. If your complaint worsens or continues during the treatment period, inform your physician beforehand.

Side effects

During the treatment period, you may or may not experience some of the following side effects.

Breast tenderness
Stomach upset
Headaches
Nausea
Vomiting
Weight changes
Bloating

Even though these side effects disappear within a day or two, there is a chance for them to persist or worsen. In this case, you must get immediate medical help.

Precautions

The following are some precautionary methods which you must strictly adhere to during the course of the treatment.

Inform your physician if you are allergic to any of the active ingredients in this medication.
If you have a history of high blood pressure or diabetes, inform your physician beforehand.
Do not smoke or use tobacco as it can further increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
This medication can result in melasma. Therefore, it is best to avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning booths.
Be careful when giving this medication to children as they are more sensitive to the side effects.

Self-care

Do not use this medication if you get pregnant during the treatment period. Using this medication during this period can harm your baby.

It is not recommended to nurse a baby while consuming this medication as Estrace can be passed onto infants via breast milk.

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