Livial is a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), used to treat women who have started to show signs of the menopause.
During a woman’s menopause, natural levels of oestrogen production begin to drop. There are many different types of HRT medication, most containing the hormones oestrogen, or oestrogen with progestogen. Livial acts differently in that the active substance is tibolone, which your body breaks down to make the hormones itself. This works to replenish a woman’s natural levels and offset the effects of menopause.
Symptoms of menopause include hot flashes (of the face, neck and chest), irregular menstrual cycle, night sweats, weight gain, thinning of hair and mood changes.
These symptoms can often disrupt daily life so using HRT medication, such as Livial, can restore the natural hormone balance.
Livial is a prescription-only medication. Always follow the advice of your doctor and read the patient information leaflet provided in the medication packet. Your doctor will aim to prescribe you as lower dose as possible in order to treat your symptoms.
Take one tablet each day, at approximately the same time of day, by swallowing whole with a drink of water. As soon as you finish a pack, you should immediately start the next one. The packets are marked with the days of the week to assist you in taking the tablets correctly.
You can start taking Livial on any convenient day, but if you are still having periods then you should wait for the bleeding to end and then start your treatment straight after.
Livial contains the active ingredient tibolone; each tablet contains 2.5 mg. Your doctor will prescribe you the weakest dose possible to treat your symptoms.
If you forget to take your Livial tablet then you should take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s more than 12 hours late. In this case, you should dispose of the missed tablet and resume taking the medication as normal; do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
If you take more Livial than you should, then contact your doctor, as you may start to feel (or be) sick.
Before taking Livial, you should always first consult your doctor. You should not take Livial if any of the following apply to you:
Your prescription of Livial may also be affected by a number of other factors, so you should make your doctor aware if any of the following apply:
Like many medications with active ingredients, Livial can affect or be affected by other medicines. Particular medications that you may experience this with include the following:
If you are taking any of the above medications, then you should make your doctor aware so that they can advise whether or not Livial will be the best course of action for you.
Taking HRT medication can increase your chances of excessive thickening of the lining of the womb, cancer of the womb lining, and breast cancer so be sure to pay attention to your body, inspect your breasts regularly and notify your doctor of any changes you notice.
Blood clots are higher in HRT users than in non-users, especially during the first year of taking it. Again, you should keep an eye out for any possible signs of a blood clot and contact your doctor if you notice anything different.
The upside to Livial is that the risk of developing these conditions is noticeably lower, than the risks associated with other types of HRT medication.
The most common side effects of using Livial include:
If you do experience one or more of these side effects and they persist or worsen, then inform your doctor right away. You should also contact your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects.
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