Premarin 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. Premarin contains the female hormone; conjugated estrogens, which work 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 Premarin, can restore the natural hormone balance.
Premarin 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. When you finish a pack, you should immediately start the next one, leaving you with no tablet-free days.
If you are not already taking an HRT product or if you are taking an HRT product that does not give you a monthly bleed, you may start your first pack of Premarin at any convenient time. If you are changing from an HRT product that gives you a monthly bleed, you should start Premarin the day after you finish the course of the previous product.
Premarin contains the active ingredient of the female hormone, oestrogen. The tablets are available in different strengths and your doctor will prescribe you the weakest one possible.
The tablets are available in doses of 0.3 mg, 0.625 mg & 1.25 mg of conjugated estrogens per day, to be decided upon by your doctor.
If you forget to take your Premarin 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.
If you take more Premarin than you should, then you should have no problems. However, you may have side effects like nausea, breast tenderness, abdominal pain or drowsiness. If you are worried then you should contact your doctor.
Before taking Premarin, you should always first consult your doctor. You should not take Premarin if any of the following apply to you:
Your prescription of Premarin 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, Premarin 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 Premarin 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 most common side effects of using Premarin 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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