Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Premphase, Prempro
Generic Name: conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone (Pronunciation: KON joo GAY ted ES troe jenz and me DOX ee proe JES ter one)
What are conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone (Premphase, Prempro)?
Conjugated estrogens are a mixture of estrogen hormones. Estrogen is a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries that is necessary for many processes in the body.
Together, conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone are used to treat the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation, and to prevent thinning of the bones (osteoporosis).
Conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone (Premphase, Prempro)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone (Premphase, Prempro)?
Do not use this medication if you have any of the following conditions: a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot (especially in your lung or your lower body), liver disease, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer.
Long-term treatment with conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone may increase your risk of breast cancer, heart attack, or stroke. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks before using this medication long term, especially if you smoke or are overweight. Your doctor should check your progress on a regular basis (every 3 to 6 months) to determine whether you should continue this treatment.
Have regular physical exams and self-examine your breasts for lumps on a monthly basis while using conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone.
Conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone should not be used to prevent heart disease or dementia, because this medication may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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