conjugated estrogens (oral) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking conjugated estrogens (Cenestin, Enjuvia, Premarin)?
Do not use conjugated estrogens if you have:
Before using conjugated estrogens, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
Conjugated estrogens increase your risk of developing endometrial hyperplasia, a condition that may lead to cancer of the uterus. Taking progestins while using conjugated estrogens may lower this risk. If your uterus has not been removed, your doctor may prescribe a progestin for you to take while you are using conjugated estrogens.
Long-term conjugated estrogens treatment may increase your risk of stroke or blood clots. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks before using conjugated estrogens 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.
FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use conjugated estrogens if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication.
Conjugated estrogens can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. This medication may also slow breast milk production. Do not use if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I take conjugated estrogens (Cenestin, Enjuvia, Premarin)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
Conjugated estrogens are sometimes taken on a daily basis. For certain conditions, the medication is given in a cycle, such as 3 weeks on followed by 1 week off. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medication with a full glass of water.
You may take conjugated estrogens with or without food. Try to take the medicine at the same time each day.
Have regular physical exams and self-examine your breasts for lumps on a monthly basis while using conjugated estrogens.
It is important to take conjugated estrogens regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your thyroid function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are taking conjugated estrogens. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
This medication can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using conjugated estrogens.
Store conjugated estrogens at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the medicine container tightly closed.
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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