Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Estrace Vaginal, Estring, Vagifem
Generic Name: estradiol vaginal (local) (Pronunciation: ES tra DYE ole VA jin ul (LO kul))
What is estradiol vaginal (local) (Estrace Vaginal, Estring, Vagifem)?
Estradiol is a form of estrogen, a female sex hormone that regulates many processes in the body.
Some estradiol products placed directly into the vagina are used for "local" treatment of vaginal menopause symptoms involving the secretions and surrounding tissues of the vagina. Other vaginal estradiol products are used for treating menopause symptoms affecting the vagina as well as other parts of the body (such as hot flashes). This type of vaginal estradiol has "systemic" effects, meaning that it can affect parts of the body other than where the medicine is placed or applied.
The information in this leaflet is specific to estradiol vaginal products that are used for local treatment of symptoms. Estradiol vaginal (local) is used to treat vaginal symptoms of menopause such as dryness, burning, and itching. Estradiol vaginal also reduces urgency or irritation of urination.
Estradiol vaginal (local) may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of estradiol vaginal (local) (Estrace Vaginal, Estring, Vagifem)?
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.
Remove the vaginal ring and seek emergency medical attention if you have: fever with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, dizziness, fainting, and/or sunburn-like skin rash. These may be signs of a life-threatening disease called toxic shock syndrome.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
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 estradiol vaginal (local) (Estrace Vaginal, Estring, Vagifem)?
Estradiol can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant.
You should not use this medication if you have any of the following conditions: liver disease, a bleeding disorder, unusual vaginal bleeding, a history of breast or uterine cancer, or if you have ever had a heart attack, stroke, or a blood clot.
Long-term use of estradiol may increase your risk of breast cancer, uterine cancer, heart attack, stroke, or blood clot. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks before using estradiol vaginal long term.
Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away. Have regular physical exams and self-examine your breasts for lumps on a monthly basis while using estradiol vaginal.
Estradiol vaginal should not be used to prevent heart disease, stroke, or dementia, because this medicine 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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