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Hormone Replacement and Osteoporosis (cont.)

Side Effects of ERT

Side effects of estrogen

Common nonemergency side effects of estrogen - Although they are not considered emergencies, talk to the doctor as soon as possible if any of the following are experienced:

  • Breast discomfort
  • Breast swelling or increased breast size
  • Bilateral swelling of the legs and feet (swelling on both the right and left sides of the body)
  • Rapid weight gain

Urgent side effects of estrogen - Call a doctor immediately if any of the following side effects are experienced and they don't go away or they become more severe:

Side effects of progestin

Emergency side effects - Call the doctor immediately if any of the following side effects are experienced:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe headache
  • Change or loss of vision
  • Severe depression
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
  • Calf pain and/or swelling (may indicate a blood clot)
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained coughing or coughing blood
  • Yellow skin or eyes

Less urgent side effects - Call the doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or simply don't seem to be going away:

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