Estradiol is a type of estrogen — a hormone that plays an important role in the female body. It is used to treat menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal changes, and to prevent osteoporosis (bone loss) in menopausal women. Estradiol is also used to treat low estrogen levels in women with ovarian failure. It is also indicated to treat certain types of breast cancer and prostate cancer.
FORMS OF ESTRADIOL
Estradiol is available in several forms. Tablets, micronized: 0.5mg, 1mg, 2mg; Vaginal cream: 0.01%; Continuous release skin patch: 14 mcg/day, 0.025 mg/day, 0.0375 mg/day, 0.05 mg/day, 0.1 mg/day, 0.06 mg/day, 0.075 mg/day; Topical emulsion: 4.35 mg/1.74 g; Topical Gel: 0.25 mg/0.25 g, 0.5 mg/0.5 g, 1 mg/g; Intramuscular oil: 5 mg/mL, 10 mg/mL, 20 mg/mL, 40 mg/mL; Vaginal Ring: 0.05 mg/24 hr, 0.1 mg/24 hr.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW BEFORE TAKING?
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to estradiol, or if you have: unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by a doctor; liver disease; a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot; an increased risk of having blood clots due to a heart problem or a hereditary blood disorder; or a history of hormone-related cancer, or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina. Do not use estradiol if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. Using this medicine can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. You are even more at risk if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, if you are overweight, or if you smoke. Estradiol should not be used to prevent heart disease, stroke, or dementia, because this medicine may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions.
HOW TO USE
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to estradiol: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have: heart attack symptoms – chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating; signs of a stroke – sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance; signs of a blood clot – sudden vision loss, stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood, pain or warmth in one or both legs; swelling or tenderness in your stomach; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); memory problems, confusion, unusual behavior; unusual vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain; a lump in your breast; or nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle weakness, bone pain, lack of energy.
Common estradiol side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps; mood changes, sleep problems (insomnia); cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat; weight gain; headache, back pain, dizziness; breast pain; darkening of the skin or skin rash; thinning scalp hair; or vaginal itching or discharge, changes in your menstrual periods, breakthrough bleeding.
IS ESTRADIOL SAFE TO TAKE IF I’M PREGNANT OR BREAST FEEDING?
Estrogens should not be used during pregnancy due to an increased risk of fetal abnormalities. Estrogens are secreted in milk and cause unpredictable effects in the infant. Estrogens generally should not be used by women if they are breastfeeding.
WHAT DRUGS OR FOOD SHOULD I AVOID WHILE TAKING ESTRADIOL (ESTRACE)?
Avoid smoking. Smoking can increase your chances of receiving: blood clots, stroke, or heart attack while using estradiol. Grapefruit may interact with estradiol and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products.
Estradiol is a drug prescribed to treat the symptoms of menopause, prevention of bone fractures (osteoporosis), painful uterine bleeding, vaginal pain, dryness and atrophy associated with menopause. Estradiol is also prescribed for the treatment of breast cancer, and some cases of prostate cancer. Side effects, drug interactions, patient information, and dosage should be reviewed prior to taking this medication. Buy online at Honeybee Pharmacy, place your order at www.honeybeepharmacy.com. Honeybee Pharmacy not only offers human medications but also pet medications. HBP guarantees approved and affordable medications to all Americans. Any questions regarding your prescription medications, our licensed pharmacist will be happy to help.