DRUGS & SUPPLEMENTS
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Oestrogel is a female sex hormone that regulates many functions in the female organism. This medicine is currently available under the form of tablets in two concentrations - 1 mg and 2 mg, respectively.
Oestrogel is used for the treatment of menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, irritation or burning, or hot flushes - other symptoms that are not listed here may be treated with this medicine as well. Also, this pharmaceutical preparation can be used as a prophylactic agent for the prevention of a medical condition known as osteoporosis in both female and male patients. In some cases, this medicine may also be employed in conjunction with other drugs as part of the treatment for certain types of cancer, both in the case of women and men.
There may be other uses for Oestrogel, which are not covered in this leaflet. If you are interested to find out more about the possible uses of this product, it is recommended that you consult with a pharmacist or a specialized physician.
Oestrogel should not be administered to patients that are suffering from any type of disorder involving blood clots, or from circulatory / cardiac disorders. Patients who present an undiagnosed, abnormal vaginal bleeding may not start taking this medicine until they undergo medical examination and receive their physician's approval. Also, patients that have uterine cancer, breast cancer or any type of hormone-dependant cancer may not start a treatment with Oestrogel.
Before you start a therapy course with this drug, it is strongly advised to inform your personal physician of any health problems you may be suffering from. In particular, affections such as hypertension, heart disease, angina, high triglyceride / cholesterol levels, renal or hepatic disease, asthma, migraines, epilepsy, diabetes or gallbladder disease should be mentioned, as well as past surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy. Patients suffering from these conditions may require special dosage adjustments or monitoring during the treatment.
Oestrogel may not be administered during pregnancy. Also, for the duration of the therapy you will need to employ an effective, non-hormonal contraceptive method.
Pharmaceutical products based on Oestrogel (including Oestrogel) increase the patients' risk of developing an affection known as endometrial hyperplasia. This can be countered by administration of progestin medication. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor for more information.
You need to take Oestrogel exactly as directed by your health care specialist. You may take the tablets with a glass of water or with food to reduce stomach upset; however you may not chew, crush or break the tablets.
While following a treatment course with Oestrogel you will need to undergo regular medical examination, typically on a monthly basis. Also, you will need to regularly self-examine your breasts for the presence of lumps.
Your health care specialist will determine the Oestrogel dosage appropriate for your case by taking into consideration a number of factors, most of which are characteristic to you; as such, your medication dosage is very likely to be different from that of other patients'. Because of that, you should never use the Oestrogel dosage that has been prescribed to another patient - you may not obtain the desired results unless you employ the medication dosage best suited for your situation.
At the same time, your physician will inform you regarding the duration of the Oestrogel therapy and the number of daily intakes. Make sure that you understand all of his or her indications. If you have trouble understanding or remembering any of the dosage directions, you should ask your physician to assist you by providing additional information.
If an overdose with Oestrogel is suspected, immediately contact the nearest hospital as the patient may need emergency medical assistance. The most common signs of an overdose are vaginal bleeding, nausea and vomiting.
In the event that you miss taking one of your Oestrogel doses, take it when you remember before returning to your normal dosing schedule. However, you should skip taking the missed dose if it is almost time for another dose of the medicine. Consult with your physician if you have missed two or more intakes.
Side effects of a treatment with Oestrogel include nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, swelling of the breasts, sex drive changes, impotence, abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal dryness, discomfort or pain, break-through bleeding, menstrual period changes, jaundice, sudden weakness or numbness, breast lumps. These are not all the signs and symptoms that may appear. It is best that you check with your doctor at any point during the course of your therapy if anything unusual occurs.
Although uncommon, allergic reactions to Oestrogel are possible. It is strongly recommended that you cease taking the medicine and contact your personal health care provider if you begin experiencing any of the characteristic symptoms - breathing difficulties, swelling of the throat, lips, tongue or face, rashes and hives.
Oestrogel may interact with Phenobarbital, Phenytoin, Ritonavir, Cimetidine, Carbamazepine, Rifampin, blood thinning agents such as Warfarin or with antibiotics (Clarithromycin, Erythromycin, Ketoconazole or Itraconazole). Also, this product may interact with the herbal remedy St. John's wort. These are not all the possible drug reactions; it is best that you tell your prescriber about any other drugs you are currently taking prior to starting your treatment. In most cases, an adjustment to the medication dosage will ensure the safety of the treatment, reducing the risk of accidental interactions.
Depending on the reaction of the Oestrogel after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Oestrogel not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.Is Oestrogel addictive or habit forming?
Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.
Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.
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The information was verified by Dr. Rachana Salvi, MD Pharmacology