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Vagifem Vagl



This medication is a female estrogen hormone (estradiol) and is usually given to women who no longer produce the amount of estrogen they produced before menopause. It is a very effective treatment for reducing vaginal menopause symptoms (e.g., dryness, burning, itching).

 
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This medication is a female estrogen hormone (estradiol) and is usually given to women who no longer produce the amount of estrogen they produced before menopause. It is a very effective treatment for reducing vaginal menopause symptoms (e.g., dryness, burning, itching).
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.
  • Keep all medical and laboratory appointments.
  • You should have a complete physical examination that includes blood pressure measurements and breast/pelvic examinations at regular intervals (e.g., once a year) or as directed by your doctor.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions on how to examine your own breasts and report any lumps immediately.
  • You should also be regularly screened for cervical cancer (e.g., Pap test) and have periodic mammograms as determined by your doctor.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.To help manage hot flashes, keep a cool body temperature (e.g., use a fan, drink cool beverages, dress lightly/in layers, avoid hot/spicy foods).
  • Limiting caffeine and alcohol, exercising regularly, and learning relaxation techniques may also help reduce hot flashes.
  • Vaginal lubricants can help lessen discomfort during intercourse.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature about 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include severe nausea/vomiting or excessive vaginal bleeding.

How To Use
  • Follow the instructions and dosing schedule carefully.Insert the applicator into the vagina as directed and push the plunger to release the medication.
  • Insert one tablet vaginally once daily for the first two weeks and then one tablet twice a week, or as directed by your doctor.
  • It is best to schedule each dose about the same time of the day.Inform your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen.

Side Effects
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, stomach upset, bloating, nausea, weight changes, increased/decreased interest in sex, and breast tenderness may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., severe depression, memory loss), vision changes (e.g., change in contact lens fit, loss of vision), swelling of hands or feet, breast lumps, unusual vaginal bleeding (e.g., spotting, breakthrough bleeding, prolonged/recurrent bleeding), unusual vaginal discharge/itching/odor, yellowing eyes or skin.Seek immediate medical attention if any of these unlikely but very serious side effects occur: calf pain/swelling, sudden severe headache, chest pain, trouble breathing, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech.A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using estradiol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding, certain cancers (e.g., breast cancer, especially non-metastatic type), blood clots, active/recent stroke or heart attack.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: family medical history (e.g., especially breast lumps and cancer), asthma, diabetes, seizures, migraine headaches, liver disease, heart disease (e.g., high blood pressure, heart attacks, congestive heart failure), kidney disease, low thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), abnormal calcium level in the blood, depression, high blood pressure during pregnancy (toxemia), yellowing of eyes and skin (cholestatic jaundice) during pregnancy or with past estrogen use, womb problems (e.g., uterine fibroids, endometriosis), cholesterol or lipid problems, gallbladder disease, excessive weight gain, certain blood disorder (porphyria).If you will be having surgery or will be confined to a chair or bed for a long period of time (e.g., a long plane flight), notify your doctor beforehand.
  • Special precautions may need to be taken in these circumstances while you are taking this drug.This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.This drug may cause a patchy darkening of the skin on the face (melasma).
  • Sunlight may intensify this darkening and you may need to avoid prolonged sun exposure and sunlamps.
  • Consult your doctor regarding use of sunscreens and protective clothing.Cigarette smoking can increase the chance of blood clots while taking this medicine (especially in women over the age of 35).This medication must not be used during pregnancy.
  • If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk.
  • Estrogens may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant.
  • Therefore, breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: other vaginal products.This product can affect the results of certain lab tests.
  • Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug.

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