Without a Prescription
Although the menopause is natural, the changes in estrogen level can give rise to distressing symptoms and problems.
During the menopause, less and less estrogen is produced.
Aygestin belongs to the group of medicines known as estrogens.
Aygestin is a naturally occurring form of estrogen, one of the female sex hormones.
Aygestin is prescribed as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat symptoms due to the menopause and to prevent osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) in post-menopausal women who have had surgery to remove the uterus (womb).
Aygestin is prescribed as oAygestin, and estrogens as oestrogens. You may notice either spelling in use on packaging.
Aygestin is prescribed for the treatment of urogenital symptoms associated with post-menopausal atrophy of the vagina (such as dryness, burning, pruritus and dyspareunia) and/or the lower urinary tract (urinary urgency and dysuria).
Aygestin is necessary for control of the menstrual cycle.
Aygestin provides the estrogen that your body has stopped producing.
However, the use of Aygestin to treat thinning of the bones is under review and other treatments for osteoporosis are usually tried first.
In addition, the loss of estrogen may, in some women, lead to thinning of the bones (osteoporosis) in later life.
Aygestin is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you suffer from migraines porphyria asthma or diabetes;
- If you suffer from liver or gall bladder problems;
- If you have ever suffered from breast cancer uterine fibroids or endometriosis;
- If you have ever suffered from blood clots (sometimes called DVT) high blood pressure heart attack or a stroke;
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine;
- If you are taking any other medicines including those available to buy without a prescription herbal or complementary medicines;
- If you are pregnant trying for a baby or breast-feeding;
Do not take Aygestin with any of the following drugs:
The enzyme inducer decreases the effect of hormones:
The estrogenic agent increases the effect of corticosteroid:
Aygestin side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- An unusual severe or prolonged headache;
- Changes in sexual desire;
- Enlarged or tender breasts;
- Fainting or collapse;
- Feeling or being sick;
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) itching pale faeces and dark urine;
- Leg cramps;
- Nose bleeds;
- Numbness affecting one side or one part of the body;
- Patches of discoloured skin;
- PMS-type symptoms;
- Severe pain in the calf of one leg;
- Skin rashes;
- Sudden breathlessness or a cough with blood-stained sputum;
- Sudden disturbance of hearing;
- Sudden or severe chest pain;
- Sudden partial or complete loss of vision;
- Tummy cramps;
- Water retention;
- Weight changes;
- Worsening of existing varicose veins;
Reported Aygestin overdose symptoms are:
- Withdrawal bleeding;
Other Brand Names
In some countries Aygestin may also be known as:
- Estrogens Esterified;
- Estrofem Forte;
- Estrofem 2;
- Estroclim 50;
- Estring Vaginal Ring;
- Estraderm Tts;
- Dimenformon Prolongatum;
- Compudose 365;
- Compudose 200;