Without a Prescription
Although it relieves the physical symptoms of menopause, it won't help emotional symptoms such as depression if the physical symptoms are absent.
Estratest tablets quell the flushing, sweating, "hot flashes," and vaginal irritation that trouble three-quarters of all women when they reach menopause.
Estratest works by replacing some of the estrogen that is lost when the reproductive system shuts down.
Estrogen replacement therapy increases the risk of endometrial cancer (cancer in the lining of the uterus).
It combines supplemental estrogen with a synthetic form of the male hormone testosterone, and is prescribed when estrogen alone fails to relieve menopausal symptoms.
It's essential to have regular checkups and to report any unusual vaginal bleeding to your doctor immediately.
It's wise, therefore, to limit yourself to the smallest dose that provides relief, and to stop the treatment as soon as you can.
The higher the dose and the longer the treatment, the greater the risk.
Estratest side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
Side effects may include:
- Yellowing of skin and eyes;
- Weight changes;
- Vision changes;
- Vaginal yeast infection;
- Skin eruptions;
- Sex drive changes;
- Menstrual problems;
- Liver disorders;
- Intolerance to contact lenses;
- High cholesterol;
- High blood sugar;
- Hair loss on scalp;
- Hair growth on face;
- Gallbladder disease;
- Enlarged fibroids;
- Enlarged clitoris;
- Deepening of the voice;
- Clotting disorders;
- Cervical changes;
- Brown patches on the face;
- Breast swelling and tenderness;
- Breast discharge;
- Bladder problems;
- Allergic reactions;
- Abdominal cramps;
Estratest is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you have a family history of breast cancer;
- If you have breast nodules or abnormal mammograms;
- If you have any of these conditions or have ever suffered a stroke;
- If you have asthma, epilepsy, migraines, or bone disease;
- If you develop signs of liver disease such as yellowing of the skin and eyes;
- If you have diabetes;
- If you develop hoarseness, acne, or hair on the face;
If you have any of the following conditions:
- A clotting disorder such as phlebitis, or clotting problems during previous estrogen therapy;
- Breast cancer or any other type of cancer that's stimulated by estrogen (except in certain special circumstances);
- Known or suspected pregnancy;
- Severe liver damage;
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding;
Do not take Estratest with any of the following drugs:
- Blood thinners such as coumadin;
WOMEN IN MENOPAUSE
The tablets are taken cyclically (3 weeks on and 1 week off).
Estratest is available in full- and half-strength tablets (Estratest H.S.).
The usual daily dosage is 1 tablet of Estratest or 1 to 2 tablets of Estratest H.S.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
- Vaginal bleeding;