estradiol ring - vaginal, Estring (cont.)
USES: This medication is a female estrogen hormone 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) and urinary symptoms (e.g., frequent urges to urinate, painful urination).
HOW TO USE: Insert the ring into the upper third of the vagina as directed. Generally, the ring is left in place for 90 days and then removed and replaced with a new ring if therapy is continued. Do not leave a ring in place for longer than 90 days. Follow the dosing schedule carefully.Learn all usage instructions in the product package and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unclear about any of the information.When placed properly, you should not feel the ring and it will not interfere with sexual intercourse. If the ring moves into the lower part of your vagina, push it back into place with your finger. If the ring falls out of the vagina, rinse the ring with lukewarm water and re-insert. The ring is removed by hooking your finger through the ring and gently pulling it out. Contact your doctor if you have trouble removing the ring. Discard the used ring in the trash container. Do not flush it down the toilet.Vaginal and urinary symptoms should improve within 2-3 weeks of starting this medication. If symptoms persist, contact your doctor.Read the Patient Information Leaflet available from your pharmacist. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
SIDE EFFECTS: Vaginal discomfort, increased vaginal discharge, dizziness, light-headedness, 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 or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that 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, stomach/abdominal/pelvic pain, 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.Vaginal rings have rarely caused a very serious (possibly fatal) bacterial infection (toxic shock syndrome-TSS). Remove this product and seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms of toxic shock syndrome, including: high fever, severe/sudden dizziness, fainting, unusual muscle pain, sunburn-like rash, diarrhea.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 (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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