estradiol cypionate - injection, Depo-Estradiol, Depogen (cont.)

USES: This medication is a female estrogen hormone and is usually given to women during and after menopause to reduce menopausal symptoms (such as intense feelings of warmth and sweating known as hot flashes). These symptoms result from a decrease in the amount of estrogen produced by the body. Using estrogen drugs can help the body adjust to lower estrogen levels and reduce these symptoms. If you need treatment only for vaginal menopause symptoms (such as vaginal dryness), products applied directly inside the vagina should be considered before treatment with products that are taken by mouth, absorbed through the skin, or injected.This medication is also used to treat certain conditions in women who have not yet gone through menopause but whose bodies do not make enough estrogen.

HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using estradiol cypionate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.This medication is given by a health care professional. It is injected into a muscle, usually every 3 to 4 weeks or as directed by your doctor.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.This medication should be used regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, it may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, stomach upset, bloating, nausea, vaginal bleeding/spotting, weight changes, increased/decreased interest in sex, or breast tenderness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell 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: breast lumps, mental/mood changes (such as depression, memory loss), abdominal pain/swelling/tenderness, swelling of hands/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual vaginal discharge/itching/odor.Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: sudden severe headache, sudden vision changes (such as double vision, blindness or worsening vision, change in contact lens fit), symptoms of a heart attack (such as chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating), symptoms of a stroke (such as weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, confusion), unusual leg pain/redness/swelling/warmth.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: 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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