estrogen/progestin - oral, Activella, Femhrt, Ortho-Prefe
GENERIC NAME: ESTROGEN/PROGESTIN - ORAL (ES-tra-DYE-ol/nor-JEST-tih-mate)
BRAND NAME(S): Activella, Femhrt, Ortho-Prefest, Premphase, Prempro
WARNING: Estrogens, either used alone or with a progestin, have rarely caused very serious side effects. Discuss the risks and benefits of hormone treatment with your doctor. Estrogens and progestins should not be used to prevent heart disease or dementia.
In postmenopausal women, estrogen when used with a progestin can increase the risk of heart disease (such as heart attacks), stroke, serious blood clots in the lungs/legs, dementia, and cancer of the breast/ovaries.
The risk for serious side effects may depend on the dose of estrogen and the length of time it is used. Therefore, this medication should be used at the lowest effective dose and for the shortest amount of time. Discuss the use of this medication with your doctor regularly (for example, every 3 to 6 months) to see if you still need to use it. If you will be using this medication long-term, you should have regular complete physical exams (for example, once a year) as directed by your doctor. See also Notes section.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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