PREMARIN: USE, SIDE-EFFECTS, AND PRECAUTIONS
Premarin also is known as conjugated estrogens contains a mixture of estrogen hormones. It is used in menopausal hormone therapy and many other indications. Premarin is prescribed to women to help them in reducing the symptoms of menopause such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes. These can also be used after menopause to prevent osteoporosis (bone loss). During menopause, the level of estrogen in the female body gets reduced to an extent that it causes various other problems. This can be treated with estrogen therapy. If the symptoms are in and around the vagina, it is much better to use products that can be directly applied inside the vagina rather than taking the tablets orally. The medication is based on your medical condition.
How to use:
if you have any kind of problem or discomfort during menopause, you should contact your gynecologist. He/she will prescribe you the medicine depending on your symptoms. If you have symptoms such as hot flashes, your doctor might prescribe you Premarin. Once Premarin is prescribed to you, you should read the information leaflet that comes with every medicine before starting it. If you have any questions regarding the time and dosage, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take the tablets with or without food. You may take it with food or just after consuming food to prevent your stomach upset. If you are given extended-release tablets, don’t crush them or dissolve them. Extended tablets are made so that the drug does not release at once as it can cause side-effects. Do not open the extended-release tablet unless the doctor or pharmacist has told you to do so. Swallow the whole tablet without crushing it. Take the medicine regularly at the same time to get the maximum benefit from it. Do not skip any dosage. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Do not take it if you are about to take the next dose. Take the next dose at the regular time. If you are feeling better, do not stop the medicine without consulting your doctor as it can be harmful to you to stop it abruptly. Always keep your doctor updated on your condition whether it is improving or getting worse. The dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to it.
Some of the very common side-effects of Premarin are nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, headache, bloating, breast tenderness, or weight fluctuation. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if any of these conditions persist. If you see the tablet in your stool, do tell your doctor promptly. Your doctor prescribes you the medicine because it’s benefits for you are far more than the side-effects. Many people don’t even have any of the given side-effects. This is because everybody responds to different drugs differently. Some serious side-effects of Premarin may include depression, memory loss, unusual vaginal bleeding, lumps in the breast, vaginal irritation, vaginal odor, vaginal discharge, abdominal pain, non-stop vomiting, persistent nausea, dark urine, increased frequency of urination, swelling of ankles, hands or feet. You should contact your doctor in such cases and get medical help immediately. Also, if you get any allergic reactions like rashes, dizziness, you should get medical help.
Before the doctor prescribes you the medicine, let him/her know your medical history and if you are allergic to certain substances.
Store the medicine in a dark and dry place at room temperature away from the reach of children.
Do not smoke while on the medication as estrogen combined with smoking can give you a stroke.
While on this medication, remain away from sunlight as it can lead to dark spots on your skin.