Premarin tablets are an oral medication that contains conjugated estrogens as the active ingredient, which is a mixture of estrogen hormones. This female sex hormone that is produced by the ovaries is vital for many of the processes that go on in the female body.
This medication is commonly used as a treatment for many of the symptoms one might experience when going through menopause such as hot flashes, changes in the vagina, and to prevent osteoporosis.
Additionally, Premarin can be used to balance estrogen levels in those who suffer from conditions, such as ovarian failure that could cause them to lack natural levels of estrogen in their body.
The use of Premarin could raise the dangers of major health problems such as breast cancer, endometrial (uterus) cancer, ovarian cancer, and could also increase the chances of you getting blood clots, a stroke, or a heart attack.
When taking Premarin, do not take more than the amount you were prescribed for and do not take it for longer than the period you were prescribed for. Follow the directions on the prescription you were given by your doctor.
Taking this medication could lead to a health condition that could possibly result in endometrial (uterus) cancer, so your doctor may recommend you to take progestin, which might lower the chances of this possibility. If you notice any bleeding in your vagina, give notice to your doctor as soon as possible.
Premarin could be prescribed to be taken in different ways, so it is important you follow the instructions provided by your doctor. For example, certain conditions may require you to take the medication in a cycle, such as stopping the medication for a week after the first three weeks. But sometimes, Premarin is prescribed to take it every day.
Ensure that you are receiving frequent physical exams from your doctor in order to tell if Premarin is working for you. Book regular mammograms and check your breasts for any lumps every month.
Medicine cabinets in your bathroomare not a viable location to store Premarin. It should be kept away from moisture, heat, and light.
If you notice in your stool what may appear to be parts of the Premarin tablet that had not been dissolved, speak to your doctor.
Do not take Premarin if you experience any non-menstrual bleeding in your vagina that has not been looked at by your doctor, liver disease, have had a heart attack, a stroke, any blood clots in the past, a hereditary blood disorder, a heart problem, or have had hormone-related cancer, breast cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, or vaginal cancer.
If you are pregnant, you should not be taking Premarin. If you become pregnant while you are taking this medication, let your doctor know immediately.
Please note that using Premarin could raise the possibility of blood clots, a stroke, or a heart attack, even more so if you are a smoker, overweight, have high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure.
Also, Premarin could potentially cause heart disease, stroke, or dementia, so estrogen should not be taken to prevent any of these.
Additionally, estrogen slows the production of breast milk, so tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding before you start your treatment.
Premarin could cause adverse side effects such as any sort of pain or pressure in your chest, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, or excessive sweating.
You may also show signs of a stroke where you could feel numb or weak suddenly, head hurting severely, slurring of speech, or difficulties with eyesight or balance.
Additionally, signs of a blood would include a sudden inability to see, a sharp pain in the chest, loss of breath, coughing up blood, and pain or a warm sensation in one or both of your legs.
Other side effects include, swollen or tender stomach, yellow skin or eyes, cognitive impairment, irregular bleeding in vagina, pain in pelvis, lump in breast, high calcium levels in blood, nausea, pain in stomach, passing gas, headache, back pain, insomnia, depression, breast pain, itching or discharge of vagina, irregular alterations in your menstrual cycle.
Premarin could cause an allergic reaction where you may develop hives, breathing problems, face swelling, lips swelling, tongue swelling or throat swelling. If you show any of these symptoms, seek emergency aid at once.
Is there anything I should avoid when taking Premarin?
Do not smoke. Cigarettes can raise the possibilities of a stroke, heart attack or blood clots. Also, grapefruit and grapefruit products could have a negative interaction with Premarin, which may result in adverse side effects.
Can I take vitamins while taking Premarin?
Speak to your doctor before taking any other medication with Premarin, including vitamins, herbal products, and over-the-counter medications, as many of them could have a negative interaction with Premarin.
Is there another form of Premarin besides the tablet form?
There is a cream form of Premarin. Please refer to Premarin cream (Conjugated Estrogens) for more information.