Estrace; Estring; Vagifem
- Estrogens may raise the chance of uterine cancer. Progestins may lower this chance. A warning sign for cancer of the uterus is vaginal bleeding. Report any vaginal bleeding to the doctor.
- Do not use estrogens to prevent heart disease or dementia. Using estrogens may raise the chances of having a heart attack, a stroke, breast cancer, a blood clot, or dementia.
- Use estrogens with or without progestin for the shortest time needed at the lowest useful dose.
- It is used to treat vaginal irritation and dryness caused by change of life.
- It is used to treat urinary signs caused by change of life.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have an allergy to estradiol or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have had any of these health problems: Bleeding disorder, blood clots, a higher risk of having a blood clot, breast cancer, liver problems or liver tumor, heart attack, stroke, or a tumor where estrogen makes it grow.
- If you have unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Have your blood pressure checked often. Talk with your doctor.
- Be sure to have regular breast exams and gynecology check-ups. Your doctor will tell you how often to have these. You will also need to do breast self-exams as your doctor has told you. Talk with your doctor.
- Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this drug.
- Do not smoke. Smoking raises the chance of heart disease. Talk with your doctor.
- Limit your drinking of alcohol.
- If you drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit often, talk with your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor if you will need to be still for long periods of time like long trips, bedrest after surgery, or illness. Not moving for long periods may raise your chance of blood clots.
- If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- This drug is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Tell your doctor if you have trouble getting the ring out.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Shortness of breath.
- Coughing up blood.
- Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
- Very bad headache.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred eyesight.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Very bad vaginal irritation.
- Vaginal itching or discharge.
- Vaginal bleeding that is not normal.
- A lump in the breast, breast soreness, or nipple discharge.
- Breast pain.
- Low mood (depression).
- Mood changes.
- Memory problems or loss.
- Bulging eyes.
- Change in how contact lenses feel in the eyes.
- Change in eyesight.
- Swelling in the feet or hands.
- Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has happened in a few patients using vaginal rings. TSS is rare, but can be very bad and sometimes deadly. Tell your doctor right away if you have loose stools (diarrhea), dizziness or light-headedness, passing out, fever, muscle pain, upset stomach, throwing up, or a sunburn-like rash.
- Hair loss.
- Breast soreness.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting.
- This drug may cause dark patches of skin on your face. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
- Vaginal irritation.
- Use this drug at the same time of day.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Wash your hands before use.
- Wash your hands and applicator after use.
- There may be days when you will not take this drug.
- Put into the vagina and leave in place for 90 days.
- To use, wash your hands and take ring from the pouch.
- Be sure your hands are dry before you touch this drug.
- Press sides of ring at the same time between thumb and index finger and put folded ring into the vagina.
- Perfect placement is not needed for the ring to work. The ring will not hurt.
- If the ring comes out, rinse with lukewarm water and put back in.
- To take out, hook your index finger around the rim or hold rim between index finger and middle finger and pull out.
- Do not throw the vaginal ring in the toilet.
- Wash your hands after use.
- Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from heat.
- Store in original container.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.