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Brand Names: Vagifem
Generic Name: Estradiol
Manufacturer: Novo Nordisk
25 mcg Vaginal Pessaries in Packets of 15 Pessaries with applicators.
This medicine is an estrogen hormone used to treat vaginal conditions caused by menopause or a deficiency of estrogen hormone.
Why is Vagifem prescribed?
As estrogen levels decline during menopause, vaginal tissues tend to shrink and lose their elasticity--sometimes producing a condition known as atrophic vaginitis. Inserted in the vagina on a regular basis, Vagifem tablets provide a local source of estrogen replacement without passing through the rest of the system. This helps relieve such symptoms of atrophic vaginitis as vaginal dryness, soreness, and itching.
Most important fact about Vagifem
Because estrogen replacement therapy is not advisable if you are in any danger of developing cancer, your doctor should take a complete medical and family history--and do a complete physical exam--before prescribing Vagifem. As a general rule, you should have an examination at least once a year while using this product.
How should you take Vagifem?
Each Vagifem tablet comes in its own disposable applicator. Insert the applicator as far into the vagina as you find comfortable, stopping when the applicator is half inside. Gently press the plunger in the applicator until you here a click and the plunger is fully depressed. This will release the Vagifem tablet. Conclude by gently removing the applicator and discarding it as you would a tampon applicator. The Vagifem tablet can be inserted at any time of day, but it's advisable to do each insertion around the same time. --If you miss a dose...Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular schedule. Never try to "catch up" by doubling the dose. --Storage instructions...
Store at room temperature.
What side effects may occur with Vagifem?
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Vagifem.
More common side effects may include:
Abdominal pain, allergic reactions, back pain, genital itching, headache, skin rash, upper respiratory infection, vaginal spotting or discharge, yeast infection
Possible food and drug interactions when using Vagifem
There is no information on interactions with Vagifem.
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding when taking Vagifem
Vagifem must not be used during pregnancy, and is not intended for nursing mothers.
Recommended Vagifem dosage
The usual dosage is 1 tablet a day for the first 2 weeks, then 1 tablet twice weekly. Every 3 to 6 months, the doctor will see if the dosage can be reduced or discontinued.
An overdose from a vaginal tablet is unlikely. An oral overdose of estrogen could be expected to cause the symptoms listed below.
Symptoms of estrogen overdose may include:
Nausea, vomiting, vaginal bleeding