Premarin is a medication that contains conjugated estrogens obtained from natural sources. Estrogen is a female sexual hormone produced by women’s ovaries, and it’s important for many processes in the body. This drug is prescribed by doctors to treat different symptoms of menopause, including vaginal dryness, hot flashes, irritation and burning. However, there are other Premarin uses, such as preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and replacing estrogen in female patients with ovarian failure and other diseases that result in lack of natural estrogen.
Don’t start this treatment if you have such serious medical conditions as blood clots, bleeding disorders, liver problems, possible allergic reactions, abnormal vaginal bleeding, dementia, hormone-related cancer, stroke and heart diseases. Pregnant women aren’t allowed to take Premarin, and nursing women should be very cautious with this drug, too. Its intake may increase the risk of having other conditions that may result in uterine cancer. All users need to be examined by doctors on a regular basis.
To ensure that this medication is safe for you, inform doctors if you have such conditions as asthma, epilepsy, endometriosis, thyroid disorders, hereditary angioedema, lupus, migraines, hypercalcemia, gallbladder diseases, and risk factors for coronary artery conditions, including obesity, smoking, hypertension and diabetes.
How to Use Premarin
Take this medicine according to the prescription given by your physician. Premarin is designed to be taken on a daily basis, but certain conditions require patients to take it in a special cycle. Doctors need to check your personal progress regularly. Avoid overdosing this drug indicated by such worrying signs as vomiting, nausea and vaginal bleeding. Don’t smoke while undergoing this treatment, because this harmful habit may increase a risk of having blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
Mild and Severe Side Effects
Go to the hospital immediately if you have any signs of allergies, including difficulty breathing, hives and swelling. Stop taking Premarin and get medical help if you experience such severe side effects as:
Lumps in breasts and confusion;
Abnormal vaginal bleeding and chest pain;
Problems with concentration and memory;
Increased sweating and jaw pain;
Itching and loss of appetite
Jaundice and dark urine;
Unusual tiredness and itching;
Sudden weakness or numbness;
Clay-colored stools and slurred speech;
Problems with balance or vision;
Wheezing and bloody coughing;
Severe headaches and fast breathing.
Premarin may also cause such mild side effects as:
Swelling in feet or hands;
Breast tenderness and pain;
Hair loss and nausea;
Stomach cramps and bloating;
Vomiting and headaches;
Vaginal discharge or itching;
Hair loss or menstrual period changes.
Inform your physician if some of these symptoms persist or become worse.