Estrace is a prescription medication that contains the female hormone estradiol, which is a specific type of estrogen. Estradiol is a female hormone created by the ovaries that helps to control different processed within the body.
Estrace is mainly used in order to help treat the symptoms of menopause like hot flashed, vaginal dryness, burning as well as irritation. Some other uses for this medication include helping to stop osteoporosis with postmenopausal women and replacement of estrogen with women having ovarian failure or other problems caused due to a lack of estrogen production within the body.
In some cases Estrace can be used in combination with other treatments in order to help with cancer in women and men. When required it can be had in cream form.
What are some of the potential common side effects a user might be at risk for if they have to or decide to use this medicational treatment?
Vaginal itching or discharge, changes in your menstrual periods, light vaginal bleeding or spotting
Thinning scalp hair
Nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps
Are there any specific risks that come if someone has to use this treatment on a long term basis and what can be done about this?
Estrace is not really meant to be used on a long term basis, but in some cases it might have to be used longer than expected. A doctor would have to monitor your progress on a regular basis in order to see how you are responding to it. Long term use is something a doctor will try to avoid, because if you have to use it for too long it would increase the risk of you getting breast cancer or a blood clot.
There are cases where additional treatment is needed, but if you are already at a high risk for any of the two conditions mentioned, then another alternative might need to be considered.
How safe is it for a pregnant women to use this medication or should it be used at all in this case?
A woman that’s pregnant shouldn’t use this treatment, because it can increase the risk of birth defects to an unborn child. The treatment can also pass into breast milk with women who are breastfeeding. So breastfeeding while on Estrace should be avoided. Speak with a doctor as soon as you can if you become pregnant while on the drug. In order to avoid this you should use effective birth control.
What’s the best way to go about storing this medication in order to ensure the quality of it isn’t affected?
In order to keep the quality of this medication high so that it works the way it’s supposed to, then you will need to store it at room temperature. Keep it in an area where there is little heat and little moisture. The bottle needs to be closed tightly when the drug isn’t being used. Be sure to put it in a place where kids or pets can’t get to it easily. As long as you follow these directions for storage the quality of the drug shouldn’t be compromised in any way.