Premarin is a prescription medication that contains conjugated estrogens. These are a mixture of different estrogens that come from natural places. Estrogen is the female sex hormone that’s created within the ovaries. Estrogen is very important when it comes to different processes within a women’s body.
The main use of this medication is to help treat the symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, burning as well as irritation. Some other uses for Premarin would include stopping problems like osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, as well as replacement of estrogen with women who have ovarian failure or other problems brought on due to lack of estrogen production.
In addition to the uses mentioned above Premarin can sometimes be used in order to help with cancer treatment in both men and women.
What are some of the potential common side effects a person might be at risk for if they decide to use this medicational treatment?
Breast pain or tenderness
Swelling in your hands or feet
Vaginal itching or discharge
Changes in your menstrual periods
Light vaginal bleeding or spotting
Nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps
Is there anything particular a woman should do while she is on this treatment that would be beneficial?
It’s going to be very important for women to have physical exams with some degree of consistency while on this drug. The reason for this is because you will need to get checked out for lumps in your breasts. Self-examination will also help, but in order to make sure you do this right you need to get some instruction. You can find simple illustrations of how to do self-examination breast checks online or while you are at the doctor office.
Is it safe for a woman that’s pregnant to use this medication or should use of the medication be stopped immediately?
All medications come with the risk of causing problems for a woman that’s pregnant, especially if the woman has a history of having problems with medications. Premarin shouldn’t be used while pregnant. Steps should be taken to use the proper birth control in order to prevent it. If you do become pregnant while on this medication, then you want to let a doctor know right away.
What’s the best way to go about using this medication in a way that will keep the risk of experiencing problems with it low?
If you need special directions to use this drug that will keep the risk of problems low, then a doctor will let you know what they are. If they don’t give you special instructions, then you can rely on the directions that come with the prescription. These directions are easy to follow and usually include everything you need in order to be safe.
You will want to take the drug in the dose that’s recommended to you and not more or less.
How often will your progress need to be checked while on Premarin?
A doctor will likely feel it’s a good idea to check in with them in order to see how you’re responding every 3 to 6 months. At this time it would be determined if use of the treatment should keep happening. In the meantime self-examination of the breast will be needed as well as regular mammograms.