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Estring is a vaginal ring that delivers Estradiol to help relieve vaginal symptoms of menopause like dryness, burning and itching.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist to make sure you understand how to insert the Estring into the vagina.
The Estring can be inside the vagina for up to a 90 day dose schedule. Replace the Estring after 90 days to enter a new dose schedule. If you have inserted the Estring properly you will not be able to feel it's presence and will not interfered with sexual intercourse. If there are challenges removing the Estring speak with your doctor.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Estring. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to vaginal bleeding, blood clots, stroke, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, swelling disorders, blood clots, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, lupus, under active, mineral imbalance, hormone problems, uterus problems, gallbladder disease, asthma, seizures, migraine headaches, mental/mood disorders, and blood disorders. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Estring.
Smoking tobacco can increase the risk of stroke, blood clots, high blood pressure, and heart attack in woman over 35 who take Estring.
Before taking Estring speak with your doctor if you are bed ridden or have recently had surgery. Being sedentary for extended periods can increase the risk of blood clots.
While taking Estring you may develop problems wearing your contact lenses. Speak with your eye doctor if vision problems occur during your treatment with Estring.
Estring can cause dark patches on your skin (melasma), and direct sunlight and exasperate this effect. Limit sun exposure, tanning booths, and heat lamps. Wear protective clothing in the sun and wear sunscreen on unprotected areas to avoid discolorations n your skin.
Side effects can be: nausea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain, increased vaginal discharge, vaginal discomfort or pain, breast tenderness, headache, weight changes, insomnia, back pain, urinary tract infection, upper respiratory tract infection, and hot flashes.
More serious side effects are: mental/mood changes (such as depression, memory loss), breast lumps, unusual vaginal bleeding (such as spotting, breakthrough bleeding, prolonged/recurrent bleeding), unusual vaginal irritation/itching/odor, severe stomach or abdominal pain, persistent nausea or vomiting, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, swelling hands/ankles/feet, or increased thirst or urination.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Estring?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: it can take up to three weeks to see the full benefit of Estring.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should mark on the calendar the 90 day mark to ensure you know when you change the Estring.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
Q: What happens if the Estring falls out?
A: If the Estring falls out you can rinse it with water and gently insert the Estring back into the vagina.
Q: What happens if I experience a vaginal infection?
A: You should remove the Estring and seek medical treatment before you attempt to use the Estring again.
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