estradiol vaginal (generic name)
Vagifem (brand name)
This medicine helps relieve symptoms of vaginal irritation and dryness that occurs in some women during menopause
(es tra DYE ole)
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What is this medicine?ESTRADIOL (es tra DYE ole) vaginal ring is an insert that contains a female hormone. This medicine helps relieve symptoms of vaginal irritation and dryness that occurs in some women during menopause. This medicine can also help relieve hot flashes.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I use this medicine?This medicine may be inserted by you or your physician. Follow the directions that are included with your prescription. If you are unsure how to insert the ring, contact your doctor or health care professional. The vaginal ring should remain in place for 90 days. After 90 days you should replace your old ring and insert a new one. Do not stop using except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
A patient package insert for the product will be given with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam and Pap smear while on this medicine. You should also discuss the need for regular mammograms with your health care professional, and follow his or her guidelines for these tests.
This medicine can make your body retain fluid, making your fingers, hands, or ankles swell. Your blood pressure can go up. Contact your doctor or health care professional if you feel you are retaining fluid.
If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop taking this medicine right away and contact your doctor or health care professional.
Smoking increases the risk of getting a blood clot or having a stroke while you are taking this medicine, especially if you are more than 35 years old. You are strongly advised not to smoke.
If you wear contact lenses and notice visual changes, or if the lenses begin to feel uncomfortable, consult your eye doctor or health care professional.
This medicine can increase the risk of developing a condition (endometrial hyperplasia) that may lead to cancer of the lining of the uterus. Taking progestins, another hormone drug, with this medicine lowers the risk of developing this condition. Therefore, if your uterus has not been removed (by a hysterectomy), your doctor may prescribe a progestin for you to take together with your estrogen. You should know, however, that taking estrogens with progestins may have additional health risks. You should discuss the use of estrogens and progestins with your health care professional to determine the benefits and risks for you.
If you are going to have surgery, you may need to stop taking this medicine. Consult your health care professional for advice before you schedule the surgery.
You may bathe or participate in other activities while using this medicine. You do not need to remove the vaginal ring during sexual or other activities unless you are more comfortable doing so. Within the 90-day dosage period, you may remove the vaginal ring, rinse it with clean lukewarm (not hot or boiling) water, and re-insert the ring as needed.