Estrogen and Progestin (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

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General

Pronunciation:
(ess' troe jen) (pro jes' tin)

Brand names:

  • Activella® (as a combination product containing Estradiol, Norethindrone)
  • Angeliq® (as a combination product containing Drospirenone, Estradiol)
  • FemHRT® (as a combination product containing Ethinyl Estradiol, Norethindrone)
  • Jinteli® (as a combination product containing Ethinyl Estradiol, Norethindrone)
  • Mimvey® (as a combination product containing Estradiol, Norethindrone)
  • Prefest® (as a combination product containing Estradiol, Norgestimate)
  • Premphase® (as a combination product containing Conjugated Estrogens, Medroxyprogesterone)
  • Prempro® (as a combination product containing Conjugated Estrogens, Medroxyprogesterone)

Other name:
  • HRT

Important Warning

Hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots in the lungs and legs. Tell your doctor if you smoke and if you have or have ever had breast lumps or cancer; a heart attack; a stroke; blood clots; high blood pressure; high blood levels of cholesterol or fats; or diabetes. If you are having surgery or will be on bedrest, talk to your doctor about stopping estrogen and progestin at least 4 to 6 weeks before the surgery or bedrest.

If you experience any of the following side effects, call your doctor immediately: sudden, severe headache; sudden, severe vomiting; sudden partial or complete loss of vision; speech problems; dizziness or faintness; weakness or numbness of an arm or a leg; crushing chest pain or chest heaviness; coughing up blood; sudden shortness of breath; or calf pain.

Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking estrogen and progestin.

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