Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Estradiol exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Estradiol must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking it even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.
You may take Estradiol with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
Try to take it at the same time each day.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions or any other illnesses:
- fits (epilepsy)
- kidney disease
- high blood pressure
- severe headache or migraine
- an ear problem called otosclerosis which causes ringing or buzzing in the ears and loss of hearing
- systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly known as lupus or SLE)
- high cholesterol
- thyroid problems
- low blood calcium
If you are going for any blood tests, inform your doctor that you are using Estradiol as it can interfere with certain laboratory tests.
Your doctor will also check your personal and family medical history and carry out a physical examination before starting you on Estradiol. He will also discuss with you some of the possible risks of treatment, such as breast, womb or ovarian cancer and blood clots which may predispose to heart attacks or strokes.
Keep all appointments with your doctor so that he can monitor your response to Estradiol and any side effects that there may be.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Estradiol.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- circulation problems or blood clots
- liver disease
- heart problems such as angina or a recent heart attack
- recent stroke
- cancer of the breast, womb or ovaries
- womb problems, such as thickening of the womb lining
- unexplained or unusual vaginal bleeding
- a blood condition called porphyria
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding - Estradiol should not be used in these cases.
Why do I need this medicine?
Estradiol belongs to a group of female hormones known as estrogens.
Estradiol is used as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in menopausal women. It is used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and itch. Estradiol is also used to prevent osteoporosis in menopausal women.
It is sometimes used in younger women when the ovaries fail to make enough estrogens.
Estradiol is also used to treat other hormonal problems and certain cancers.
What side effects could I experience?
Some common side effects of Estradiol include headache, nausea, stomach pain and discomfort, stomach wind, bloating or water retention, vaginal discharge or discomfort and breast tenderness.
Alert your doctor if any of these side effects are severe or refuse to go away.
Some side effects may be serious although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
- swelling, pain or tenderness in the calf of your legs
- difficulty breathing or chest discomfort
- unexplained severe headache or migraine
- changes in your vision
- numbness of the arms or legs or over one side of your body
- breast lumps, dimples in the skin around the breast or changes in the nipple
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- antibiotics such as rifampicin or rifabutin
- epilepsy (fits) medicines such as phenobarbitone, phenytoin or carbamazepine
- antivirals such as ritonavir
- St John's wort (a herbal remedy)
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.