What is Vagifem (Oestradiol) used for?
Vagifem (Oestradiol) vaginal tablets are used to treat atrophic vaginitis caused by decreased levels of estrogen in post-menopausal women. This usually occurs as a result of declining levels of the hormone estrogen in post menopausal women. The active ingredient in this medication, estradiol, is a natural form of estrogen. It works by replacing the diminished levels of estrogen in the body, thereby helping to relieve vaginal symptoms of the menopause. This is called topical hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
How should I use Vagifem (Oestradiol)?
Vagifem (Oestradiol) tablets are inserted directly into the vagina, using the single use applicator provided. The applicator should be gently inserted into the vagina, usually 3 to 4 inches deep. Press down on the plunger to release pessary into the vagina. After use, you may withdraw the applicator and dispose of it. The dosage varies for each patient, and your physician will tell you the correct dose required. Some patients may be told to insert one pessary into the vagina per day for 2 weeks. The maintenance dose is one pessary inserted twice per week. Follow the instructions given to you by your physician.
What are the side effects of Vagifem (Oestradiol)?
Some side effects of Vagifem (Oestradiol) include:
You should report all side effects to your physician. Other more severe side effects may also occur. Immediately consult your physician if you notice stomach pain, visual disturbances, inflammation of the legs or any other severe side effects.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Vagifem (Oestradiol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.