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Angeliq (drospirenone / estradiol)

Prescription only
Relieves hot flashes and vaginal dryness due to menopause.

Angeliq (drospirenone / estradiol) helps relieve menopausal symptoms. There can be many side effects, so it's important to think through the benefits and potential hassles of this drug before using it.

Relieves menopause symptoms and lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

Prefest (Estradiol / Norgestimate) is effective at treating symptoms related to menopause and bone loss. It has a difficult dosing schedule to follow, but doesn't affect your cholesterol and triglyceride levels as much as other estrogen products.

Upsides
  • Angeliq (drospirenone / estradiol) replaces estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen (hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness).
  • Useful for women who experience moderate to severe symptoms of menopause.
  • Improves mood, energy, and mental alertness for some people.
  • Good for women with an intact uterus. The drospirenone (a progestin) protects against the risk of cancer in the uterus from estrogen treatment.
  • Prefest (Estradiol / Norgestimate) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen (hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness).
  • Lowers your risk of fractures by keeping your bones healthy. Make sure you also get enough calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Improves mood, energy, and mental alertness for some people.
  • Good for women with an intact uterus. The norgestimate (a progestin) protects against the risk of cancer in the uterus caused by estrogen treatment.
  • Doesn't affect your cholesterol levels as much as other estrogen treatments.
Downsides
  • There are more possible side effects since it exposes your whole body to two hormones.
  • Angeliq (drospirenone / estradiol) can't be used by women who have had their uterus removed.
  • You may get irregular bleeding and spotting that can last a few months to a year.
  • Compared to other estrogen-progestin combination medicines, you might be more likely to have blood clots with Angeliq (drospirenone / estradiol).
  • Angeliq (drospirenone / estradiol) might increase your potassium, which can be dangerous if you're taking other medicines that do the same.
  • More potential side effects since it exposes your whole body to two hormones, estrogen and norgestimate (a progestin).
  • Dosing schedule can be hard to follow with the 2 different kind of pills (estrogen-only and estrogen/progestin pills).
  • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
  • You may get irregular bleeding and spotting that can last a few months to a year.
Used for
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Stomach pain
    6%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Yeast infections
    6%
  • Breast pain
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Swelling of arms and legs
    2%
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10possible side effects
  • Headache
    23%
  • Upper respiratory-tract infection
    21%
  • Breast pain
    16%
  • Back pain
    12%
  • Abdominal pain
    12%
  • Influenza-like symptoms
    11%
  • Arthralgia
    9%
  • Vaginal bleeding (all)
    9%
  • Dysmenorrhea
    8%
  • Sinusitis
    8%
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Risks and warnings
  • Endometrial cancer

    Using estrogen for more than one year

  • Breast cancer

    Personal or family history of breast cancer

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke

    Personal or family history of blood clots

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of heart disease

    Smoking

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Dementia

    Age 65 or older

  • Increased potassium

    Kidney disease

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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  • Endometrial cancer

    Using estrogen for more than one year

  • Breast cancer

    Personal or family history of breast cancer

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke

    Personal or family history of blood clots

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)

    High levels of triglycerides

  • Ovarian cancer

    Family history of ovarian cancer

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