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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.

Activella (estradiol / norethindrone) helps relieve menopausal symptoms and prevent bone loss. There can be many side effects, so it's important to talk to your doctor about the benefits and potential hassles of this drug before using it.

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.
  • Replaces estrogen in your entire body and relieves multiple symptoms of menopause.
  • Lowers your risk of fractures by keeping your bones healthy.
  • Improves mood, energy, and mental alertness for some people.
  • Generic available, so cost is usually lower.
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 Activella (estradiol / norethindrone) exposes your whole body to two hormones.
  • Raises your risk of developing a stroke and blood clots.
  • You may get irregular bleeding and spotting that can last a few months to a year.
  • Should only use if you still have a uterus.
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Used for
  • Hot flashes
  • 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
  • Breast pain
    21%
  • Headache
    17%
  • Nausea
    10%
  • Upper airway infection
    10%
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
    10%
  • Sinus infection
    7%
  • Ovarian cyst
    7%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    3%
  • Accidental injury
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Endometrial cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Increased risk of heart disease
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Age 50 or older
  • Dementia
    • Age 65 or older
  • Increased potassium
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Addison's disease
    • Medicines that cause high potassium levels
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  • Endometrial cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than 1 year
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • High blood pressure
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High cholesterol
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Dementia
    • Age 65 or older
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • History of high triglycerides
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