Angeliq Drospirenone/Estradiol and/or alternatives
Angeliq is a combination drug composed of estradiol and drospirenone, and it belongs to the class of sex hormone combination drugs. Estradiol (a synthetic oestrogen) and drospirenone (a progestin) work together to regulate hormonal imbalances that are common in women after menopause. The generic name of Angeliq is Drospirenone/estradiol.
Women who buy Angeliq need to be sure that they are not allergic to the following inactive ingredients that are present in each tablet along with 0.5mg and 1mg of drospirenone and estradiol respectively: lactose monohydrate, corn starch, macrogol 6000, titanium dioxide, povidone 25000 USP, magnesium stearate, hydroxylpropylmethyl cellulose, talc, modified starch, and ferric oxide pigments.
Indications & Dosage of Angeliq
Angeliq can be prescribed as a medication for a number of conditions. The most common indications of this drug are listed below:
- Vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women.
- Symptoms of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).
- Osteoporosis in women above 40 years.
- Symptoms relating to vaginal or vulvar atrophy (topical use recommended).
The common symptoms include itching, burning, dryness and hot flashes in the region around the vagina. It is important to remember before you buy Angeliq that it is not indicated for use by women who have had their uterus removed.
Being a drug which is available only on prescription, Angeliq dosage schedules (as advised by the doctor) should be strictly followed. The usual recommended dosage of Angeliq is one oral tablet per day for as long as required.
Side Effects & Interactions of Angeliq
Angeliq needs to be used with caution as it has many possible side effects ranging from moderate to severe conditions. Some of the minor adversities related with this drug are:
- Aches in different body parts
- Nose, ear congestion
- Speech impairment and throat problems
Immediate medical attention is required if any of the following serious side effects of Angeliq are observed, as most of them are implicative of more severe disorders:
- Pain in the breast, lump formations (might indicate development of breast cancer)
- Bloating and swelling in the abdominal region, accompanied by cramps and pain
- Vaginal bleeding, white discharge
- Discharge from the nipples
- Changes in weight
- Problems in maintaining balance, double vision and confusion
Angeliq users need to discuss all the possible adversities that may be faced by them during this combination therapy with the doctor and measure the benefits against the risks involved before continuing treatment. The lists furnished above do not include all the side effects of Angeliq.
There are many medicines with which Angeliq potentially interacts. Some of the drugs that should not be co-administered with Angeliq are:
- Tranexamic acid
The doctor needs to be aware of all the current medications being taken by the patient to prescribe the correct dosage of Angeliq. Patients taking NSAIDs, blood thinning agents, drugs that increase potassium levels in the body, ACE inhibitors, and heparin should especially consult their doctors regarding Angeliq usage.
Warnings & Precautions of Angeliq
Angeliq is not for women who have undergone a hysterectomy.
This drug can potentially cause hyperkalemia and patients with renal, hepatic and adrenal dysfunction should use it with extreme caution.
Risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in post-menopausal women is increased with Angeliq use.
Angeliq harms the fetus and passes into breast milk. It should be avoided by pregnant and nursing women.
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