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Estrogen - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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General Information on Estrogen

Generic Name : Estrogen
Pronunciation : ess' troe jen
Latest prescription information about Estrogen. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y42.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Hormones
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Estrogen

India : 

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International : 

Cenestin, Enjuvia, Estratab, Menest, Premarin
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Why is Estrogen Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a female sex hormone, prescribed for severe vasomotor symptoms due to menopause, ovarian failure, osteoporosis, uterine bleeding, delayed puberty and prostate cancer. 
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When should Estrogen not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with history of abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease, circulation disorders, known or suspected breast cancer, pregnancy and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Estrogen?

Adult- IV/IM/PO: The recommended dose range is 0.3 to 25mg.

How should Estrogen be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food once a day. It also comes as a solution for injection, to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein or muscle.

What are the warnings and precautions for Estrogen?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, asthma, migraine headaches, seizures, porphyria, very high or very low levels of calcium in blood, thyroid, liver, kidney, gallbladder or pancreatic disease, feminine characters in male, any allergy, elderly, who are taking other medications.

What are the side effects of Estrogen?

   Genitourinary : Breast pain or tenderness, change in sexual desire, vaginal discharge, swelling, redness, burning, itching and irritation of the vagina.
   Gastrointestinal : Stomach upset, vomiting, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea and gas.
   Central Nervous System : Nervousness, depression, dizziness, tight muscles, weakness, tingling and movement disorders.
   Metabolic : Weight gain or loss and loss of appetite.
   Skin : Hair loss, unwanted hair growth and darkening of the skin.
   Musculoskeletal : Leg cramps and joint pain.
   Allergic Reactions : Rash, blisters, hives, itching, swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, throat, hands, arms, feet, ankles or lower legs, hoarseness, difficulty in breathing or swallowing.
   Miscellaneous : Sore throat, fever, chills, cough and other signs of infection.

What are the other precautions for Estrogen?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Estrogen?

Store it at room temperature, and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.



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