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Vagifem

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Vagifem is an estrogen. Vagifem is mostly prescribed as hormone replacement in menopausal women. Vagifem helps to treat hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis. Vagifem is prescribed to treat women with low estrogen levels or those who have had their ovaries removed.

Contraindications

Vagifem is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding;
- Blood vessel disease or blood clots;
- Breast, cervical, endometrial, ovarian, liver, or uterine cancer;
- Dementia;
- Diabetes;
- Gallbladder disease;
- Heart disease or recent heart attack;
- High blood pressure;
- High cholesterol;
- High level of calcium in the blood;
- Hysterectomy;
- Kidney disease;
- Liver disease;
- Migraine headaches;
- Stroke;
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE);
- Tobacco smoker;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to estrogens, other hormones, drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Breast-feeding;

Interactions

Do not take Vagifem with any of the following drugs:
- Aromatase inhibitors like aminoglutethimide, anastrozole, exemestane, letrozole, testolactone;
- Carbamazepine;
- Certain antibiotics prescribed to treat infections;
- Certain barbiturates or benzodiazepines prescribed for inducing sleep or treating seizures;
- Grapefruit juice;
- Drugs for fungus infections like itraconazole and ketoconazole;
- Raloxifene or tamoxifen;
- Rifabutin, rifampin, or rifapentine;
- Ritonavir;
- St John's Wort;
- Warfarin;

Side Effects

Vagifem side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Breast tissue changes or discharge;
- Changes in vision;
- Chest pain;
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding;
- Dark urine;
- General ill feeling or flu-like symptoms;
- Light-colored stools;
- Nausea, vomiting;
- Pain, swelling, warmth in the leg;
- Right upper belly pain;
- Severe headaches;
- Shortness of breath;
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg;
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination;
- Unusual vaginal bleeding;
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin;
- Hair loss;
- Increased hunger or thirst;
- Increased urination;
- Symptoms of vaginal infection like itching, irritation or unusual discharge;
- Unusually weak or tired;

Dosage

The usual dosage is 1 tablet a day for the first 2 weeks, then 1 tablet twice weekly. Every 3 to 6 months, the doctor will see if the dosage can be reduced or discontinued.

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