Oftentimes, women who experience an extraordinary loss of estrogen are faced with unique health issues. Some of those include vaginal burning, cracking, dryness and itching.
Premarin is a medication that can infuse the much needed estrogen back into the area. The drug comes in cream form and is inserted into the vagina through a specially made plunge applicator.
Dosage amounts for Premarin; however, can be tricky. Too much of the medication has been known to cause blood clots in aging women. Too little of the product will not help to solve the underlying issues. For these reasons, it is imperative to follow doctor’s prescriptions exactly as written.
It is important to clean the applicator after each use in order to prevent bacteria growth that could prove dangerous. Wash the applicator in very hot water and dry it thoroughly before packing it away. However, do not boil or microwave the applicator as it will disintegrate the plastic easily.
As with all medications, Premarin has its side effects. The most common of these include bloating, dizziness, headache, nausea and stomach upset and weight changes. It may also include a decrease or increase in the woman’s sex drive and cause breast tenderness. Such side effects should be reported to a physician.
While the above effects are considered mild, there are more serious ones to watch for. These include, but are not limited to chest pain, difficulty breathing, jaundice, muscle pain (especially in the calves), severe headache, slurred speech, sudden and drastic mood swings, swelling of the limbs, vision alteration, unexplained new lumps in the breast, vaginal bleeding, weakness on one side of the body. These side effects are dangerous enough to warrant a trip to an ER facility.
Some people may also find themselves allergic to the drug. Allergy symptoms include blackout, difficulty breathing, itching, skin, unexplained rash and swelling.
Some people may be ineligible to use this drug. This would include anyone suffering from one or more of the following:
Abnormal calcium levels,
Cholesterol or lipid concerns,
Congestive heart failure,
Excessive weight gain,
Jaundice with estrogen use,
Uterine fibroids or
Premarin may also result in a darkening of facial skin. Exposure to sunlight or artificial lights like tanning booths and sunlaps may intensify the discoloration.
Smoking cigarettes in conjunction with this drug can result in an increased chance of blood clots. That is particularly true for women 35 years of age or older.
Be aware that the mineral oil included in Premarin may weaken rubber products such as condoms or diaphragms, thereby rendering them useless.
It is inadvisable to take other estrogen products in conjunction with Premarin, since the increased dosage amount could prove fatal. Women who are pregnant are rarely prescribed this medication for health reasons due to increased hormone levels. Additionally, Premarin isn’t recommended for use in women who are breast-feeding. Estrogen, passed on to an infant, could result in long-term health problems.
Make certain your physician is aware of any other medications you are taking since they could have a negative impact when used in conjunction with Premarin. He may recommend continued use of the drugs, but want to run periodic lab tests to identify any beginning absnormalities.
Never share this medication with other women. You do not know all of their health problems and could be putting them in danger by doing so.
If an overdose of Premarin is suspected, contact a poison control center as quickly as possible. The federal hotline is 1-800-222-1222. Another option is to report to an urgent care facility or hospital.
If you miss a dose of the medication, do not double up on it at the next dosage time. Simply take the normal dose and extend the dosing period by one.
Premarin should be stored at room temperature away from extreme heat or cold. It should not be refrigerated. Also keep the cap on the drug when it is not being used, in order to avoid contamination.
Do not throw Premarin away once you are finished with your dosage amounts. Contact a local pharmacist for advisement on how to safely dispose of the drug.
Pamphlet that came with the Premarin cream and
Information provided by local Rite Aid pharmacist.