Angeliq (Estradiol/Drospirenone) Product Information
Angeliq is a prescription medicine for treating menopausal symptoms like vaginal changes and hot flashes. It is a combination hormone medication, containing female hormones Drospirenone, and Estradiol.
Drospirenone regulates ovulation and menstruation, while Estradiol is related to the development and maintenance of the female reproductive system.
The normal dose for a menopausal woman will be based on the specific menopause symptom she is trying to treat. If it is vasomotor symptoms, then she can take a 0.25mg drospirenone/0.5mg estradiol pill one time a day or a 0.5mg drospirenone/1mg estradiol tablet once per day.
If treating vulvar or vaginal atrophy, the best dose is a 0.5mg drospirenone/1mg estradiol pill once per day, and this oral tablet should be taken continuously unless the doctor cautions otherwise. Only if you are not already using estrogens or a continuous combination medicine, you can start using Angeliq right away, but if you are using continuous sequential or cyclic hormone therapy,you should finish your current cycle first.
For patients who have been prescribed this medication to treat vulvar and vaginal atrophy, then your doctor might recommend a topical remedy too.
Make sure you take this medicine according to your physician’s instructions as this is the only way you can be sure it will work effectively. The tablets shouldn’t be split, crushed or chewed, but consumed whole, and for best results, taken at the same hour every day, also if you notice any irregular bleeding while on Angeliq, report it to your doctor.
Prior to having a major surgery your surgeon should be informed that you are taking Angeliq. Finally, keep on examining your breasts for lumps and have a mammogram test done.
The following are some common side effects:
- Mood swings
- Vaginal itching
- Vaginal discharge
- Breakthrough bleeding
- Your menstrual period might change
- Breast pain
- Fluid retention, weight gain
- Stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea.
If your doctor wants to prescribe you Angeliq, make sure you take the following precautions:
- Avoid if you are pregnant
- Don’t take if you have untreated vaginal bleeding
- Tell your doctor if you have ever treated coronary artery disease, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, an adrenal gland disorder, a bleeding disorder, stroke or blood clots
- Inform your doctor about a cancer you are treating now or treated in the past: cervical, uterus lining, vaginal or breast cancer
- Let your doctor know if you have had hysterectomy surgery done