ESTRACE is very useful in treating vaginal atrophy and preventing osteoporosis in women and conditions caused by menopause.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take ESTRACE with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
ESTRACE works best when taken 30 to 60 minutes before initiating sexual activity. But in some people, it works equally well when taken up to 4 hours before sexual activity. So, it works differently in different people.
The dosage should not increase more than once in a day (24 hours).
Drug Class and Mechanism
ESTRACE falls under sex hormone and used to treat conditions like vaginal atrophy and preventing osteoporosis in women and conditions caused by menopause.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Since it is an erectile dysfunction drug, it must only be used when required. So, there are no chances of a missed dose since it is not taken according to a regular dosage schedule.
Store ESTRACE at room temperature(read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
An overdose of ESTRACE may have adverse effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact the nearest emergency poison control center immediately if you notice effects like excessive vaginal bleeding, severe nausea, and vomiting.
Doctors advise against using ESTRACE if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like vaginal bleeding of abnormal or unknown cause.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Your condition might be monitored or the dosage might be modified to suit you if you have conditions like blood clots, vein inflammation, or liver disease, recent stroke or heart attack or you have known or suspected breast cancer (unless directed by your doctor) or you have cancers that are estrogen-dependent;
ESTRACE may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using ESTRACE. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
Doctors may prescribe certain laboratory tests like physical exams and blood pressure to determine how you have responded to treatment and to gauge the severity of the side effects of ESTRACE. Please Keep all lab appointments and do not miss any tests.
Please inform your lab technician or surgeon that you are taking ESTRACE before you undergo any emergency surgical procedure including dental operations.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using ESTRACE to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby as ESTRACE is known to cause harm to fetus.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using ESTRACE as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include breast pain or tenderness; headache; hair loss; mild nausea or vomiting; spotting or breakthrough bleeding; stomach cramps or bloating.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); back pain;breast discharge or lump in the breast; calf or leg pain or swelling; chest pain; coughing up blood; dark urine; depression; dizziness; fainting; fever; memory problems; mental or mood changes; muscle pain; one-sided weakness; painful or difficult urination; persistent or severe breast pain or tenderness; persistent or severe headache, nausea, or vomiting; severe stomach pain or swelling; slurred speech; sudden shortness of breath; sunburn-like rash; swelling of hands, legs, or feet; unusual vaginal bleeding, discharge, itching, or odor; vision changes; vomiting; weakness or numbness of an arm or leg; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.