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Angeliq is a medication used in menopausal hormone therapy to help relieve symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. Each tablet contains a combination of estradiol, which is a form of the female hormone estrogen, and drospirenone, which is a synthetic progestin.
Estradiol is a naturally occurring hormone in the female body and its levels decrease during menopause. Angeliq provides estradiol to help alleviate symptoms of low estrogen, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Drospirenone has anti-androgenic properties and helps counteract any potential side effects of estradiol, such as bloating and breast tenderness. In addition, drospirenone also provides a contraceptive effect when taken at higher doses.
Use and Dosage
Angeliq tablets are taken orally, typically once a day with or without food. Take Angeliq tablets regularly to experience the full benefits. Swallow the tablet whole with liquids. Do not break, crush, or chew it. Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine.
The recommended dosage for medications can be influenced by several factors, including body weight, pre-existing medical conditions, and other medications being taken. If your doctor advises a different dosage than what is stated on the medication label, avoid changing your medication regimen without first seeking your doctor's approval.
To ensure maximum effectiveness, Angeliq should be taken precisely as prescribed by your doctor. To help you remember, consider taking it at the same time each day. Take Angeliq exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you happen to skip a dose, take it as soon as you remember and continue with your usual schedule. Skip the missed dose if it's nearly time for your next one to prevent doubling up on doses. If you have questions about what to do after missing a dose, consult your physician or pharmacist. Keep in mind that missing multiple tablets may result in vaginal bleeding or spotting.
Common Side Effects of Angeliq (Drospirenone/Estradiol):
- Abdominal gas, gas pains
- Back pain
- Breakthrough bleeding or spotting
- Change in sense of taste
- Darkening of facial skin
- General feeling of being unwell
- Hot flashes
- Increased appetite
- Mood swings
- Problems wearing contact lenses
- Spinning sensation
- Trouble sleeping
- Unusual hair loss or growth
- Vaginal discharge (not bleeding)
- Weight changes
Serious Side Effects of Angeliq (Drospirenone/Estradiol):
- Abdominal pain with nausea or vomiting
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Breast enlargement that is very painful and uncomfortable
- Breast lumps
- Breast pain
- Changes in sleep
- Changes in weight
- Dark urine
- Decreased interest in activities
- Decreased libido (sexual desire)
- Difficulty breathing
- Enlarged fibroids
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Heavy, painful menstrual bleeding
- Increase in blood pressure
- Loss of appetite
- Low back or flank pain
- Migraine headache
- Muscle cramps
- Pain when urinating
- Painful joints
- Pale stools
- Pelvic pain
- Poor concentration
- Swelling of feet, hands, and around ankles
- Thoughts of suicide
- Tingling or numbness
- Trouble concentrating
- Unexpected vaginal bleeding
- Urinating more often than usual
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Varicose veins
- Visual changes
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
Forms and Strength
Angeliq (Drospirenone/Estradiol) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 1/1 mg
- 2/1 mg
- Risk of blood clots: Like other hormonal medications, there is a risk of blood clots when taking Angeliq. Women who have a history of blood clots, smoking, obesity, or other risk factors should talk to their doctor before taking Angeliq.
- Breast cancer: There is a risk of breast cancer when taking Angeliq. Women who have a personal or family history of breast cancer should talk to their doctor before taking Angeliq.
- Endometrial cancer: Estrogen therapy alone can increase the risk of endometrial cancer. The addition of a progestin to Angeliq helps to reduce this risk.
- Gallbladder disease: There is a risk of gallbladder disease when taking hormonal medications like Angeliq. Women who have a history of gallbladder disease should talk to their doctor before taking Angeliq.
- Liver disease: Women with liver disease should talk to their doctor before taking Angeliq as the medication is metabolized in the liver.
- High blood pressure: Angeliq can increase blood pressure in some women. Women with a history of high blood pressure should talk to their doctor before taking Angeliq.
- Jaundice: Women taking hormonal medications like Angeliq may experience jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin and eyes. This can be a sign of liver problems.
- Thyroid problems: Women with thyroid problems should talk to their doctor before taking Angeliq as the medication can affect thyroid function.
- Diabetes: Angeliq can affect glucose tolerance and blood sugar levels in some women. Women with diabetes should talk to their doctor before taking Angeliq.
- Depression: Women who have a history of depression or other mental health disorders should talk to their doctor before taking Angeliq as hormonal medications can affect mood.
- Interactions with other medications: Angeliq may interact with certain medications, including anticoagulants, corticosteroids, and liver enzyme-inducing drugs. Women should discuss their medications with their doctor before starting to take Angeliq.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long Angeliq should be taken for?
The length of time a woman should take Angeliq will depend on her individual symptoms and medical history. Talk to a doctor to determine the appropriate length of treatment.
Can Angeliq interact with other medications?
Yes, Angeliq may interact with certain medications, including anticoagulants, corticosteroids, and liver enzyme-inducing drugs. Women should discuss their medications with their doctor before starting to take Angeliq.
Does Angeliq increase the risk of breast cancer?
Like other hormonal medications, there is a risk of breast cancer when taking Angeliq. Women who have a personal or family history of breast cancer should talk to their doctor before taking Angeliq.
Can Angeliq interact with other medications?
Yes, Angeliq may interact with certain medications, including some antibiotics, seizure medications, and herbal supplements. Women should discuss their medications with their doctor before starting to take Angeliq.
It's important to purchase Angeliq from verified Canadian pharmacy.