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This product requires a prescription. Our online Dr can review your medical history and issue a prescription renewal (at no extra cost) if necessary. This product will not ship from New Zealand, but from a licensed affiliate international pharmacy (typically the UK).
(This item can take a little longer to ship as it is a quota
item, meaning the manufacturer only allows a certain amount bought
by wholesalers each month. Currently this can take 2-3 weeks or
more to ship)
is primarily used by women who are experiencing atrophic
or vaginal atrophy, resulting from chronically low levels of
estrogen. Atrophic Vaginitis usually occurs as a result of
menopause or reproductive surgery which has interfered with
Vagifem is a localized treatment, meaning it administers estrogen
to vaginal tissues, and will only minutely influence hormone levels
elsewhere in the body.
Treating Atrophic Vaginitis with Vagifem
Estrogen is the hormone largely responsible for the development and
health of the reproductive system in women; the female equivalent
of testosterone. Low levels of estrogen can produce a number of
uncomfortable vaginal side effects:
estrogen levels will usually reverse these symptoms. Vagifem
vaginal tablets, or suppositories, are inserted directly into the
vagina, where the medication is absorbed by surrounding tissues.
This localized effect supplies the tissues with estrogen while
having little impact on estrogen levels elsewhere in the body,
which reduces the risk of many of the serious side effects
associated with estrogen replacement. Estrogen from this treatment
will also not accumulate over time.
Each vaginal tablet comes in an individually wrapped, single-use
applicator for easy administration.
Most women are prescribed 10 mcg of the medication to start with,
taken once a day for 2 weeks, then tapered off to twice a week. In
some cases dosages may be higher, up to 25 mcg. As with all hormone
therapies, results are best if the medication is administered at
the same time and on the same days.
Many women notice improvements just days after beginning treatment,
but the full effects may not be felt for several
Duration of treatment will vary by individual circumstances; many
women find hormone levels stabilize on their own after the body
adjusts to menopause or surgery, while others will need to
supplement estrogen on a long-term basis.
Some types of cancer, particularly breast and uterine cancers, are
stimulated by estrogen. The hormone may also contribute to the
formation of blood clots. Vagifem should not be used by women who
currently have, have a history of, or are at high risk of
developing, these types of cancers or blood clots. Women who aren't
at particular risk may be given another hormone, progestin,
along with Vagifem to reduce the risk. Women who have had a
hysterectomy are also at reduced risk.
Estrogen can disrupt reproductive system development in babies or
young children; be sure to keep the medication out of reach.
Vagifem should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, or women
actively trying to become pregnant.
Because estrogen has such a big impact on so many bodily functions
it should be used with caution in women who have any major medical
issues, such as asthma, heart disease, or liver failure. If it is
being taken, regular doctor visits should be scheduled to monitor
response to treatment.
In otherwise healthy women, side effects are rare and typically
- Dryness, itching, burning or other irritation
- Pain or bleeding during intercourse
- Painful or urgent urination
is known to interact with other medications and even supplements.
Though unlikely to produce a dangerous side effect, interactions
may cause treatment with either Vagifem or the other medication may
be less effective. Check with a doctor or pharmacist to be sure
medications are safe to use together.
- Appetite changes
- Swollen, tender breasts
- Headache or dizziness
- Spotting or menstrual changes
- Acne or skin changes
- Swelling of lower extremities
- Yeast Infections
No current Rx required
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Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.
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2016-04-30 08:56:49 EST
Help my over active bladder syndrome
2015-02-13 13:33:39 EST
I've used it before and really helps with vaginal dryness. Doctor who prescribed has moved
2014-08-23 16:59:12 EST
It helps dryness in the vagina and it really is great for insomina. I sleep through the night.
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