What is Vagifem?
Vagifem (generic name: estradiol) is a vaginal prescription tablet indicated to treat atrophic vaginitis among postmenopausal women. It reduces vaginal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, irritation, itching, and burning.
This is available in Vagifem 10 mcg and 25 mcg vaginal tablets.
How does Vagifem work?
Vagifem plays a role in developing and maintaining the female reproductive system and secondary sexual characteristics. It also modulates the pituitary secretion of follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, and gonadotropins in menopausal women.
How should I use Vagifem?
To use this drug, you must first read the patient information leaflet. Wash your hands before the insertion. Then, hold the applicator in a way that the index finger could push the plunger. In a comfortable position, insert the applicator slowly in the vaginal opening with the help of your other hand. Half of the applicator should be inserted. To release the tablet, completely press the plunger. Once you are done, gently take the applicator out and dispose of it properly.
Side effects of Vagifem
The common side effects of Vagifem tablets are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, stomach cramps, bloating, weight changes, increased facial hairs, acne, and breast tenderness. Further, some severe side effects that you have to report are increased vaginal irritation, unusual vaginal bleeding, breast lumps, severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, signs of blood clots, and mental or mood changes. Consult a healthcare professional if serious adverse reactions occur.
Vagifem tablets should not be used if you have a known allergy to estradiol or any inactive ingredients each vaginal tablet contains. Signs of serious allergic reactions are difficulty breathing, skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes, swelling of the face, hives, and severe dizziness. Call for emergency help if this occurs.
Vagifem tablets are also contraindicated for people with a history of blood clots, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, hormonal problems, cancer of the breast, seizure, liver disease, kidney disease, or mental disorders.
Due to drug interactions, you should also discuss with your physician all the prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
This type of hormone medication may increase the risk of blood clots. Consult your doctor if you go through surgery, on a long-haul flight, or will remain confined in a certain position for a long time. In these events, it might be necessary to take special precautions or discontinue medication temporarily.
Avoid smoking or using tobacco while on this vaginal tablet. The substances they may contain can either worsen or trigger a heart attack, blood clot formation, or hypertension. Women ages 35 years and above could be more prone to this condition.
Limit your exposure to the sun. This is to minimize dark, blotchy patches on the skin that could be caused by this drug. Sun exposure could worsen certain skin conditions. Apply sunblock lotion or cream and wear protective clothing when going out.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much does Vagifem cost?
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2. How often should I administer Vagifem?
This tablet should be inserted once daily for two weeks and twice a week after that. Schedule your doses so you won’t miss any.
3. How is Vagifem classified?
This vaginal tablet is classified as an estrogen derivative.