femHRT

Generic Name: Ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone acetate

  • What is femHRT?

    femHRT is a hormone replacement therapy for women experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, such as vaginal itching and hot flashes. Also, femHRT prevents the thinning of bones (osteoporosis) that usually happens when a women enters menopause.
  • What is the most important information I should know about femHRT?

    femHRT is an estrogen/progestin combination drug. Do not use estrogens and progestins to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, or strokes. Using estrogens and progestins may increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots in the legs and lungs. femHRT should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period.
  • Who should not take femHRT?

    You should not take femHRT if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. If you have abnormal vaginal bleeding, have or had certain cancers, had your uterus removed (hysterectomy), have liver disease or have had a heart attack/stroke, do not take femHRT. Talk with your doctor about other treatment options for your menopausal symptoms.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of femHRT?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with femHRT. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    The usual dosage of femHRT is one pill, once per day, every day.

  • How should I take femHRT?

    You can take femHRT any time of day, with or without food. However, it's usually easier to plan to take it at the same time each day; for example, just after brushing your teeth or before you go to bed.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with femHRT?

    If femHRT is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining femHRT with the following:

    Acetaminophen, Blood pressure medications, Blood thinners, Clarithromycin, Cyclosporin, Diabetes medications, Erythromycin, Estrogens, Grapefruit juice, Intraconazole, Ketoconazole, Oral contraceptives, Prednisolone, Ritonavir, Theophylline

  • What are the possible side effects of femHRT?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: Abdominal pain, breast tenderness or enlargement, enlargement of uterine fibroids (benign growths in the uterus), headache, nausea and vomiting, retention of extra fluid (edema), spotty darkening of the skin

  • Can I receive femHRT if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Like other estrogen/progestin therapies, it is not recommended to take femHRT if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of femHRT?

    If you forget to take your pill at the usual time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next pill, skip the missed pill and take the next one in the pack. Do not take two pills at once.
  • How should I store femHRT?

    Store at room temperature.