Femtrace

Generic Name: Estradiol

  • What is Femtrace?

    Femtrace is a medicine that contains the estrogen hormone, estradiol. It is used to treat moderate to severe symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Femtrace?

    Estrogens increase your risk of developing cancer of the uterus. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual vaginal bleeding while you are taking Femtrace.

    Do not take Femtrace to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, or dementia. Taking Femtrace can increase your chances of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, or blood clots.

    Femtrace can also increase your risk of dementia, gallbladder disease, ovarian cancer, visual abnormalities, high blood pressure, pancreatitis (inflammation of your pancreas), or thyroid problems. Talk regularly with your doctor about whether you still need treatment with Femtrace.

    You can lower your chances of serious side effects with Femtrace by having a breast exam and mammogram (breast x-ray) every year, unless directed by your doctor to have it more often. See your doctor immediately if you get vaginal bleeding while you are taking Femtrace. Also, ask your doctor for ways to lower your chances of getting heart disease, especially if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, if you are overweight, or if you use tobacco.

  • Who should not take Femtrace?

    Do not take Femtrace if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.

    Do not take Femtrace if you have a history of stroke or heart attack, blood clots, liver problems, unusual vaginal bleeding, or certain cancers, including cancer of your breast or uterus.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Femtrace?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Femtrace. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have any unusual vaginal bleeding, asthma, seizures, diabetes, migraine headaches, endometriosis (a common gynecological disorder that may result in sores and pain), lupus (disease that affects the immune system), high blood calcium levels, or problems with your heart, liver, thyroid, or kidneys. Also, tell your doctor if you are going to have surgery or will be on bedrest.

  • 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.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 1 tablet once a day.

  • How should I take Femtrace?

    Take Femtrace exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor regularly (every 3-6 months) about the dose you are taking and whether you still need treatment with Femtrace.

  • What should I avoid while taking Femtrace?

    Do not take Femtrace for conditions for which it was not prescribed.

    Do not give Femtrace to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It can harm them.

    Grapefruit juice can increase your risk of side effects with Femtrace. Talk to your doctor before including grapefruit or grapefruit juice in your diet while you are taking Femtrace.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Femtrace?

    If Femtrace 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 Femtrace with the following: carbamazepine, clarithromycin, erythromycin, grapefruit juice, itraconazole, ketoconazole, phenobarbital, rifampin, ritonavir, or St. John's wort.

  • What are the possible side effects of Femtrace?

    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, bloating, breast pain, fluid retention, hair loss, headache, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting, liver problems, nausea, vaginal yeast infections, vomiting

    If you experience symptoms of breast lumps, changes in your speech, changes in your vision, chest pain, dizziness and faintness, pain in your legs, severe headaches, shortness of breath, unusual vaginal bleeding, or vomiting, contact your doctor immediately.

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

    Do not take Femtrace if you are pregnant. The hormone in Femtrace can be found in your breast milk if you take it while you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Femtrace?

    If you miss a dose of Femtrace, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Femtrace?

    Store at room temperature.