What is Bedol?
Bedol tablets contain the active ingredient estradiol, which is a naturally occurring form of the female sex hormone oestrogen. This medicine is used as a supplement in women going through menopause to replace the falling hormone levels in the body and help reduce the distressing symptoms of menopause. This treatment method is known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Bedol is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Bedol used for?
Bedol is used to relieve menopausal symptoms, which are caused by declining oestrogen blood levels. Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes;
- Night sweats;
- Dryness of mucous membranes (eyes, vagina, mouth);
- Mood swings or depression;
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep;
- Loss of libido (sex drive);
Bedol supplements the deficiency of oestrogen in the body, which in turn helps minimise or prevent menopausal symptoms.
How to use Bedol
Bedol is an oestrogen-only form of HRT. Women who have not had a hysterectomy should also be prescribed a progestogen medicine to take with this medicine to protect the lining of the uterus from side effects. Bedol comes in convenient blister calendar packs marked with the days of the week. Each pack contains 28 tablets. The tablets should be taken at the same time each day with some water. They can be taken with or without food. Bedol tablets should be taken back to back without a tablet-free interval. If used for more than two years, its use should be reviewed by a doctor.
Unless otherwise advised by the doctor, the usual dose in adult women is:
- one tablet once daily.
Do not exceed the recommended dose and read the package leaflet carefully before use.
HRT can cause side effects, although some people may not experience any. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms;
- Breakthrough bleeding or an increase in vaginal discharge;
- Breast tenderness or soreness;
- Mood swings.
Most side effects will disappear with continued use. If your symptoms have not improved after several weeks, consult a doctor. It is important to be aware that all women using HRT have a slightly increased risk of serious side effects such as cancer and thrombosis compared with women who don’t use HRT. See the package leaflet for further information.
When not to use Bedol
Bedol is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to estradiol or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have a known or past history of thrombosis, liver disease, breast cancer or any other oestrogen-related cancer;
- You have a severe kidney condition, blood disease, vaginal bleeding of unknown cause or an overgrowth of the lining of the womb (endometrial hyperplasia).
Consult your doctor on the use of Bedol if you have a health condition that is not listed above. Be sure to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking when you order to make sure the combination with Bedol is safe. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with.
Bedol is usually given to women who are no longer in the fertile age bracket. Women who don’t fall within this group and who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use this medicine, unless the doctor advises otherwise.
Warning: Bedol is not a contraceptive pill! If you may still be capable of becoming pregnant you should use a form of contraception as a precaution.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.