What is Elleste Duet Conti?
Elleste Duet Conti is a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) preparation, a treatment used to relieve the symptoms of menopause. The active ingredients estradiol and norethisterone, which are forms of the main female sex hormones oestrogen and progestogen, restore hormonal balance in menopausal women, which helps reduce the symptoms. Elleste Duet Conti is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Elleste Duet Conti used for?
HRT provides relief from many menopausal symptoms, including:
- Hot flushes;
- Night sweats;
- Dryness of mucous membranes (eyes, vagina, mouth);
- Anxiety, mood swings or depression;
- Pain during sex;
- Loss of libido (sex drive);
Elleste Duet Conti contains estradiol which relieves the symptoms of menopause. Norethisterone protects the womb lining from side effects. Elleste Duet Conti does not produce a monthly withdrawal bleed. It is therefore more suitable for women with an intact womb whose periods have already stopped or who have not had a period for at least 12 months.
How to use Elleste Duet Conti
Each Elleste Duet Conti blister pack contains 28 tablets. One tablet is taken every day for 28 days. When you finish all 28, you start with a new blister on the following day. Elleste Duet Conti does not have a tablet-free interval and does not produce a withdrawal bleed. Elleste Duet Conti tablets can be taken with or without food. They should not be chewed but swallowed whole with plenty of liquid. For more information, see the package leaflet.
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.
Treatment with Elleste Duet Conti may cause side effects, including:
- Nausea, stomach ache or other gastrointestinal symptoms;
- Breakthrough bleeding (spotting);
- Vaginal discharge;
- Breast tenderness or soreness;
- Mood swings.
Most side effects will disappear with continued use. Consult a doctor if the side effects are persistent. It is important to be aware that all women using HRT have an increased risk of serious side effects such as breast cancer and thrombosis compared with women who don’t use HRT. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Elleste Duet Conti
Elleste Duet Conti is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to estradiol, norethisterone or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have a known or past history of thrombosis, liver disease, breast cancer or other hormone-related cancer;
- You have vaginal bleeding of unknown cause or an overgrowth of the lining of the womb (endometrial hyperplasia);
- You have a blood disease or kidney disorder.
Consult a doctor on the use of Elleste Duet Conti if you have a health condition that is not listed above or are currently on medication.
This medicine is intended for women experiencing a natural menopause. Women who don’t fall within this group should not use Elleste Duet Conti if pregnant or breastfeeding, unless otherwise advised by a doctor.
Warning: ] Elleste Duet Conti is not a contraceptive pill! If you are still capable of becoming pregnant you should use a contraceptive of some kind as a precaution.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.