What is Prempak-C?
Prempak-C is a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) preparation for menopausal women. Prempak-C tablets contain conjugated oestrogens and norgestrel, two types of hormones that play an important role in regulating women’s monthly cycles. In the period leading to menopause, women’s bodies produce less and less of these female sex hormones. This can cause distressing symptoms. Prempak C supplements hormone deficiencies, which helps reduce menopausal symptoms.
What is it used for?
Prempak-C relieves symptoms caused by declining hormone levels in the blood during menopause, such as:
- Hot flashes;
- Night sweats;
- Irregular and/or heavy periods;
- Sleep disturbances;
- Dryness of mucous membranes (eyes, vagina);
- Mood swings, nervousness, depression, irritability.
Prempak-C is sometimes also used to prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
Prempak-C produces a monthly withdrawal bleed and is therefore more suitable for menopausal women who are still having periods. Women whose periods have stopped or who have had a hysterectomy may need to take a different hormone replacement medicine.
How to use Prempak-C
Prempak-C consists of two types of tablets. One oestrogen tablet is taken every day. For the last 12 days of each 28 day cycle (starting on day 17) you also take one of the norgestrel tablets. Prempak-C is available in convenient blister packs marked with the days of the week.
Prempak-C tablets should be swallowed whole, preferably at the same time each day. If you have forgotten to take a dose, you may take the missed dose unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose.
Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose is:
- Day 1 to 16: one oestrogen tablet, once a day;
- Day 17 to 28: one oestrogen tablet and one norgestrel tablet, once a day.
Be sure to read the package leaflet before you start using this medicine.
Prempak-C may cause side effects. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms;
- Breast tenderness or soreness;
See the package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Prempak-C is usually not given to women in the fertile age bracket. Women who are still capable of becoming pregnant should not use this medicine if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Prempak-C does not affect your reaction time or impair your ability to drive safely.
There are no known interactions between alcohol or specific foods and Prempak-C.