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What is Angeliq?
Angeliq is a medicine that is used to treat the symptoms of menopause. It contains two active ingredients: estradiol and drospirenone. These are forms of the main female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. Angeliq is used to treat women experiencing a natural menopause who have not had a period in more than 12 months and who have not had a hysterectomy. Angeliq is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Angeliq used for?
As women age, women's ovaries gradually produce less and less hormones and oestrogen blood levels decline as a result. This can cause distressing symptoms. Changes in hormone levels after menopause, when women's periods have stopped altogether, can also cause uncomfortable symptoms. The most 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);
Angeliq is a hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a medical treatment containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause. By restoring hormonal balance in the body, it minimises or prevents the symptoms of menopause.
How to use Angeliq
Angeliq tablets come in convenient blister calendar packs marked with the days of the week. They should be taken at the same time each day with some water, and can be taken either with or without food. Angeliq 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;
- Increase in vaginal discharge;
- Breast tenderness or soreness;
- Mood swings.
Most side effects will disappear with continued use. Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are persistent. For more information on side effects, see the package leaflet. 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 Angeliq
Angeliq is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to estradiol, drospirenone 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 a doctor on the use of Angeliq if you have a health condition that is not listed above or are currently on medication. For more information, see the package leaflet.
Angeliq 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: Angeliq is not a contraceptive pill! This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.