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What is Hormonin?
Hormonin is a hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also called hormone therapy (HT) preparation for women. Hormonin tablets are used to relieve menopausal symptoms in women going through menopause. Hormonin is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Hormonin used for?
Many women suffer from physical and psychological symptoms during menopause. These symptoms are caused by declining levels of oestrogen in the body. Women's ovaries gradually produce less and less oestrogen when women are around 45 years of age, and oestrogen levels decline as a result. This can cause distressing symptoms, such as:
- Hot flushes;
- Mood swings;
- Dryness of mucous membranes (eyes, vagina, mouth);
- Sleeping difficulties;
- Night sweats;
Hormonin tablets contain three active ingredients: estradiol, estriol and estrone. These are all naturally occurring forms of the main female sex hormone oestrogen. They are given as a supplement to replace the falling levels in the body and help reduce menopausal symptoms.
How to use Hormonin
Hormonin tablets should be swallowed whole with some water without chewing. They can be taken with or without food. 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. Hormonin is available in blister packs containing 28 tablets. The tablets can be taken on a continuous basis (no tablet-free interval) or cyclically (for three weeks out of every four). The doctor will tell you how long you need to take this medicine.
Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose in adult women is:
- one tablet once daily for 21 or 28 days each monthly cycle.
Always follow the prescription exactly - never use more or less than the doctor recommends. Read the package leaflet before use.
Treatment with Hormonin may cause side effects, such as:
- Breast tenderness or soreness;
- Nausea, stomach ache or other gastrointestinal symptoms;
- Breakthrough bleeding (spotting) or an increase in vaginal discharge;
- Muscle cramps.
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 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 more information on these and other side effects.
When not to use Hormonin
Hormonin tablets are not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to estradiol, estriol, estrone or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have a known or past history of thrombosis, embolism, liver disease, breast cancer or 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 Hormonin if you have a health condition that is not listed above or are currently on medication.
Hormonin is usually given to women who are no longer in the fertile age bracket. Women who don't fall within this group should not use Hormonin if pregnant or breastfeeding. Hormonin tablets do not protect against pregnancy. If you are still capable of becoming pregnant, you should use a non-hormonal method of birth control as a precaution. This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.