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Angeliq

Angeliq is a medicine used to treat the symptoms of menopause. It contains two active ingredients – estradiol and drospirenone – which 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?

Angeliq is a medicine used to treat the symptoms of menopause. It contains two active ingredients – estradiol and drospirenone – which 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, their ovaries gradually produce fewer hormones and oestrogen blood levels decline as a result. This, combined with changes in hormone levels after menopause, when women’s periods have stopped altogether, can cause uncomfortable symptoms, the most common being hot flashes; night sweats; dryness of mucous membranes (eyes, vagina, mouth); mood swings or depression; difficulty falling or staying asleep, loss of libido (sex drive) and osteoporosis.

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, 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, use of Angeliq HRT should be reviewed by a doctor.

Dosage

Unless otherwise advised by a doctor, the usual dose is one Angeliq tablet once a day. Do not exceed the recommended dose and read the package leaflet carefully before use.

Side effects

HRT can cause side effects, although some people may not experience any. Side effects known to be associated with Angeliq HRT are headaches; gastrointestinal symptoms; breakthrough bleeding; increase in vaginal discharge, breast tenderness or soreness and mood swings. Most side effects will disappear with continued use, but you should consult a doctor if these or other side effects persist. 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.

See the package leaflet for further information.

When not to use Angeliq tablets

Angeliq HRT 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 HRT if you have a health condition that is not listed above or are currently on medication. For more information, see the package leaflet.

Pregnancy/driving ability/alcohol

Angeliq tablets are usually given to women who are no longer in the fertile age bracket. Women who do not fall within this group and who are pregnant, or breastfeeding should not use this medicine, unless a doctor advises otherwise. Warning: Angeliq is not a contraceptive pill! This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.

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