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Progynova

Progynova

Progynova tablets contain the active ingredient estradiol, which is a naturally occurring form of the main female sex hormone oestrogen. The tablets are used to relieve symptoms in women going through menopause. Estradiol replaces the body’s natural oestrogen, thereby controlling menopausal symptoms. This type of treatment is known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or hormone therapy (HT). Progynova is a prescription-only medicine.

What is Progynova?

Progynova tablets contain the active ingredient estradiol, which is a naturally occurring form of the main female sex hormone oestrogen. The tablets are used to relieve symptoms in women going through menopause. Estradiol replaces the body’s natural oestrogen, thereby controlling menopausal symptoms. This type of treatment is known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or hormone therapy (HT). Progynova is a prescription-only medicine.

 

What is Progynova used for?

Progynova tablets are used to control menopausal symptoms, such as:

  • Hot flushes;
  • Night sweats;
  • Sleeping difficulties;
  • Dryness of the vagina, mouth or eyes;
  • Mood swings, anxiety or depression;
  • Loss of libido (sex drive);
  • Osteoporosis.

 

Menopausal symptoms are caused by a decrease in the production of oestrogen in the body. Progynova tablets can be used as a supplement to replace the falling levels of oestrogen to help restore hormonal balance, which in turn reduces menopausal symptoms.

 

How to use Progynova

Progynova tablets are an oestrogen-only form of HRT. Women who have not had a hysterectomy should be prescribed a progestogen hormone to take with this medicine to protect the lining of the womb from side effects. Progynova comes in convenient blister packs marked with the days of the week. Each pack contains 28 Progynova tablets. Each Progynova tablet should be taken at the same time each day, with or without food. A doctor should determine if you should take the Progynova tablets on a continuous basis or cyclically (for three weeks followed by a tablet-free week). For more information, see the package leaflet.

 

Dosage

Progynova is available in tablets of 1 mg and 2 mg. A doctor should determine what strength you should use. Unless otherwise advised by a doctor, the usual dose in adult women is one Progynova tablet once a day for as long as the doctor prescribes. Do not exceed the recommended dose and read the package leaflet carefully before use.

 

Side effects

HRT may cause side effects, and the following are some that are associated with Progynova tablets:

  • Breast tenderness or soreness;
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms;
  • Breakthrough bleeding or an increase in vaginal discharge;
  • Mood swings.

 

Most side effects will disappear with continued use, but you should consult a doctor if these or other side effects are persistent. It is important to be aware that in rare cases, HRT can cause serious side effects such as cancer and thrombosis. See the package leaflet for more information.

 

When not to use Progynova

Progynova is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if you:

  • Are allergic to estradiol or any other ingredient in this medicine;
  • Have a past history of thrombosis, liver disease, breast cancer or other oestrogen-related cancer;
  • 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 Progynova if you have health problems that are not listed above. It is also important to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking during your consultation to ensure the combination with Progynova is safe.

 

Pregnancy / driving ability / alcohol

Progynova tablets are intended for women experiencing a natural menopause. Women who may still be fertile should not use this medicine if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

NB: Progynova 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.