DEPO-ESTRADIOL- estradiol cypionate injection
Pharmacia and Upjohn Company LLC
Brand of estradiol cypionate injection, USP
Read this PATIENT INFORMATION before you start taking DEPO-Estradiol and read what you get each time you refill DEPO-Estradiol. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
Estrogens increase the chances of getting cancer of the uterus.
Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away while you are taking estrogens. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the uterine (womb). Your healthcare provider should check any unusual vaginal bleeding to find out the cause.
Do not use estrogens with or without progestins to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, or strokes.
Using estrogens with or without progestins may increase your chances of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, and blood clots. You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with DEPO-Estradiol.
What is DEPO-Estradiol?
Depo-Estradiol injection is an estrogen product. The information below is that which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires be provided for all patients taking estrogens. For further information ask your doctor.
What is DEPO-Estradiol used for?
DEPO-Estradiol is used during and after menopause to:
When the estrogen levels begin dropping, some women develop very uncomfortable symptoms, such as feeling of warmth in the face, neck and chest or sudden strong feelings of heat and sweating ("hot flashes" or "hot flushes"). Using estrogen drugs can help the body adjust to lower estrogen levels and reduce these symptoms. Most women have only mild menopause symptoms or none at all and do not need estrogen drugs for these symptoms.
DEPO-Estradiol is also used to:
Who should not take DEPO-Estradiol?
Do not start taking DEPO-Estradiol if you:
See the end of this leaflet for a list of ingredients in DEPO-Estradiol.
Tell your healthcare provider:
The hormone in DEPO-Estradiol can pass into your milk.
How should I take DEPO-Estradiol?
Take DEPO-Estradiol as directed by your healthcare provider.
Estrogens should be used only as long as needed. You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly (for example, every 3 to 6 months) about whether you still need treatment with DEPO-ESTRADIOL.
What are the possible side effects of estrogens?
Less common but serious side effects include:
These are some of the warning signs of serious side effects:
Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of these warning signs, or any other unusual symptom that concerns you.
Common side effects include:
Other side effects include:
These are not all the possible side effects of DEPO-Estradiol. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
What can I do to lower my chances of getting a serious side effect with DEPO-Estradiol?
General information about safe and effective use of DEPO-Estradiol
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not take DEPO-Estradiol for conditions for which it was not prescribed. Do not give DEPO-Estradiol to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. Keep DEPO-Estradiol out of the reach of children.
This leaflet provides a summary of the most important information about DEPO-Estradiol. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. You can ask for information about DEPO-Estradiol that is written for health professionals. You can get more information by calling the toll free number 1-800-438-1985. You are cautioned to discuss very carefully with your doctor or healthcare provider all the possible risks and benefits of long-term estrogen and progestin treatment as they affect you personally.