Generic Name: drospirenone and estradiol (droe SPYE re none and ES tra DYE ole)
Brand Names: Angeliq
What is Angeliq?
Angeliq contains a combination of drospirenone and estradiol. Drospirenone is a female hormone that helps regulate ovulation and menstruation. Estradiol is a female hormone involved in development and maintenance of the female reproductive system.
Angeliq is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation.
Angeliq is for use only if you have a uterus (if you have not had a hysterectomy).
You should not take Angeliq if you have: a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, circulation problems, unusual vaginal bleeding, kidney disease, liver disease, an adrenal gland disorder, if you have had a hysterectomy, if you have had a heart attack or stroke, or if you have ever had breast or uterine cancer, or a blood clot (especially in your lung or your lower body).
Do not use Angeliq if you are pregnant.
Angeliq should not be used to prevent heart disease, stroke, or dementia. This medicine may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions. Long-term use may also increase your risk of breast cancer or blood clot.
Estradiol may increase your risk of developing a condition that may lead to uterine cancer. Call your doctor right away if you have a breast lump, unusual vaginal bleeding, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Before taking this medicine
You should not take Angeliq if you are allergic to drospirenone or estradiol, or if you have:
a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, or circulation problems;
unusual vaginal bleeding that a doctor has not checked;
an adrenal gland disorder;
a history of hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer;
if you have had your uterus removed (hysterectomy);
if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant;
if you have had a heart attack or stroke; or
if you have ever had a blood clot (especially in your lung or your lower body).
Angeliq should not be used to prevent heart disease, strokes, or dementia, because this medicine may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions.
To make sure Angeliq is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
risk factors for coronary artery disease (such as diabetes, lupus, smoking, being overweight, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, having a family history of coronary artery disease);
a thyroid disorder;
high levels of calcium, sodium, or potassium in your blood;
hereditary angioedema (an immune system disorder);
a history of jaundice caused by pregnancy or taking hormones;
epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
a history of breast lump or abnormal mammogram; or
porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).
Estradiol may increase your risk of developing a condition that may lead to uterine cancer. Taking the combination of drospirenone and estradiol may reduce this risk. Talk with your doctor about your individual risk, and report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away.
Do not use Angeliq if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.
The hormones in Angeliq can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. This medicine may also slow breast milk production. Do not use if you are breast feeding a baby.
How should I take Angeliq?
Take Angeliq exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not crush, chew, or break a Angeliq tablet. Swallow it whole.
Try to take Angeliq at the same time each day.
If you need surgery or medical tests or if you will be on bed rest, you may need to stop using this medicine for a short time. Any doctor or surgeon who treats you should know that you are taking Angeliq.
Your doctor should check your progress on a regular basis (every 3 to 6 months) to determine whether you should continue this treatment. Have regular physical exams and mammograms, and self-examine your breasts for lumps every month.
Store Angeliq at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Angeliq dosing information
Usual Adult Dose of Angeliq for Postmenopausal Symptoms:
Treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms:
drospirenone 0.25 mg/estradiol 0.5 mg tablet or drospirenone 0.5 mg/estradiol 1 mg tablet, 1 tablet orally each day.
Treatment of moderate to severe symptoms of vulvar and vaginal atrophy:
drospirenone 0.5 mg/estradiol 1 mg tablet, 1 tablet orally each day.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you are less than 24 hours late in taking your medicine, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting and vaginal bleeding.
What should I avoid while taking Angeliq?
Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking Angeliq.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with drospirenone and estradiol and lead to unwanted side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
Angeliq side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Angeliq: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Angeliq and call your doctor at once if you have:
abnormal vaginal bleeding;
a breast lump;
confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;
heart attack symptoms - chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
high blood sugar - increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss;
high potassium - nausea, slow or unusual heart rate, weakness, loss of movement;
liver problems - nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
signs of a stroke - sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
signs of a blood clot in the lung - chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood; or
signs of a blood clot in your leg - pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs.
Common Angeliq side effects may include:
light vaginal bleeding or spotting;
breast pain or tenderness;
headache, mood changes;
nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea;
swelling, weight gain; or
vaginal itching or discharge.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Angeliq?
Other drugs may interact with drospirenone and estradiol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about Angeliq.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Angeliq only for the indication prescribed.
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