Skip to Content

UK Edition. Click here for US version.

PREMIQUE CYCLE 0.625 MG/10 MG COATED TABLETS

Active substance(s): CONJUGATED ESTROGENS / CONJUGATED OESTROGENS / MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE

View full screen / Print PDF » Download PDF ⇩
Transcript
Package leaflet: Information for the patient
PREMIQUE CYCLE® 0.625 mg/10 mg Coated Tablets
conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone acetate
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.





Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet:
1. What Premique Cycle is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Premique Cycle
3. How to take Premique Cycle
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Premique Cycle
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT PREMIQUE CYCLE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Premique Cycle is a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). It contains two types of female
hormones, an estrogen and a progestogen (medroxyprogesterone). Premique Cycle is used to treat
some of the symptoms and conditions associated with the menopause. Premique Cycle is a sequential
HRT (an HRT product where you have a monthly bleed).
Premique Cycle is used for:
Relief of symptoms occurring after menopause
During the menopause, the amount of the estrogen produced by a woman’s body drops. This can
cause symptoms such as hot face, neck and chest ("hot flushes"). Premique Cycle alleviates these
symptoms after menopause. You will only be prescribed Premique Cycle if your symptoms
seriously hinder your daily life.
Prevention of osteoporosis
After the menopause some women may develop fragile bones (osteoporosis). You should discuss
all available options with your doctor.
If you are at an increased risk of fractures due to osteoporosis and other medicines are not
suitable for you, you can use Premique Cycle to prevent osteoporosis after menopause.
You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE PREMIQUE CYCLE
Medical history and regular check-ups

PQ 5_0

Page 1 of 12

2016-0014994

The use of HRT carries risks which need to be considered when deciding whether to start taking it, or
whether to carry on taking it.
The experience in treating women with a premature menopause (due to ovarian failure or surgery) is
limited. If you have a premature menopause the risks of using HRT may be different. Please talk to
your doctor.
Before you start (or restart) HRT, your doctor will ask about your own and your family’s medical
history. Your doctor may decide to perform a physical examination. This may include an
examination of your breasts and/or an internal examination, if necessary.
Once you have started on Premique Cycle you should see your doctor for regular check-ups (at least
once a year). At these check-ups, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of continuing with
Premique Cycle.
Go for regular breast screening, as recommended by your doctor.
2.1 Do not take Premique Cycle
If any of the following applies to you. If you are not sure about any of the points below, talk to
your doctor before taking Premique Cycle.
Do not take Premique Cycle:
 If you are allergic to conjugated estrogens or medroxyprogesterone acetate or any of
the ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
 If you have or have ever had breast cancer, or if you are suspected of having it.
 If you have cancer which is sensitive to estrogens such as cancer of the womb lining
(endometrium) or if you are suspected of having it.
 If you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding.
 If you have excessive thickening of the womb lining (endometrial hyperplasia) that is
not being treated.
 If you have or have ever had a blood clot in a vein (thrombosis) such as in the legs (deep
venous thrombosis) or the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
 If you have a blood clotting disorder (such as protein C, protein S, or antithrombin
deficiency).
 If you have or recently have had a disease caused by blood clots in the arteries, such as a
heart attack, stroke or angina.
 If you have or have ever had a liver disease and your liver function tests have not
returned to normal.
 If you have a rare blood problem called “porphyria” which is passed down in families
(inherited).
 If you are pregnant, or you are breast-feeding.
If any of the above conditions appear for the first time while taking Premique Cycle, stop taking it at
once and consult your doctor immediately.
Warning and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Premique Cycle.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any of the following problems, before you start the treatment,
as these may return or become worse during treatment with Premique Cycle. If so, you should see
your doctor more often for check-ups:
PQ 5_0

Page 2 of 12

2016-0014994



















fibroids inside your womb
growth of the womb lining (endometriosis) or a history of excessive growth of the womb
lining (endometrial hyperplasia)
increased risk of developing blood clots (see section 2.3 - Blood Clots in a vein
(thrombosis) for more detail)
increased risk of getting an estrogen-sensitive cancer (such as having a mother, sister or
grandmother who has had breast cancer) (see section 2.2 – HRT and cancer for more
detail)
high blood pressure
heart disease (see section 2.3 – Heart Disease for more detail)
a liver disorder (e.g. a benign liver tumour)
diabetes
gallbladder disease or gallstones
migraine or severe headaches
fluid retention due to cardiac or kidney problems
a disease of the immune system that affects many organs of the body (systemic lupus
erythematosus, SLE)
epilepsy
asthma
a disease affecting the eardrum and hearing (otosclerosis)
low blood calcium levels (hypocalcaemia)
a very high level of fat in your blood (triglycerides).

Stop taking Premique Cycle and see a doctor immediately.
If you notice any of the following when taking HRT:








Any of the conditions mentioned in the ‘DO NOT take Premique Cycle’ section.
Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes (jaundice). These may be signs of a
liver disease.
A large rise in your blood pressure (symptoms may be headache, tiredness, dizziness).
Migraine-like headaches which happen for the first time.
If you become pregnant.
Have an allergic reaction, signs of which include rash, itching, shortness of breath, difficulty
breathing and a swollen face.
If you notice signs of a blood clot, such as:
painful swelling and redness of the legs
sudden chest pain
difficulty in breathing
For more information, see section 2.3 - Blood Clots in a vein (thrombosis).

Note: Premique Cycle is not a contraceptive. If it is less than 12 months since your last menstrual
period or you are under 50 years old, you may still need to use additional contraception to prevent
pregnancy. Speak to your doctor for advice.

PQ 5_0

Page 3 of 12

2016-0014994

2.2 HRT and cancer
Excessive thickening of the lining of the womb (endometrial hyperplasia) and cancer of the
lining of the womb (endometrial cancer)
Taking estrogen-only HRT will increase the risk of excessive thickening of the lining of the
womb (endometrial hyperplasia) and cancer of the womb lining (endometrial cancer). The
progestogen in Premique Cycle protects you from this extra risk.
If you still have your womb, your doctor may prescribe a progestogen as well as estrogen. If so,
these may be prescribed separately, or as a combined HRT product.
If you have had your womb removed (a hysterectomy), your doctor will discuss with you
whether you can safely take estrogen without a progestogen.
If you’ve had your womb removed because of endometriosis, any endometrium left in your
body may be at risk. So your doctor may prescribe HRT that includes a progestogen as well as an
estrogen.
Unexpected bleeding
You will have a bleed once a month (so called withdrawal bleed) while taking Premique Cycle.
But if you have unexpected bleeding or drops of blood (spotting) besides your monthly bleeding,
which:
 carries on for more than the first 6 months
 starts after you have been taking Premique Cycle for more than 6 months
 carries on after you have stopped taking Premique cycle
 see your doctor as soon as possible.
Breast Cancer
Women who have breast cancer, or have had breast cancer in the past, should not take
HRT.
Evidence suggests that taking combined estrogen-progestogen and possibly also estrogen-only
HRT increases the risk of breast cancer. The extra risk depends on how long you take HRT.
The additional risk becomes clear within a few years. However, it returns to normal within a few
years (at most 5) after stopping treatment.
Your risk of breast cancer is also higher:
 if you have a close relative (mother, sister or grandmother) who has had breast cancer
 if you are seriously overweight.
Compare
Women aged 50 to 79 who are not taking HRT, on average, 9 to 14 in 1000 will be diagnosed
with breast cancer over a 5-year period. For women aged 50 to 79 who are taking estrogenprogestogen HRT over 5 years, there will be 13 to 20 cases in 1000 users (i.e. an extra 4 to 6
cases).
Regularly check your breasts. See your doctor if you notice any changes, such as:
 dimpling of the skin
 changes in the nipple
PQ 5_0

Page 4 of 12

2016-0014994



any lumps you can see or feel.

Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer (cancer of the ovaries) is rare - much rarer than breast cancer, but it is serious. It
can be difficult to diagnose, because there are often no obvious signs of the disease. The use of
estrogen-only or combined estrogen-progestogen HRT has been associated with a slightly
increased risk of ovarian cancer.
The risk of ovarian cancer varies with age. For example, in women aged 50 to 54 who are not
taking HRT, about 2 women in 2000 will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer over a 5-year period.
For women who have been taking HRT for 5 years, there will be about 3 cases per 2000 users
(i.e. about 1 extra case).
2.3 Effect of HRT on heart and circulation
Blood Clots in a vein (thrombosis)
The risk of blood clots in the veins (also called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) is about 1.3 to 3times higher in HRT users than in non-users, especially during the first year of taking it.
Blood clots can be serious, and if one travels to the lungs, it can cause chest pain, breathlessness,
fainting or even death. This condition is called pulmonary embolism, or PE.
DVT and PE are examples of a condition called venous thromboembolism, or VTE.
You are more likely to get a blood clot in your veins as you get older or if any of the following
applies to you. Inform your doctor if any of these situations applies to you:
 you are unable to walk for a long time because of major surgery, injury or illness (see
also section 3, If you need to have surgery)
 you are seriously overweight (BMI >30 kg/m2)
 you have any blood clotting problem that needs treatment with a medicine used to
prevent blood clots
 if any of your close relatives has ever had a blood clot in the leg, lung or another organ
 you have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
 you have cancer
 you have had a blood clot before
 you are pregnant or have recently had a baby.
For signs of a blood clot, see “Stop taking Premique Cycle and see a doctor immediately”.
Compare
Looking at women in their 50s who are not taking HRT on average, over a 5-year period, 4 to 7 in
1000 would be expected to get a blood clot in a vein.
For women in their 50s who are taking estrogen-progestogen HRT for over 5 years, there will be
9 to 12 cases in 1000 users (i.e. an extra 5 cases).
Heart Disease (heart attack)

PQ 5_0

Page 5 of 12

2016-0014994

HRT is not recommended for women who have heart disease, or have had heart disease
recently. If you have ever had heart disease, talk to your doctor to see if you should be taking
HRT.
There is no evidence that HRT will prevent a heart attack
Women over the age of 60 who use estrogen-progestogen HRT are slightly more likely to
develop heart disease than those not taking any HRT.
If you get:
 a pain in your chest that spreads to your arm or neck
 See a doctor as soon as possible and do not take any more HRT until your doctor says
you can. This pain could be a sign of heart disease.
Stroke
The risk of getting a stroke is about 1.5 times higher in HRT users than in non-users. The number
of extra cases of stroke due to use of HRT will increase with age.
Other things that can increase the risk of stroke include:
 getting older
 high blood pressure
 smoking
 drinking too much alcohol
 an irregular heartbeat.
If you are worried about any of these things, or if you have had a stroke in the past, talk to
your doctor to see if you should take HRT.
Compare
Looking at women in their 50s who are not taking HRT on average 8 in 1000 would be expected
to have a stroke, over a 5-year period.
For women in their 50s who are taking HRT, the figure would be 11 cases in 1000 users over
5 years (i.e. an extra 3 cases).
If you get:
 unexplained migraine-type headaches, with or without disturbed vision.
 See a doctor as soon as possible and do not take any more HRT until your doctor says
you can. These headaches may be an early warning sign of a stroke.
2.4 Other conditions
HRT will not help prevent memory loss. There is some evidence of a higher risk of memory loss
in women who start using HRT after the age of 65. Speak to your doctor for advice.
Women with hypertriglyceridemia (high levels of fatty substances in the blood) may experience
large increases of their plasma triglycerides, which can lead to inflammation of the pancreas
(pancreatitis). Symptoms of pancreatitis include sudden sharp abdominal pains, abdominal swelling,
fever and feeling or being sick.
If you are taking thyroid hormone replacement therapy (e.g. thyroxine), your doctor may monitor
your thyroid function more often when you start treatment.
PQ 5_0

Page 6 of 12

2016-0014994

2.5 Other medicines and Premique Cycle
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines, herbal remedies or other natural products.
Some medicines may interfere with the effect of Premique Cycle. This might lead to irregular
bleeding. This applies to the following medicines:







Medicines for epilepsy (such as phenobarbital, phenytoin and carbamazepine).
Medicines for tuberculosis (such as rifampicin, rifabutin).
Medicines for HIV infection (such as nevirapine, efavirenz, ritonavir and nelfinavir).
Herbal remedies containing St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Metyrapone (most commonly used in the treatment of Cushing’s syndrome).
Aminoglutethimide (most commonly used in the treatment of breast cancer and
Cushing’s syndrome).

2.6 Laboratory tests
If you need a blood test, tell your doctor or the laboratory staff that you are taking Premique Cycle,
because this medicine can affect the results of some tests.
2.7 Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
Premique Cycle is for use in postmenopausal women only. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding,
think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before taking this medicine.
2.8 Driving and using machines
There is no evidence to suggest that Premique Cycle will affect your ability to drive or to operate
machines.
2.9 Premique Cycle contains lactose monohydrate and sucrose
Premique Cycle contains lactose monohydrate and sucrose. If you have been told by your doctor
that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal
product.
The green tablets contain methylhydroxybenzoate and propylhydroxybenzoate. These ingredients
may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
3. HOW TO TAKE PREMIQUE CYCLE
3.1 Instructions for proper use
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor will aim to prescribe the lowest dose to treat your symptom for as short as necessary.
Speak to your doctor if you think this dose is too strong or not strong enough.
PQ 5_0

Page 7 of 12

2016-0014994

The recommended dose is one white tablet on days 1-14 and one green tablet on days 15-28.
While you are taking Premique Cycle you will have no tablet free days. You should start your
next pack the day after you finish the previous one.
Take your tablets at the same time each day as this will help to remind you to take your medicine.
Begin your pack of Premique Cycle by taking a white tablet marked for that day of the week.
Continue to take one tablet daily following the arrows until all 14 white tablets in the pack have
been taken. The next day, take a green tablet marked for that day of the week. Continue to take
one green tablet daily following the arrows until all 14 green tablets have been taken. You may
have a bleed similar to a period soon after finishing each pack. Start a new pack of Premique
Cycle the next day.
You may start your first pack at any convenient time. However, if you are still having periods you
should start on the first day of your next period.
If you are transferring from another HRT product that gives you a monthly bleed, start Premique
Cycle the day after you finish the course of the previous product, unless instructed otherwise by your
doctor.
When you take Premique Cycle you will probably have a regular “period” or “withdrawal bleed”
each month. This is caused by the hormones, and is perfectly normal. Some women on HRT do
not bleed. This is also quite normal. If you have an irregular bleed or bleeding is excessively
heavy, you should discuss this with your doctor (see section titled Unexpected bleeding above).
Do not try to take off the coating, divide or crush the tablets as this could affect the way Premique
Cycle works.
3.2 If you take more Premique Cycle than you should
If you take too many tablets don’t worry. You may feel some nausea (sickness), breast tenderness,
dizziness, abdominal pain, drowsiness, fatigue or experience a short period of vaginal bleeding, but it
is unlikely that serious problems will result. If you are concerned talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
3.3 If you forget to take Premique Cycle
If you forget to take your tablets don’t worry. Take them as soon as you remember and then carry on
taking the remaining tablets at the usual time.
If more than two tablets have been forgotten, do not take extra to try to make up for the forgotten
tablets.
Missed tablets may cause a short period of light bleeding in women who have not had a
hysterectomy.
3.4 If you need to have surgery
If you are going to have surgery make sure your doctor knows about it and/or tell the surgeon that
you are taking Premique Cycle. You may need to stop taking Premique Cycle about 4 to 6 weeks
before the operation to reduce the risk of a blood clot (see section 2.3 - Blood Clots in a vein
(thrombosis). Ask your doctor when you can start taking Premique Cycle again.
PQ 5_0

Page 8 of 12

2016-0014994

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The following diseases are reported more often in women using HRT compared to women not using
HRT:








breast cancer
abnormal growth or cancer of the lining of the womb (endometrial hyperplasia or cancer)
ovarian cancer
blood clots in the veins of the legs or lungs (venous thromboembolism)
heart disease
stroke
probable memory loss if HRT is started over the age of 65.

For more information about these side effects, see section 2.
Other side effects
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 women
 breast pain
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 women
 breakthrough bleeding or spotting, vaginal inflammation, period pain
 breast tenderness, swollen breasts, nipple discharge
 depression
 muscle and joint aches, leg cramps
 weight change (increase or decrease)
 changes in your triglyceride levels (fatty substances in the blood)
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 women
 changes in menstrual flow, vaginal discharge
 vaginal thrush
 nausea, bloating, abdominal pain
 headache, migraine
 blood clots in the veins
 dizziness
 changes in mood including anxiety
 changes in your interest in sex (increased or decreased libido)
 visible swelling of the face or ankles
 itchiness, acne
 difficulty wearing contact lenses
 gallbladder disease (e.g. gallstones)
 hair loss
Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 women
PQ 5_0

Page 9 of 12

2016-0014994
















vomiting
changes in breast tissue, milky secretion from the breasts
irritability
allergic reactions including swelling, rash or red patches on the skin
increase in hair growth
an intolerance to glucose
a worsening of asthma
increased size of fibroids
ovarian cancer
worsening of epilepsy
heart attack, stroke
inflammation of veins just under the skin
inflammation of the pancreas
irregular dark spots (usually on the face)

Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 women
 jaundice (e.g. yellowing of the skin)
 a worsening of chorea (an existing neurological disorder characterised by involuntary
spasmodic movements of the body)
 a worsening of hypocalcaemia (low blood levels of calcium)
 blurred vision or loss of vision
 worsening of porphyria (a rare inherited metabolic disorder)
 growth of benign liver tumours
 increase in blood pressure.
These side effects are usually temporary and should get better over time.
The following side effects have been reported with other HRTs:
 various skin disorders:
o painful reddish skin nodules (erythema nodosum)
o rash with target-shaped reddening or sores (erythema multiforme)
 memory loss (dementia).
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE PREMIQUE CYCLE
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and blister after EXP. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C. Keep the blister in the outer carton to protect from light.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
PQ 5_0

Page 10 of 12

2016-0014994

6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
6.1 What Premique Cycle contains


The active substances are conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone acetate. Each
white tablet contains 0.625mg of conjugated estrogens and each green tablet
contains0.625mg of conjugated estrogens and 10mg of medroxyprogesterone,



The other ingredients in the conjugated estrogens tablets (white tablets) are: calcium
phosphate tribasic, calcium sulfate, carnauba wax, microcrystalline cellulose, glyceryl
mono-oleates, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, methylcellulose, Macrogol,
shellac, sucrose, titanium dioxide (E171) and edible printing ink†. (See section 2 Premique
Cycle contains lactose monohydrate and sucrose)



The other ingredients in the medroxyprogesterone acetate tablets (green tablets) are: calcium
phosphate tribasic, calcium sulfate, carnauba wax, microcrystalline cellulose, glyceryl
mono-oleates, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, methylcellulose, methyl
hydroxybenzoate, Macrogol, povidone, propyl hydroxybenzoate, shellac, sodium benzoate,
sucrose, indigo carmine (E132), titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxide yellow (E172) and
edible printing ink†.(See section 2 Premique Cycle contains lactose monohydrate and
sucrose)





edible printing ink contains iron oxide black (E172), shellac, propylene glycol, ethanol,
ethyl acetate, N-Butyl alcohol, purified water, ammonia solution.
The inks and dyes used to coat your tablets are approved for use as food colourings.

6.2 What Premique Cycle looks like and contents of the pack
Premique Cycle 0.625 mg/10 mg Coated Tablets contains two types of tablets; white oval shaped
tablets marked with “0.625” and green oval shaped tablets marked with “0.625/10”.
Premique Cycle is available in packs containing 42 conjugated estrogens tablets and 42 combined
conjugated estrogens/MPA tablets.
6.3 Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The marketing authorisation holder is:
Pfizer Limited
Ramsgate Road
Sandwich
Kent
CT13 9NJ
United Kingdom.
The manufacturer is:
Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals
Little Connell
Newbridge
PQ 5_0

Page 11 of 12

2016-0014994

County Kildare
Republic of Ireland.
This leaflet was last revised in MM/YYYY
Ref: PQ 5_0

PQ 5_0

Page 12 of 12

2016-0014994

Expand view ⇕

Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Hide