I have been taking this drup for more than 15 years and need to know the best way to stop taking. Is it necessary to come off gradually?
Allow your doctor to determine the time frame that you should remain on Prempro. The hormone therapy can increase your risk of certain health conditions, such as breast cancer and heart disease. Therefore, your condition should be evaluated every three to six months.
Decrease your dosage of Prempro. Many physicians will recommend that you gradually lower your dose as you wean yourself off the drug. Tablets come in .3 mg, .45 mg and .625 mg dosage amounts. If you are taking the .625 mg dose, your doctor may recommend starting on the .45 mg dose for the next few weeks.
Keep reducing the amount of Prempro you take each week under your doctor's discretion. If you become symptomatic during the weaning process, he may recommend that you stay on the medication for an extended period.
Report any side effects that you may experience while weaning yourself off of Prempro. Vaginal bleeding is a common occurrence when you stop taking Prempro.
Consider herbal alternatives during the weaning process. In order to help manage symptoms as you stop taking Prempro, ask your doctor if it would be OK to try herbal remedies for menopause symptoms. For example, soy and black cohosh are used for hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, night sweats and dryness.
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