Generic name: esterified estrogens and methyltestosterone [ ess-TER-ih-fied-ESS-troe-jenz-and-METH-il-tes-TOS-te-rone ]
Brand names: Covaryx, Covaryx HS, EEMT, EEMT HS
Drug class: Sex hormone combinations
What is EEMT?
EEMT may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
EEMT side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling).
EEMT may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:
signs of a blood clot--sudden vision loss, stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood, pain or warmth in one or both legs;
swelling or tenderness in your stomach;
nausea, vomiting, swelling, rapid weight gain;
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
changes in skin color;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
unusual vaginal bleeding;
a breast lump;
memory problems, confusion, unusual behavior;
high levels of calcium in your blood--nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle weakness, bone pain, lack of energy; or
Methyltestosterone can cause symptoms of male features in a woman taking this medicine. Call your doctor if you develop enlarged genitals, male-pattern baldness, excessive body hair growth, increased acne, irregular menstrual periods, or any signs of male characteristics.
Common side effects of EEMT may include:
swollen or painful breasts;
pain or burning when you urinate;
nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps;
darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair;
vision changes, problems with contact lenses;
swelling, weight gain or loss;
increased or decreased libido;
abnormal liver function tests.
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.
You should not use EEMT if you have: undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, severe liver disease, if you will have major surgery, or if you have ever had a stroke, a blood clot, or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina.
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Using this medicine can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, or cancer of the breast, uterus, vagina, or liver. Estrogens should not be used to prevent heart disease.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use EEMT if you have:
unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by a doctor;
severe liver disease;
if you have had a stroke or blood clot;
if you have had hormone-related cancer, or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina; or
if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.
Using this medicine can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. You are even more at risk if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, if you are overweight, or if you smoke.
EEMT should not be used to prevent heart disease or stroke because this medicine may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
liver problems, or jaundice caused by pregnancy or taking hormones;
a thyroid disorder;
epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
uterine fibroid tumors;
a breast lump or abnormal mammogram; or
porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).
Using this medicine may increase your risk of cancer of the breast, uterus, vagina, or liver. Talk with your doctor about this risk.
It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.
How should I take EEMT?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
EEMT is usually taken in a cycle of 3 weeks on and 1 week off. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Estrogens may increase your risk of developing a condition that may lead to uterine cancer. Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away.
If you need major surgery or will be on long-term 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 using EEMT.
Your doctor should check your progress on a regular basis to determine whether you should continue this treatment. Self-examine your breasts for lumps on a monthly basis, and have regular mammograms while taking EEMT.
When you stop using this medicine, follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
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 and vaginal bleeding.
What should I avoid while using EEMT?
Do not share EEMT with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
What other drugs will affect EEMT?
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
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