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What should I know before taking Vivelle-Dot?

Using Vivelle-Dot for a long time increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, and uterine and breast cancers. Your doctor will try to find the most effective, lowest dose and use it for the least possible time to prevent side effects. Regular breast exams are advised. Inform all healthcare professionals that you use Vivelle-Dot, as lab tests, surgical procedures, and even bed rest may cause complications. Some preexisting medical conditions may require dose changes. You should not use this gel if you are pregnant. This drug will cause birth defects if taken while pregnant.

This drug should not be used if you have an allergy to its ingredients, undiagnosed bleeding from the vagina, or a history of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, any type of cancer, estrogen-dependent growths, or bleeding or blood clotting problems. The drug may also be inappropriate to people with a history of asthma, high cholesterol, diabetes, any kind of heart or kidney problem, liver tumors, mood or mental disorders, seizure disorder, gallbladder problems, migraines, or blood clots. You should also warn your doctor if you smoke, are going to be having surgery, have had a hysterectomy, or if you take any over-the-counter or prescription medications, as many may interact with this drug.

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