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Who should take Premarin?

Premarin, an estrogen replacement therapy, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of moderate to severe menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and tissue thinning, and for the preservation of bone density caused by postmenopausal osteoporosis, which is a consequence of declining estrogen levels.

Since it was discovered that this type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) carries a high risk for heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and breast cancer, we are very particular about who takes it and for how long. If a woman in menopause is still suffering after she has tried other measures and non-hormonal medications, she should discuss taking Premarin with her doctor.

If however, a woman has gone through menopause much earlier then most women (younger then 45) then she is a good candidate for HRT because her body will be deprived of estrogen while she is still relatively young. This includes conditions such as premature ovarian failure (POF), premature early menopause or because her ovaries have been removed or damaged by cancer therapies.

Premarin by itself is only given to women who have had their uterus removed with a hysterectomy because estrogen can increase the risk for endometrial cancer. Women who have not had a hysterectomy should take progestin along with estrogen.

Healthy postmenopausal women who are having symptoms of vaginal itching or dryness, painful urination, or hot flashes are good candidates for Premarin. Women or girls of premenopausal age who experience vaginal dryness or discomfort may also be prescribed Premarin. Some people, both men women, who have certain cancers may also benefit from Premarin to ease symptoms of their disease.

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