What should I know about taking Premarin before taking it?

Before taking Premarin, you should make sure you have covered all your bases with your doctor by discussing all of your health conditions, smoking habits, and medications you are taking. Women with a history of breast cancer, clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis), lungs (pulmonary embolism), heart (heart attack), or brain (stroke), uncontrolled high blood pressure, liver disease and certain bleeding disorders cannot take Premarin. You also can't take it if there is any chance you are pregnant or if you are nursing. Not disclosing these conditions can put your life at risk, so be honest and forthcoming about your health history.

Premarin is a type of hormone treatment that contains a blend of estrogens known as conjugated estrogens, and should not be given to women with an intact uterus without also giving progesterone with it. Estrogen alone can increase the risk for endometrial (uterine cancer) by causing the lining of the uterus to thicken if there isn't enough progesterone to offset it. Women that have had a hysterectomy can take Premarin by itself. Premarin should only be used to treat symptoms of menopause and not to treat other chronic conditions.

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