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Angeliq contains a combination of drospirenone and estradiol. Drospirenone is a female hormone that helps regulate ovulation and menstruation. Estradiol is a female hormone involved in development and maintenance of the female reproductive system.
Angeliq is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation.
Angeliq is for use only if you have a uterus (if you have not had a hysterectomy).
Take Angeliq exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets.
Do not crush, chew, break, or dissolve a Angeliq tablet. Swallow it whole.
Take this medicine at the same time each day.
Angeliq may increase your risk of developing a condition that may lead to uterine cancer. Your doctor may prescribe a progestin to help lower this risk. 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 Angeliq.
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 using this medicine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
You should not use Angeliq if you have: undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, coronary artery disease, a bleeding disorder, kidney disease, liver disease, an adrenal gland disorder, if you will have major surgery, if you have had a hysterectomy, or if you have ever had a heart attack, a stroke, a blood clot, or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina.
Do not use Angeliq if you are pregnant.
Angeliq may increase your risk of developing a condition that may lead to uterine cancer. Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away.
Taking this medicine can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, or cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries. Angeliq should not be used to prevent heart disease, stroke, or dementia.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, stomach upset, bloating, irritability, changes in sleep patterns, nausea, weight changes, increased/decreased interest in sex, change in vaginal discharge, or breast tenderness may occur. If any of these persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, memory loss), breast lumps, nipple discharge, swelling of the hands/feet, unusual vaginal bleeding (e.g., spotting, breakthrough bleeding, prolonged/returning bleeding), yellowing eyes/skin, stomach/abdominal pain, worsening of a seizure condition, muscle weakness, signs of worsening diabetes control (e.g., increased thirst and urination), symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat).
This medication may rarely cause serious (sometimes fatal) problems from blood clots (such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack). Get medical help right away if you experience: pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs, sudden shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chest/jaw/left arm pain, unusual sweating, sudden dizziness/fainting, confusion, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes (such as partial/complete blindness), unusual headaches (including headaches with vision changes/lack of coordination, worsening of migraines, sudden/very severe headaches).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine at the same time each day. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
A patient package insert for the product will be given with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.