Important Safety Concerns for Climara
Just like any medicine, Climara can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Breast pain
- Upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold)
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain).
(Click Climara Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Climara can interact with several other medications (see Climara Drug Interactions).
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this drug if you have:
- Heart disease or heart problems of any kind
- Cancer (or if you have had cancer in the past)
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- A history of blood clots
- Gallbladder disease
- High cholesterol or high triglycerides
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or estrogen use
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus)
- Hepatic hemangioma (a kind of liver tumor)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver tumors
- Porphyria (a condition involving problems with certain enzymes in the body)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Any allergies, including allergies to drugs, foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Have an upcoming surgery
- Smoke cigarettes
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Climara and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Climara and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Climara Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)