Covaryx is used for treating moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats. It is a combination medicine, containing testosterone and estrogens, that is usually prescribed to women who have not responded to estrogen treatment alone. Occasionally, healthcare providers may recommend off-label Covaryx uses, such as for the treatment of a decreased sex drive in postmenopausal women.
Covaryx™ (esterified estrogens/methyltestosterone) is a prescription hormone medication that contains a testosterone hormone and a mixture of estrogens. Covaryx is used for treating the following menopause symptoms in women who do not respond to estrogens alone:
- Moderate to severe night sweats
- Moderate to severe hot flashes.
Covaryx (like all other estrogen/testosterone combination medications) has never been approved for any use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Menopause is a normal change in a woman's life when she stops having her period. That's why some people call menopause "the change of life." A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row and there are no other causes for this change. Symptoms of menopause include:
- Mood changes
- Changes in your period, including abnormal bleeding or "spotting"
- Vaginal changes, such as dryness or irritation
- Urinary problems
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Hot flashes (hot flushes)
- Night sweats and sleeping problems (including insomnia)
- Thinning and weakening of your bones
- Less interest in sex and changes in sexual response
- Weight gain or increase in body fat around your waist
- Hair thinning or loss.
For some women, these symptoms are quite severe and some form of menopause relief may be necessary. This may include medications, natural menopause relief remedies, or non-medical ways to deal with the symptoms.
For menopause treatment, Covaryx should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period necessary.
Because taking Covaryx (or any other estrogen treatment) without progesterone can increase the risk of precancerous or cancerous changes in the uterus, it must be combined with a progestin (either continuously or intermittently) in women who still have a uterus. If you have had a hysterectomy, you can take Covaryx alone, without any progesterone.
It is important to understand that Covaryx has never been approved by the FDA. The FDA has determined that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that adding a testosterone to estrogen provides any additional benefit for treating menopause symptoms.