Femtrace is approved to help relieve certain symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats. This hormone replacement medication works by replacing the estrogen that the ovaries no longer produce after menopause. It comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. Potential side effects include vaginal bleeding, the flu, and breast tenderness.
What Is Femtrace?Femtrace® (estradiol acetate) is a prescription hormone replacement medication. It is approved to treat hot flashes and night sweats due to menopause.
(Click Femtrace Uses for more information on what this product is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
How Does Femtrace Work?
During and after menopause, women experience a drop in estrogen levels, as well as a shift in the balance of estrogens that the body produces.
Before menopause, the ovaries produce the main source of estrogen, and the main type of estrogen produced is known as estradiol. After menopause, the main source of estrogen is androstenedione, which is produced by the adrenal gland and is converted into an estrogen known as estrone. Menopausal symptoms and changes result from both the decrease in estrogen and the shift from estradiol to estrone.
Femtrace contains estradiol, which increases estrogen levels and helps restore the estrogen balance back to the normal levels typically seen in premenopausal women. It helps to relieve menopausal symptoms by replacing the estradiol that the ovaries no longer produce.
When and How to Use ItSome general considerations for when and how to use this product include the following:
- Femtrace comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take it with food or on an empty stomach. Because estrogens can be irritating to the stomach, you can take Femtrace with food if it bothers your stomach.
- It does not matter what time of day you take it, although it is best to take it at the same time each day.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.