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When and How to Use Estratest

Some general considerations for when and how to use this medication include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
  • Estratest is taken cyclically -- for example, three weeks on and one week off.
  • You can take it with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • It does not matter what time of day you take Estratest, although it is best to take the medication at the same time each day.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The dose of Estratest your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • How you respond to Estratest
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Estratest Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Estratest can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most women tolerate it well. If Estratest side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Estratest include, but are not limited to:
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Breast pain
  • Irregular or absent vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Nausea
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Unwanted body and facial hair growth
  • Acne.
(Click Estratest Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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