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Before starting hormone replacement therapy with Estratest, warnings and precautions for the drug should be discussed with your healthcare provider. You should know that Estratest could interact with certain medications, cause virilization, and increase the risk of strokes or blood clots. Warnings and precautions with Estratest also apply to women who are pregnant, have decreased liver function, or have a history of breast cancer.
Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Estratest® (esterified estrogens/methyltestosterone) if you have:
- Heart disease
- A history of blood clots
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Cancer (or if you have had cancer in the past)
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- Gallbladder disease
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver tumors
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or estrogen use
- High cholesterol
- Low calcium levels in the blood (hypocalcemia)
- 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
- Are 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.