Menostar Warnings and Precautions
Before using Menostar, warnings and precautions for the drug should be reviewed with your healthcare provider to help minimize risks. Hormone replacement medications such as Menostar may increase the risk of breast cancer, gallbladder disease, and dementia. Warnings and precautions with Menostar also apply to women who have liver dysfunction, may be pregnant, or have a history of breast cancer.
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You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Menostar® (estradiol patch) or any other estrogen medication if you have:
- Unexplained or irregular vaginal bleeding
- Cancer (or if you have had cancer in the past)
- Heart disease or heart problems of any kind
- A history of heart attack or stroke, especially within the past year
- A history of blood clots, including blood clots in the legs and lungs
- High cholesterol or high triglycerides
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Gallbladder disease
- 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 hepatitis, liver failure, cirrhosis, 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)
- Any allergies, including allergies to drugs, foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Smoke cigarettes
- Have an upcoming surgery
- Are breastfeeding
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.