If bothersome side effects occur, or if your condition does not improve with Ogen (estropipate), alternatives to the medication are available. Common alternatives for menopause treatment include coping strategies and natural remedies, such as acupuncture and herbal supplements. Medication alternatives to Ogen are also available, including other estrogen medications and combination products, which contain estrogen and other hormones.
Ogen® (estropipate) is a prescription hormone replacement medication. Although the drug is approved for several different uses, it is most often used to treat symptoms of menopause. For most women, Ogen is both effective and well tolerated. However, as with all medicines, bothersome or dangerous side effects can occur. It is also possible that Ogen may not adequately control your menopause symptoms. Also, for some women, the risks of taking the drug may outweigh the potential benefits. Fortunately, several alternatives to Ogen for menopause treatment are available, including:
- Coping strategies
- Other conventional medications
- Natural remedies.
Medications are not always the answer to all menopause symptoms. If you cannot take Ogen or other estrogen medications (or if you desire to avoid such medications), you may want to try other, non-drug ways to deal with the symptoms. Getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet can work wonders for some menopause symptoms. Any measures to improve your overall health will likely help improve your menopause symptoms as well. Also, a variety of vaginal lubricants and moisturizers are currently available that can help provide relief from vaginal dryness and irritation. Some are even designed especially for menopausal women.
(For more ideas on ways to cope with menopause symptoms, see Menopause Relief.)