- Widely prescribed for the treatment of Menopause
- Used to prevent Osteoporosis
- Noticeable benefits in just a few weeks
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What is Femoston?
The medicine contains the hormones dydrogesterone and estradiol and is primarily used to to relieve the discomfort a lot of women experience while going through and after the menopause.
It generally comes in packets of 84 tablets.
What is Femoston used for?
Femoston is used as a treatment for easing discomfort for women who are going through menopause, as well as women who have recently been through it.
As well as easing this discomfort, it is also used to prevent the thinning of the bones (osteoporosis), which can lead to fractures.
You can purchase it online at Medicine Direct in packets of 84 tablets. It is only available with a doctor's prescription.
Who can take Femoston?
Femoston is an effective hormone replacement therapy, but it is not suitable for everyone.
If any of these conditions apply to you, you should speak to your doctor before you take Femoston:
- You have a tumour that is sensitive to progestogen
- You have unexplained vaginal bleeding
- You are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or think you might be pregnant
- You are breastfeeding
- You have or have ever had breast cancer, or you are suspected of having it
- You have cancer that is sensitive to oestrogens
- You have excessive thickening of the womb lining that has not been treated
- You have a blood clotting disorder
- You have or have recently had a disease caused by any blood clots
- You have ever had a blood clot in a vein, such as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
- You have or have recently had any disease caused by blood clots (e.g. heart attack, stroke or angina)
- You are allergic to oestradiol, dydrogesterone or any of the ingredients in Femoston
- You have or have had liver disease and your liver function tests have not returned to normal
- You have porphyria
Femoston is a medicine for women going through the menopause and post-menopausal women.
It should not be taken by pregnant women. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and speak to your doctor.
You should also inform your doctor before taking Femoston if any of the below apply to you; these conditions may return or become worse during your treatment:
- Increased risk of developing blood clots
- Fibroids inside the womb
- High blood pressure
- Growth of the womb lining
- A liver disorder
- Increased risk of contracting oestrogen-sensitive cancer (if your mother, sister or grandmother has suffered from cancer in the past)
- Migraines or severe headaches
- High levels of fat in your body
- Diseases affecting the eardrum or hearing
- Immune system diseases
- Fluid retention due to cardiac or kidney issues
As always, you should read the information leaflet thoroughly before you take any medicine.
Possible side effects
As with all medicines, Femoston comes with a risk of side effects.
Your body may need time to get used to HRT, during which time adverse effects are quite common.
The most common side effects of Femoston are:
- Breast pain or tenderness
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
Other common adverse reactions to this medicine include:
- Vaginal thrush
- Skin rashes
- Vaginal discharge
- Nausea or vomiting
- Bleeding, spotting, painful or irregular periods
- Weight gain
- Pelvic pain
- Feeling weak or tired
- Angles, feet or fingers swelling
If these symptoms persist, you should consult your doctor.
For more serious side effects of Femoston, please see our Side Effects tab.
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Femoston.
You should always take this medicine exactly as instructed by your doctor. Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly.
You should take one tablet every day. You will usually be given a pack of 84 tablets and you should not take a break between packs.
The tablet should be taken with a drink of water and swallowed whole.
Your doctor will always look to prescribe you the lowest dose possible for the shortest time to treat your problem. If you think this dose is too strong or not strong enough, you should speak to your doctor, who may alter this dose; do not alter the dose yourself without consulting your doctor.
The usual starting dose is one tablet each day of 1 or 2mg oestradiol during day 1 to 14 of your cycle.
From day 15 to 28, one tablet each day of 1 or 2mg oestradiol and 10mg dydrogesterone.
You should begin the next treatment immediately after the 28-day cycle.
Femoston can be taken with or without food, but you should try to take it at around the same time each day.
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Femoston Side Effects
Common adverse reactions to Femoston can be found on the main page for this treatment.
In some cases, you may experience more serious adverse effects to Femoston.
You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- A change in your sex drive
- High blood pressure
- Varicose veins
- Cystitis symptoms
- Fibroids grow in size
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
- Asthenia (feeling week)
- Gall bladder disorder
In rare cases, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction; if any of these symptoms occur, you should stop taking the medication and either call 999 or go to A&E immediately.
- Difficulty in breathing
- Heavy, irregular or painful genital bleeding
- Chest pains (this could be the sign of a heart attack)
- Swelling around the face or neck
Please note, this list is not exhaustive. You should refer to the patient information leaflet for the full list of reactions you may experience.
Always speak to your doctor if you are of unsure of anything before taking any HRT treatment.
Femoston Warnings and drug interactions
Femoston may not react well with other medicines and medications.
You should always inform your doctor of any other medicines you are currently taking before you start using this treatment. This includes prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
Please, refer to the patient information leaflet for full information on all the medicines which impede the effectiveness of Femoston.
Speak to your doctor before you use Femoston if you are already taking any of these medicines:
- Rifampicin or rifabutin (medicines for tuberculosis)
- Phenobarbital, phenytoin or carbamazepine (medicines for epilepsy)
- Any herbal remedies or medicines that contain St John's Wort
- Nevirapine, nelfinavir, ritonavir or efavirenz (medicines to treat HIV)
Some medicines may lead to irregular bleeding.
For more information on medicines that interact with femoston.
It should also be noted that HRT can increase your risk of developing breast cancer when taken for a prolonged period. For more information on this, please speak to your doctor about the risks involved before you start taking this medication.
The active ingredient in Femoston is dydrogesterone estradiol hemihydrate.
Inactive ingredients are: Lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, maize starch, colloidal anhydrous silica and magnesium stearate.
Written by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840
Published on: 12/10/2020
Updated on: 03/06/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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