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Premarin is a hormone replacement therapy medication that is used to treat menopause symptoms and to reduce chances of osteoporosis. Taken alone, Premarin is used by women who have had a hysterectomy that cannot produce estrogen. For women who have not had a hysterectomy, Premarin is taken in combination with a progestin tablet, or they have the option of Prempro, which is a combination estrogen and progestin medication.
How it works
Premarin works by delivering low-dose hormones to your body to restore your natural hormone levels. You may begin to feel relief from some symptoms within three weeks. Premarin reduces itching, burning sensations, dryness, difficulty urinating, and painful intercourse. Premarin is also used to prevent osteoporosis. This is prevented by increasing bone density in the spine and hip areas, which is necessary in order to avoid post-menopausal osteoporosis. Premarin is sometimes used to replace estrogen in women with ovarian failure or some types of cancer, both in women and men.
How to use it
Premarin comes in many different dosages. It is important that you take Premarin as it was prescribed by your doctor. The tablet form of Premarin must be taken with a full glass of water, with or without food. Do not increase the dosage or the length of time you are on Premarin without consulting your physician.
Side Effects of Premarin
Like any medication, Premarin does have some side effects associated with use. Some less serious side effects are mild nausea, changes in weight or appetite, vaginal discharge or itching, and headache. Serious side effects stomach pain, migraines, swelling in ankles, and problems with vision or balance.
Another brand of Premarin is Prempro, which is a combination estrogen and progestin therapy medication.
Some people should not take Premarin. These include people with a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots. Also, if you have abnormal vaginal bleeding that has not been checked out by your physician, you should not take Premarin. If you have liver disease, breast cancer, uterine cancer, or a hormone dependent cancer you should not take Premarin.
Dosages of Premarin:
Dosages of Premarin include:
- 0.3 mg tablet
- 0.625mg tablet
- 0.9mg tablet
- 1.25mg tablet
- 2.5mg tablet
- 0.625 vaginal creams
Premarin pills come in different shapes and sizes. The 0.3mg tablet is an oval, green tablet. The 0.625mg tablet is an oval, maroon tablet. The 0.9mg tablet is an oval, white tablet. The 1.25mg tablet is oval and yellow. The 2.5mg tablet is oval and purple. Lastly the Premarin vaginal cream comes in a tube of 42.5 grams, with a calibrated applicator for dosing purposes.
The name PREMARIN is obtained from the three words "PREgnant MARes' urINE", which indicate the source of its major components.
PREMARIN is a form of hormone replacement therapy most commonly used in post-menopausal women who have undergone hysterectomy.
Because PREMARIN utilizes urine from mares, it has been the cause for contention between the manufacturer and animal rights groups.
PREMARIN is unusual in that its major components (conjugated estrogens) are obtained from a natural animal source.
The distribution of exogenous estrogens is similar to that of endogenous estrogens. Estrogens are widely distributed in the body and are generally found in higher concentration in the sex hormone target organs. Estrogens circulate in the blood largely bound to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) and albumin.
A certain proportion of the estrogen is excreted into the bile, then reabsorbed from the intestine and returned to the liver through the portal venous system. During this enterohepatic recirculation, estrogens are desulfated and resulfated and undergo degradation through conversion to less active estrogens (estriol and other estrogens), oxidation to nonestrogenic substances (catecholestrogens, which interact with catecholamine metabolism, especially in the central nervous system), and conjugation with glucuronic acids (which are then rapidly excreted in the urine).
Metabolic conversion of estrogens occurs primarily in the liver (first pass effect), but also at local target tissue sites. Complex metabolic processes result in a dynamic equilibrium of circulating conjugated and unconjugated estrogenic forms which are continually interconverted, especially between estrone and estradiol and between esterified and non-esterified forms.
Estrogen drug products administered by non-oral routes while not subject to true “first-pass” metabolism, do undergo significant hepatic uptake, metabolism, and enterohepatic recycling. Metabolism and inactivation occur primarily in the liver. Some estrogens are excreted into the bile; however, they are re-absorbed from the intestine and returned to the liver through the portal venous system. Water-soluble estrogen conjugates are strongly acidic and are ionized in body fluids, which favour excretion through the kidneys since tubular re-absorption is minimal.
|Event||Relative Risk HRTd |
|Absolute Risk Per 10 000 Person-years|
| HRT |
|CHD Events||1.24 (1.00–1.54)||39||33|
|Non-fatal MI||1.28 (1.00–1.63)||31||25|
|CHD Death||1.10 (0.70–1.75)||8||8|
|All Strokes||1.31 (1.02–1.68)||31||24|
|Ischemic Stroke||1.44 (1.09–1.90)||26||18|
|Deep Vein Thrombosis||1.95 (1.43–2.67)||26||13|
|Pulmonary Embolism||2.13 (1.45–3.11)||18||8|
|Invasive Breast Cancerc||1.24 (1.01–1.54)||41||33|
|Invasive Colorectal Cancer||0.56 (0.38–0.81)||9||16|
|Endometrial Cancer||0.81 (0.48–1.36)||6||7|
|Cervical Cancer||1.44 (0.47–4.42)||2||1|
|Hip Fracture||0.67 (0.47–0.96)||11||16|
|Vertebral Fractures||0.65 (0.46–0.92)||11||17|
|Lower Arm/Wrist Fractures||0.71 (0.59–0.85)||44||62|
|Total Fractures||0.76 (0.69–0.83)||152||199|
b. Nominal confidence intervals unadjusted for multiple looks and multiple comparisons.
c. Includes metastatic and non-metastatic breast cancer with the exception of in situ breast cancer.
d. Conjugated equine estrogen tablets, 0.625 mg, and medroxyprogesterone acetate tablets, 2.5 mg.
For abnormal uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance in the absence of organic pathology.
The results of certain endocrine and liver function tests may be affected by estrogen-containing products:
Accelerated prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, and increased norepinephrine-induced platelet aggregation time; increased platelet count; increased platelet factors II, VII antigen, VIII coagulant activity, IX, X, XII, VII-X complex, II, VII, X complex and beta-thromboglobulin; decreased levels of anti-factor Xa and antithrombin III, decreased antithrombin III activity; increased levels of fibrinogen and fibrinogen activity; increased plasminogen antigen and activity;
Increased thyroid-binding globulin (TBG) levels leading to increased circulating total thyroid hormone (T1) as measured by protein-bound iodine (PBI), T4 levels determined either by column or radioimmunoassay or T3 levels by radioimmunoassay; free T3 resin uptake is decreased, reflecting the elevated TBG; free T4 and free T3 concentrations are unaltered;
Other binding proteins may be elevated in serum, i.e., corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), leading to increased circulating corticosteroids and sex steroids respectively. Free or biologically active hormone concentrations are unchanged. Other plasma proteins may be increased (angiotensinogen/renin substrate, alpha-1-antitrypsin, ceruloplasmin);
Impaired glucose tolerance. For this reason, diabetic patients should be carefully observed while receiving estrogen/progestin replacement therapy;
Increased plasma HDL and HDL-2 subfraction concentrations, reduced LDL cholesterol concentration, increased triglyceride levels.
The results of the above laboratory tests may not be reliable unless therapy has been discontinued for two to four weeks. The pathologist should be informed that the patient is receiving ERT/HRT therapy when relevant specimens are submitted.
Estrogens may diminish the effectiveness of anticoagulants, antidiabetics and antihypertensive drugs.
Preparations affecting liver enzymes (e.g., barbiturates, hydantoins, carbamazepine, meprobamate, phenylbutazone or rifampicin) may interfere with the activity of estrogens.
Data from a drug-drug interaction study involving oral conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone acetate indicate that the pharmacokinetic disposition of both drugs is not altered when the drugs are coadministered. Other clinical drug-drug interaction studies have not been conducted with conjugated estrogens.
In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that 17 β-estradiol, one of the components of conjugated estrogens, is metabolized partially by Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4). Therefore, strong CYP3A4 inducers such as phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamazepine, rifampicin and dexamethasone may reduce plasma concentrations of 17 β-estradiol. This may lead to a decreased effect and/or changes in the uterine bleeding profile. CYP3A4 inhibitors such as cimetadine, erythromycin, ketoconazole, clarithromycin, itraconazole, ritonavir, and grapefruit juice may increase plasma concentrations of 17 β-estradiol and may result in side effects.
It was found that some herbal products (e.g., St. John’s wort) which are available as OTC products might affect metabolism, and, potentially, efficacy and safety of ERT/HRT products. Hot flashes and vaginal bleeding have been reported in patients taking estrogen/progestin and St. John’s wort. St. John’s wort may induce hepatic microsomal enzymes which theoretically may result in reduced efficacy of estrogen/progestin.
Physicians and other health care providers should be aware of other non-prescription products concomitantly used by the patient including herbal and natural products, obtained from the widely spread Health Stores.
Estrogens should not be used during lactation.
Estrogens should be used with caution in individuals with severe hypocalcemia.
In a small number of case reports, substantial increases in blood pressure during ERT have been attributed to idiosyncratic reactions to estrogens. In a large, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial, a generalized effect of ERT on blood pressure was not seen. Blood pressure should be monitored at regular intervals with HRT use. Elevation of blood pressure in previously normotensive or hypertensive patients should be investigated and HRT therapy may have to be discontinued.
Estrogen/hormone replacement therapy may cause an exacerbation of asthma, epilepsy, migraine, diabetes mellitus with or without vascular involvement, systemic lupus erythematosus, and hepatic hemangiomas, and should be used with caution in women with these conditions.
Symptoms and physical findings associated with a previous diagnosis of endometriosis may reappear or be exacerbated with administration of ERT/HRT. Addition of a progestin should be considered in women who have undergone a hysterectomy but are known to have residual endometriosis, since malignant transformation after estrogen-only therapy has been reported.
Premarin Intravenous is not indicated in children.
Premarin Intravenous is indicated for short-term use only. However, warnings, precautions and adverse reactions associated with oral CEE treatment should be taken into account.
When bleeding has stopped in cases of suspected uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance, a complete physical examination should be performed with special reference to pelvic and breast examinations. If the diagnosis is confirmed, appropriate measures should be taken to prevent a recurrence.
Estrogens should not be used during pregnancy.
Liver function tests should be done periodically in subjects who are suspected of having hepatic disease (see Contraindications). Oral estrogens/progestins may be poorly metabolised in patients with impaired liver function. When liver or endocrine function tests are indicated, or surgical procedures are performed, the laboratory should be advised of the patient's therapy before specimens are forwarded. For information on endocrine and liver function tests, see section under Laboratory Test Interactions.
Caution is advised in patients with a history of estrogen- or pregnancy-related cholestatic jaundice. If cholestatic jaundice develops during treatment, medication should be discontinued, and appropriate investigations carried out.
Because estrogens/progestins may cause some degree of fluid retention, patients with conditions which might be influenced by this factor, such as cardiac or renal dysfunction, warrant careful observation when estrogens are prescribed.
Women with porphyria may need special surveillance during estrogen replacement or hormone replacement therapy since estrogens may exacerbate this condition.
Patients dependent on thyroid hormone therapy may require increased doses in order to maintain their free thyroid hormone levels in an acceptable range (see Laboratory Test Interactions).
Women with pre-existing hypertriglyceridemia need special surveillance during estrogen replacement or hormone replacement therapy. Caution should be exercised in patients with pre-existing hypertriglyceridemia since rare cases of large increases of plasma triglycerides leading to pancreatitis have been reported with estrogen replacement therapy in this population.
Each vial contains: conjugated estrogens CSD 25 mg, in a sterile lyophilized cake. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, simethicone and sodium citrate. The pH is adjusted to 7.3 with sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid. The reconstituted solution is suitable for intravenous or intramuscular injection. Store in refrigerator, 2-8°C.
Estrogens should not be used in women with any of the following conditions:
Liver dysfunction or disease as long as liver function tests have failed to return to normal.
Known, suspected, or past history of breast cancer.
Known or suspected estrogen-dependent neoplasia (e.g., endometrial cancer).
Known or suspected pregnancy (see Warnings, Pregnancy).
Undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding.
Active or past history of confirmed venous thromboembolism (such as deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism) or active thrombophlebitis.
Active or past history of arterial thromboembolic disease (e.g. stroke, myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease).
Partial or complete loss of vision due to ophthalmic vascular disease.
Premarin Intravenous should not be used in patients hypersensitive to any of the ingredients.
In some studies, use of oral ERT and HRT is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
In the oral estrogen-alone substudy of WHI, after an average of 7.1 years of follow-up, CEE (0.625 mg per day) was not associated with an increased risk of invasive breast cancer (RR 0.80, 95% nCI 0.62-1.04).
In the oral estrogen-plus-progestin substudy of WHI, after a mean follow-up of 5.6 years, the WHI substudy reported an increased risk of invasive breast cancer (RR 1.24, 95% nCI 1.01-1.54); invasive breast cancers were larger and diagnosed at a more advanced stage in the active therapy group compared to those in the placebo group. The absolute risk was 41 vs 33 cases per 10 000 person-years, for estrogen plus progestin compared with placebo, respectively. Metastatic disease was rare with no apparent difference between groups. Other prognostic factors such as histologic subtype, grade and hormone receptor status did not differ between groups.
Epidemiologic studies have reported an increased risk of breast cancer in women taking estrogens or estrogen/progestin combinations for HRT for several years. The excess risk increases with duration of use and seems to return to baseline in the course of about five years after stopping treatment. These studies also suggest that the risk of breast cancer is greater and becomes apparent earlier with estrogen/progestin combination therapy as compared to the use of estrogens alone.
Studies evaluating various HRT formulations did not show significant variation in the relative risk of breast cancer among formulations regardless of the estrogen/progestin components, doses, regimens, or route of administration.
According to data from epidemiologic studies, about 32 women in every 1000 women who never used HRT are expected to have breast cancer diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 65 years. Among 1000 current or recent users of estrogen-only preparations, it is estimated that 5 and 10 years of use beginning at age 50 result in 1.5 (95% confidence interval (CI), 0-3) and 5 (95% CI, 3-7), respectively, additional breast cancers diagnosed by age 65 years. The corresponding numbers for those using estrogen/progestins combinations are 6 (95% CI, 5-7) and 19 (95% CI, 18-20), respectively.
Use of estrogen alone and estrogen plus progestin has been reported to result in an increase in abnormal mammograms requiring further evaluation.
All women should receive yearly breast examinations by a health care provider and perform monthly breast self-examinations. In addition, mammography examinations should be scheduled based on patient age, risk factors, and prior mammogram results.
In the oral estrogen-alone substudy of WHI, the risk of VTE (deep venous thrombosis [DVT] and PE) was reported to be increased for women taking conjugated estrogens (30 vs 22 per 10 000 person-years), although only the increased risk of DVT reached statistical significance (23 vs 15 per 10 000 person-years). The increase in VTE risk was observed during the first two years.
In the oral estrogen-plus-progestin substudy of WHI (see Pharmacology, Women's Health Initiative Study), a statistically significant 2-fold greater rate of VTE, was reported in women receiving the oral estrogen/progestin combination, compared to women receiving placebo (35 vs 17 per 10 000 person-years). Statistically significant increases in risk for both DVT (26 vs 13 per
10 000person-years) and PE (18 vs 8 per 10 000 person-years) were also demonstrated. The increase in VTE risk was observed during the first year and persisted.
Generally recognized risk factors for VTE include a personal history, a family history (the occurrence of VTE in a direct relative or at a relatively early age may indicate genetic predisposition), systemic lupus erythematosus, and severe obesity (body mass index >30 kg/m2). The risk of VTE also increases with age and smoking (see Precautions).
In some epidemiologic studies, use of estrogen-only products has been associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer over multiple years of use. Other epidemiologic studies have not found these associations. The analysis of the WHI data suggested that oral estrogen plus progestin therapy may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
Estrogens/progestins should not be used during pregnancy (see Contraindications).
In the oral estrogen-alone substudy of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) (see Pharmacology, Women's Health Initiative Study), a statistically significant increased risk of stroke was reported in women receiving estrogen alone compared to women receiving placebo (45 vs 33 per 10 000 person-years). The increase in risk was observed during year one and persisted.
In the oral estrogen-plus-progestin substudy of WHI, a statistically significant increased risk of stroke was reported in women receiving the estrogen/progestin combination compared to women receiving placebo (31 vs 24 per 10 000 person-years). The increase in risk was demonstrated after the first year and persisted.
A 2- to 4-fold increase in the risk of surgically confirmed gallbladder disease requiring surgery has been reported in postmenopausal women receiving ERT/HRT.
Retinal vascular thrombosis has been reported in patients receiving estrogens. Discontinue medication pending examination if there is sudden partial or complete loss of vision, or a sudden onset of proptosis, diplopia, or migraine. If examination reveals papilledema or retinal vascular lesions, medication should be withdrawn.
ERT has been associated with an increased risk of stroke and deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
HRT has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction (MI), as well as stroke, venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (PE).
The physician should be aware of the possibility of thrombotic disorders (thrombophlebitis, retinal thrombosis, cerebral embolism, and pulmonary embolism) during estrogen replacement therapy and be alert to their earliest manifestations. Should any of these occur or be suspected, estrogen replacement therapy should be discontinued immediately.
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease (e.g. hypertension, diabetes mellitus, tobacco use, hypercholesterolemia, and obesity) should be managed appropriately.
The use of unopposed estrogens in women with an intact uterus has been associated with an increased risk of endometrial cancer.
The reported endometrial cancer risk among unopposed estrogen users is about 2- to 12-fold greater than in non-users, and appears dependent on duration of treatment and on estrogen dose. Most studies show no significant increased risk associated with use of estrogens for less than 1 year. The greatest risk appears associated with prolonged use, with increased risks of 15- to 24-fold for 5 to 10 years or more, and this risk has been shown to persist for at least 8 to 15 years after ERT is discontinued.
In the oral estrogen-alone substudy of WHI (see Pharmacology, Women's Health Initiative Study), no overall effect on coronary heart disease (CHD) events (defined as non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI), silent MI or death due to CHD) was reported in women receiving estrogen-alone compared to placebo.
In the oral estrogen-plus-progestin substudy of WHI, no statistically significant increase of coronary heart disease (CHD) events was reported in women receiving the oral estrogen/progestin combination (CE 0.625 mg plus MPA 2.5 mg daily) compared to women receiving placebo (39 vs 33 per 10 000 person-years—7 more cases). An increase in relative risk was demonstrated in year one and a trend toward decreasing relative risk was reported in years 2 through 5.
In post-menopausal women with documented heart disease (n=2763, average age 66.7 years) a controlled clinical trial of secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (Heart and Estrogen/progestin Replacement Study; HERS) treatment with oral conjugated estrogens plus medroxyprogesterone acetate demonstrated no cardiovascular benefit. During an average follow-up of 4.1 years, treatment with oral conjugated estrogens plus medroxyprogesterone acetate did not reduce the overall rate of CHD events in postmenopausal women with established coronary heart disease. There were more CHD events in the hormone-treated group than in the placebo group in year one, but not during the subsequent years.
From the original HERS trial, 2321 women agreed to participate in an open label extension of HERS, HERS II. Average follow-up in HERS II was an additional 2.7 years, for a total of 6.8 years overall. Rates of CHD events were comparable among women in the hormone-treated group in the HERS, the HERS II, and overall.
Rare: possible growth potentiation of benign meningioma. Very rare: dizziness, headache, migraine, nervousness.
Very rare: breast pain.
Very rare: urticaria, angioedema, anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions.
Very rare: rash.
Rare: ischemic colitis. Very rare: nausea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain.
Rare: injection site pain, injection site edema, edema.
Rare: pulmonary embolism, venous thrombosis. Very rare: superficial thrombophlebitis, hypotension, phlebitis (injection site).
Symptoms of overdosage of estrogen-containing products in adults and children when the drug is taken orally may include nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, dizziness, abdominal pain, drowsiness/fatigue; withdrawal bleeding may occur in females.
There is no specific antidote and further treatment if necessary should be symptomatic.
Premarin Intravenous is compatible with normal saline and dextrose 10% infusions in a ratio of 1:1. It is not compatible with protein hydrolysate, ascorbic acid, or any other infusion solutions with an acid pH.
Immediate use: Reconstitute Premarin Intravenous with 5 mL of Sterile Water for Injection U.S.P. to obtain approximately 5.0 mL of straw-coloured solution at 5 mg/mL. Diluent should be added slowly, letting it flow against the side of the vial. Agitate gently. Do not shake violently. Use immediately after reconstitution.
One 25 mg injection, intravenously or intramuscularly. Intravenous use is preferred since a more rapid response can be expected from this mode of administration. Repeat in 6-12 hours if necessary. The use of Premarin Intravenous does not preclude the advisibility of other appropriate measures.
Immediately start an estrogen-progestogen cyclic regimen such as conjugated estrogens 3.75 mg to 7.5 mg daily in divided doses (as tablets), for 20 days. During the last 5 to 10 days of therapy, an oral progestogen should be given. Withdrawal bleeding may be expected in the next 2 to 5 days. It is important that therapy be continued and dosage not be reduced, otherwise breakthrough bleeding will occur. The above oral estrogen-progestogen regimen should be repeated, beginning on day 5 of the cycle, for up to three additional cycles after which medication should be withdrawn and the patient's requirement for therapy reassessed. Should breakthrough bleeding occur before the end of a 20-day regimen, therapy should be stopped and then resumed on the fifth day of flow.
The usual precautionary measures governing intravenous administration should be adhered to. Injection should be made slowly to obviate the occurrence of flushes.
Infusion of Premarin Intravenous with other agents is not generally recommended. In emergencies, however, when an infusion has already been started, it may be expedient to make the injection into the tubing just distal to the infusion needle. If so used, compatibility of solutions must be considered.
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