Is Vagifem available over the counter?

Is Vagifem available over the counter?

These tablets are applied directly inside your vagina using a convenient, smooth plastic applicator, giving localised relief from menopausal symptoms. Vagifem (also called vaginal tablets) are available on prescription from The Independent Pharmacy for menopausal women.

What is the alternative to Vagifem?

Local oestrogen products Vagifem- vaginal pessary inserted via a plastic disposable applicator (can be used up to 5 times per week if required) 2. Vagirux – an alternative to Vagifem both are small pessaries inserted into the vagina.

Is Vagifem better than Premarin?

Premarin vaginal cream (conjugated estrogens) has less side-effects than estrogen pills, but only works for localized symptoms of menopause. Vagifem (Estradiol Vaginal Tablet) relieves vaginal dryness and irritation to make sex more enjoyable.

What are the benefits of taking Vagifem?

Vagifem® 10 mcg treats the underlying cause of menopause-related vaginal changes by helping to replenish the vagina’s lost estrogen….What Vagifem® treats.

  • Vaginal dryness.
  • Pain and bleeding during intercourse.
  • Irritation.
  • Soreness.
  • Itching in and around the vagina.
  • Painful urination.

Is it safe to take Vagifem long term?

Taking oestrogen-only HRT tablets for a long time can increase the risk of developing cancer of the womb lining (the endometrium). It is uncertain whether there is a similar risk with Vagifem® when it is used for repeated or long term (more than one year) treatments.

How long is it safe to take vagifem pessaries?

Current recommendations are to continue use of local estrogen therapy for as long as necessary for symptom control. A retrospective study conducted in >13,000 women showed that the duration of local estrogen therapy in the real-life setting is about 12 months.

Is Vagifem safe to use long term?

Endometrial safety of long-term (more than one year) or repeated use of local vaginally administered oestrogen is uncertain. Therefore, if repeated, treatment should be reviewed at least annually, with special consideration given to any symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia or carcinoma.

How does Vagifem work and how does it work?

Vagifem provides a low dose (25 mcg) of estradiol locally to the vaginal epithelium. According to Novo Nordisk, the pharmaceutical firm that produces Vagifem, the tablet sticks to the tissue of the vaginal wall, allowing for gradual dissolution. Estradiol is released locally over a period of several hours.

How is Vagifem 10 MCG used to treat menopause?

Vagifem® (estradiol vaginal inserts) 10 mcg, a local vaginal estrogen therapy, is used to treat menopausal changes in and around the vagina. Menopause can be a big shift in a woman’s life. Sometimes it causes bothersome vaginal changes. The good news is that Vagifem® 10 mcg can treat some of these changes.

Is there a generic version of Vagifem in the UK?

* Please note that while the brand versions of Vagifem are supplied with individual pre-filled applicators, this UK generic version is supplied with one applicator. Each tablet will need to be loaded inside the supplied applicator. These tablets are for vaginal use and not for oral use.

When to use Vagifem if you have liver disease?

You should not use Vagifem if you have: undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, liver disease, a bleeding disorder, if you will have major surgery, or if you have ever had a heart attack, a stroke, a blood clot, or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina. Do not use Vagifem if you are pregnant.