What is Angeliq (Drospirenone Estradiol)?
Estradiol is a female hormone involved in development and maintenance of the female reproductive system.
Drospirenone and estradiol is used to treat the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes or vaginal changes (itching, burning, dryness, urination problems). It is also used to prevent thinning of the bones (osteoporosis).
Drosperinone and estradiol also treats the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The symptoms of PMDD include depression, anxiety, persistent anger or irritability, trouble concentrating, sleep or appetite changes, and feeling out of control. PMDD also includes physical symptoms such as breast tenderness, headache, joint or muscle pain, bloating, and weight gain.
PMDD is not the same condition as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This medication is not meant to treat PMS.
Drospirenone and estradiol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about Angeliq (Drospirenone Estradiol)?
This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use if you are pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
Drospirenone may raise potassium levels in your blood. Other medical conditions can also affect potassium levels. Before using drospirenone and estradiol, tell your doctor about all of your current and past medical conditions, and about all the medicines you use.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you feel short of breath, have sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, sudden headache, confusion, or problems with vision, speech, or balance.
Call your doctor right away if you have a breast lump, unusual vaginal bleeding, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Angeliq (Drospirenone Estradiol)?
Drospirenone may raise potassium levels in your blood. Other medical conditions can also affect potassium levels. Before using drospirenone and estradiol, tell your doctor if you have any of the following:
- a history of liver disease
- a history of jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes) during a pregnancy or while using birth control pills
- kidney disease
- adrenal insufficiency
- hemophilia or other bleeding disorder
- a history of stroke or blood clot
- unusual vaginal bleeding; or
- any type of breast, uterine, or hormone-dependent cancer
Certain medicines can also affect potassium levels. Tell your doctor if you use any of the following drugs:
- aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), indomethacin, naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), piroxicam (Feldene)
- a diuretic (“water pill”) such as spironolactone (Aldactone), triamterene (Dyrenium, Dyazide, Maxzide), amiloride (Midamor), or eplerenone (Inspra)
- a potassium supplement such as Klor-Con, K-Dur, K-Tab
- an ACE inhibitor such as benazepril (Lotensin), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), enalapril (Vasotec); or
- blood pressure medicine such as candesartan (Atacand), losartan (Cozaar), telmisartan (Micardis)
If you have any of the following conditions, you may not be able to use drospirenone and estradiol, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment:
- high blood pressure, angina, heart disease, high cholesterol or triglycerides
- liver or kidney disease
- migraines, depression
- gallbladder disease
- uterine fibroids; or
- you have had a hysterectomy (uterus removed)
FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use this medication if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.
Drospirenone and estradiol may affect breast milk. Do not take drospirenone and estradiol without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Estradiol may increase your risk of developing a condition that may lead to uterine cancer. Taking the combination of drospirenone and estradiol may reduce this risk. Talk with your doctor about your individual situation, and report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away.
Angeliq Side Effects
What are the possible side effects of Angeliq (Drospirenone Estradiol)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
- sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance
- unusual vaginal bleeding
- stomach pain, swelling, or tenderness
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- breast lump
Continue using drospirenone and estradiol and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
- nausea and vomiting
- breast tenderness or enlargement
- swelling of your hands or feet
- darkened skin, especially on your face
- changes in your menstrual periods
- headache, migraine, dizziness, or fainting
- problems with contact lenses
- vaginal yeast infections; or
- enlargement of uterine fibroids
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs affect Angeliq (Drospirenone Estradiol)?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- insulin or diabetes medicine taken by mouth, including glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Diabeta, Micronase, Glynase), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), tolazamide (Tolinase), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others; or
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin)
If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use dropirenone and estradiol.
There may be other drugs not listed that can affect drospirenone and estradiol. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Angeliq (Drospirenone Estradiol)?
There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking drospirenone and estradiol unless your doctor directs otherwise.
How should I take Angeliq (Drospirenone Estradiol)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger or smaller amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Try to take drospirenone and estradiol at the same time each day.
Store drospirenone and estradiol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I overdose on Angeliq (Drospirenone Estradiol)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
An overdose of drospirenone and estradiol is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.
What happens if I miss a dose of Angeliq (Drospirenone Estradiol)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Edited from everydayhealth.com