Ospemifene oral tablets
What is this medicine?
OSPEMIFENE (os PEM i feen) is used to treat painful sexual intercourse in females after menopause, a symptom of menopause that occurs due to changes in and around the vagina.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Take this medicine with food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
changes in vision
confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
new breast lumps
pain, swelling, warmth in the leg
pelvic pain or pressure
sudden chest pain
sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
unusual vaginal bleeding patterns
vaginal discharge that is bloody or brown
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
hot flushes or flashes
vaginal discharge (white or clear)
What may interact with this medicine?
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
cancer, such as breast, uterine, or other cancer
history of blood clots
history of stroke
history of vaginal bleeding
an unusual or allergic reaction to ospemifene, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam and Pap smear while on this medicine. You should also discuss the need for regular mammograms with your health care professional, and follow his or her guidelines for these tests. Also, periodically discuss the need to continue taking this medicine. Taking this medicine for long periods of time may increase your risk for serious side effects.
This medicine can increase the risk of developing a condition (endometrial hyperplasia) that may lead to cancer of the lining of the uterus. Taking progestins, another hormone drug, with this medicine lowers the risk of developing this condition. Therefore, if your uterus has not been removed (by a hysterectomy), your doctor may prescribe a progestin for you to take together with your estrogen. You should know, however, that taking estrogens with progestins may have additional health risks. You should discuss the use of estrogens and progestins with your health care professional to determine the benefits and risks for you.
This medicine can rarely cause blood clots. You should avoid long periods of bed rest while taking this medicine. If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you are taking this medicine. This medicine should be stopped at least 4-6 weeks before surgery. After surgery, it should be restarted only after you are walking again. It should not be restarted while you still need long periods of bed rest.
You should not smoke while taking this medicine. Smoking may also increase your risk of blood clots. Smoking can also decrease the effects of this medicine.
This medicine does not prevent hot flashes. It may cause hot flashes in some patients.
If you have any reason to think you are pregnant; stop taking this medicine at once and contact your doctor or health care professional.
July 17, 2018