Last Updated 25 Mar 2013
Evorel (Ev-vor-rel) is a medicine which is used in hormone replacement therapy and preventing osteoporosis in women after the menopause. Evorel contains estradiol. It is supplied by Janssen-Cilag Ltd.
The information in this Medicine Guide for Evorel varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.
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Evorel contains a hormone which is similar to the hormone oestrogen that is produced by the body. When women go through the menopause, levels of oestrogen become low. This leads to symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and dryness of the vagina. Evorel helps to replace the low levels of oestrogen which may help to relieve the symptoms of the menopause. This is known as hormone replacement therapy.
Evorel may also be used to prevent osteoporosis from occurring after the menopause. People with osteoporosis have thin bones and have a higher chance of having bone fractures. Evorel helps to prevent bone loss which may slow down the development of osteoporosis. It is only used when other medicines to prevent osteoporosis are not suitable.
Women who are on hormone replacement therapy will be advised by their prescriber to watch out for any symptoms of breast, endometrial or ovarian cancer. They may be advised to regularly examine their breasts for any changes or lumps or report any unusual vaginal bleeding to their prescriber.
Treatment with hormone replacement therapy needs to be tailored to each individual. Sometimes a medicine containing the hormone progesterone will need to be taken as well as Evorel. For more information about different types of hormone replacement therapy, and the risks and benefits of having hormone replacement therapy, you should talk to your prescriber.
Other information about Evorel:
Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.
The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should use. It also tells you how often you should use your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should use. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.
Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.
In the case of Evorel:
If you are having problems taking this form of Evorel, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.
Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.
If you are having any problems using your medicine you must speak to your prescriber. If you are not having any problems using this medicine then do not stop using it, even if you feel better, unless advised to do so by your prescriber.
The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. It is a good idea to keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children and pets.
In the case of Evorel:
Evorel is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.
Over time it is possible that Evorel can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Evorel has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.
Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.
Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.
Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.
If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.
Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.
In the case of Evorel:
When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.
Like all medicines Evorel can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.
Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.
In the case of Evorel:
It is very important that you seek urgent medical advice if you become pregnant or think you have become pregnant while taking this medicine.
Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's appearance and to make it easier to use. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.
If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Evorel before, do not use Evorel. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.
Evorel, Version 7, last updated 25 Mar 2013