Prempro

posted on:
July 23, 2007

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What is Prempro?

Prempro (conjugated estrogens/medroxyprogesterone acetate tablets) manufactured by (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.) is an oral medication that provides women with relief from menopausal symptoms. It usually comes in the form of a pill and is taken once a day. Prempro was approved by the FDA in 1995.

What is Prempro prescribed for?

Prempro is a medication commonly prescribed for patients in need of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The drug falls within a category of drugs known as progestins containing conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone acetate.

Prempro is used after menopause has started in women with a uterus to reduce moderate to severe hot flashes; to treat moderate to severe dryness, itching, and burning, in and around the vagina; and to help reduce your chances of getting osteoporosis (thin weak bones).

What are the dangers associated with Prempro?

By 2002 about six million women regularly used Prempro, of combined estrogen and progestin. In July of the same year, health researchers issued dramatic warnings concerning Prempro after a major study found significant health risks associated with Prempro. The federal study revealed that long-term use of Prempro leads to increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease and strokes.

This study found the following Prempro side effects:

• 26 percent increase in breast cancer.
• 41 percent increase in strokes.
• 29 percent increase in heart attacks.
• 100 percent increase of blood clots in legs and lungs.

This study, called the Woman’s Health Initiative (WHI), showed doctors that virtually everything that the pharmaceutical companies had been telling them about the benefits and risks of Prempro was wrong! The WHI study concluded that the RISKS of Prempro outweighed its benefits, and urged woman on the study to stop taking Prempro immediately.

Wyeth scurried to change its warning label, but for thousands of woman, it was too late, they had tragically developed breast cancer, and their lives forever changed. A breast cancer epidemic had been created.

 

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