Generic Name(s): Synthetic conjugated estrogens
Drug Class: Estrogens
Treats: Menopause, osteoporosis, breast cancer,
Enjuvia is a drug that contains conjugated estrogens, which is a blend of estrogen hormones. Estrogen is a female sex hormone that is synthesized and released by ovaries, and it is important to different processes in the human body. Enjuvia may be used to minimize menopausal symptoms, prevent osteoporosis or to treat breast or prostate cancer.
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Enjuvia contains estrogen, a female hormone. Enjuvia helps in reducing the symptoms associated with menopause. These symptoms mainly occur when the body does not produce enough estrogen. It can also be used to prevent osteoporosis in women of menopausal age and to treat some types of cancers in both men and women, for example, breast cancer and prostate cancer that has spread to different parts of the body. It can also be used by women who are unable to naturally produce adequate estrogen because of primary ovarian failure or hypogonadism. Enjuvia is also sometimes prescribed for hormone therapy for those transitioning between genders and for Turner"s syndrome. Below you will find the uses of Enjuvia.
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
The dosage of Enjuvia taken will depend on the medical condition of the patient and their response to treatment. The dosage should be taken as prescribed by the doctor. This drug may be taken with or without food. You should take Enjuvia at the same time each day. Below you will find a typical dosage of Enjuvia.
- Breast cancer: 10 mg taken three times daily for at least three months
- Menopause symptoms: 0.3 mg once daily
- Ovarian issues: 0.3-1.25 mg daily
- Prostate cancer: 1.25-2.5 mg taken three times daily
- Your doctor may ask that you take this medication only on certain days or adjust your dose as necessary
Enjuvia Side Effects
Like any drug, Enjuvia may have side effects associated with it. If you experience severe or persistent side effects, you should contact your doctor. Some of the side effects associated with Enjuvia are listed below. Note that not all possible side effects are listed.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach upset
- Breast tenderness
- Weight changes
Ensure that you inform your doctor immediately if you have severe side effects such as:
- Breast lumps
- Mood or mental changes like memory loss or depression
- Unusual vaginal bleeding like spotting, recurrent or prolonged bleeding or breakthrough bleeding
- New or increased vaginal itching, irritation, discharge or odor
- Severe abdominal or stomach pains
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Yellowing of skin or eyes
- Dark urine
- Swelling of hands, ankles and feet
- Increased thirst or urination
Enjuvia may interact with other drugs. This may cause ineffectiveness of the conjugated estrogen or hasten its breakdown leading to low levels of the drug in the body.Grapefruit juice tends to slow down the process of breaking down conjugated estrogens by the liver. This elevates the estrogen levels in the body and it increases its side effects. Some of the drugs that may interact with Enjuvia are listed below. Note that not all possible interactions are listed here.