Menopause can be a crippling time for a woman and can disrupt everyday life as a result of its symptoms. As a woman ages, her natural levels of oestrogen begin to decline. Elleste Solo is an example of HRT (Hormone replacement therapy) designed to increase hormone levels within the body and alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
- Used for women going through menopause
- Simple one a day dosage
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.
Oral HRT is licensed for use in women who have not had a period in 12 consecutive months. They usually contain estradiol, which helps to replace oestrogen deficiency and a synthetic form of progesterone. Some tablets contain both hormones; some have a 14-day cycle of a single hormone with a 14-day cycle of combined hormones or can contain the only oestrogen.
What are the risks involved in using HRT?
HRT comes with some risks that need to be considered before starting treatment, which can be discussed in your consultation. With all medications, there are ways to minimise risks and having regular check-ups will ensure that any risks from using HRT are monitored and minimised.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking oral HRT.
Some side effects may include:
- Menstrual cycle abnormalities
- Increased susceptibility to thrush
- Mood changes
- Weight change
- High blood pressure
- Changes in breast tissue
There are few serious side effects associated with taking oral HRT. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you experience swelling in the lower leg that is inflamed and hot to touch.
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.