Conjugated oestrogens, bazedoxifene acetate
Duavive is a type of oestrogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It is prescribed for women who are experiencing symptoms as the result of the menopause and have had a hysterectomy.
If you would like to buy Duavive online, you can order through our pharmacy service and have it sent directly to your home. Following approval from our prescriber, your medicine will be dispatched within one day.
Duavive is a medicine used to treat symptoms of the menopause such as hot flushes. It is prescribed for women who still have their womb and cannot be treated with progesterone. Duavive is a type of oestrogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which can come in many different forms. Duavive is a tablet which is swallowed and slowly released into the bloodstream.
The menopause refers to the stage leading up to and including the last menstrual period. It takes a long time for periods to completely stop. This occurs as the ovaries stop producing eggs and less oestrogen is created. Most women go through menopause between the ages of 45-55. Symptoms can continue for several years in some cases.
Every woman will go through menopause at some point, and in some cases no symptoms will be noticed. However, it is thought that around 80% of women will experience some form of symptoms due to less oestrogen being produced. Typical symptoms of the menopause include: hot flushes, night sweats, general changes to periods, irritability and tiredness.
Having HRT seeks to address these symptoms. Most HRT is administered in the form of combined therapy, where both oestrogen and progestogen are given. However, if your womb has already been removed then oestrogen-only HRT therapy such as Duavive is the most likely form of treatment.
Oestrogens used alone can lead to endometrial hyperplasia, which is the growth of the womb lining. Duavive contains bazedoxifene which blocks oestrogen from acting on the womb. The additional use of bazedoxifene is that it can be used to treat osteoporosis (a condition where bones become more fragile) which can occur as a result of ageing. Women lose bone tissue quicker than men and the process escalates after menopause, so HRT can help to counter this.
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Duavive is prescribed in modified release tablet form. It contains 0.45mg of conjugated oestrogens and 20mg of bazedoxifene. The recommended dose is one tablet per day and a course of treatment should be for the shortest time possible so that the benefits outweigh the potential risk.
> A doctor will prescribe a low dose for your symptoms for the shortest time possible, and the tablet should be taken once daily for the duration.
> The tablet should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
> You can take it with or without food.
> It should be taken at the same time each day.
> If you forget to take Duavive, then take the next dose as soon as you remember.
> If you take too many tablets, contact your GP or pharmacist.
You can find more detailed versions of these instructions in the leaflet provided.
As with all medicines, there is a risk of side effects whilst taking Duavive. If you experience migraines, headaches or symptoms of a blood clot, then stop taking it and contact a doctor immediately.
Other possible side effects
Very common side effects (more than 1 in 10 people):
Common side effects (up to 1 in 10 people):
Muscle spasms, diarrhoea, nausea, thrush, constipation, increase in triglyceride levels.
Uncommon (up to 1 in 100 people):
Gallstones, inflammation of the gallbladder
If you experience any side effects whilst taking Duavive, then contact your doctor as soon as possible to discuss whether you need to stop taking it.
Taking it with other medicines
If you are taking other medicines with Duavive, you should let your doctor know as they could have an influence on it. In particular, you should inform a doctor if you are taking an anticonvulsant for epilepsy treatment, or an anti-infective treatment.
Conditions to look out for
Your doctor will want to know if you have had any of the following problems in the past: kidney problems, liver problems, asthma, epilepsy, migraines, and fluid retention. Furthermore, there is some evidence which suggests that using oestrogen therapy over the age of 65 can contribute towards memory loss. You should ask your doctor if you have any queries.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
This medication is not suitable for pregnancy women, as it is only supposed to be prescribed to postmenopausal women. You should also not take it if you are breastfeeding.
Driving and machinery
Duavive is not known to have an effect on a person’s ability to drive, but if you feel drowsy when taking it then you should avoid driving or operating machinery, and wait until the feeling has passed before doing either of these activities.
Duavive contains lactose monohydrate and other sugars. If you have been specifically informed that you are allergic to some types of sugar then you should contact your doctor.
Can I still drink alcohol?
You can drink alcohol whilst taking Duavive.
Will I still be able to drive?
There is no specific information to suggest that you will not be able to drive whilst taking Duavive.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It is not suitable to take Duavive whilst you are pregnant. The medicine is specifically designed for women who are postmenopausal.
How should I store it?
You should not store Duavive above 25 degrees centigrade, and it should be kept in its original packaging.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Duavive contains 0.45mg of conjugated oestrogen and 20mg of bazedoxifene. The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, sucrose, sucrose monopalmitate, polydextrose, microcrystalline cellulose, powdered cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxyethylcellulose, magnesium stearate, ascorbic acid, hypromellose, povidone, poloxamer 188, calcium phosphate, titanium dioxide, macrogol 400, iron oxide red), iron oxide black), isopropyl alcohol and propylene glycol.
An allergy to any of the ingredients listed above renders Duavive unsuitable for you.
Is it available over-the-counter?
Duavive is not available over the counter and will require a prescription to purchase it. You can get a prescription from one of our doctors or from your GP.
Can I buy Duavive online?
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