Tibolone is used for relieving post-menopausal symptoms and prevention of osteoporosis.
Tibolone is a substance that has favourable effects on the different tissues in our body such as the brain, vagina and bone.
It should only be used in postmenopausal women with at least 12 months of since their last natural period.
Tibolone may cause some unwanted side effects. Generally, the common side effects tend to occur at the beginning of the treatment. Such side effects include:
Inform the doctor if any of the aboce side effects lasts for more than a few months after the beginning of the treatment or if they become serious or bothersome.
Rare but serious effects may occur. Contact the doctor as soon as possible if any of the following are noticed:
of the women will not experience menstruation during treatment. However, you may experience
irregular bleeding or spotting during the first 3 months of starting tibolone. If
this continue for longer than 6 months, please see your doctor as soon as
If you are due to have an operation, tell the surgeon you are taking tibolone. You may need to stop taking tibolone a few weeks before the operation to reduce the risk of a blood clot.
Some medicines may interfere with the effects of tibolone and cause irregular bleeding such as blood thinning medicines (e.g. warfarin). Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including herbal medicines or natural products.
The tablets should be taken at the same time daily. Start a new pack immediately once the current one pack is completed, do not leave a break in between strips or packs.
Swallow the tablet whole with water or a drink. It can be taken with or without food.
If you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as you remember, unless you are more than 12 hours late. If you are more than 12 hours late, just skip it and take your next tablet at the usual time. Do not take a double dose.
Studies have shown that tibolone may be associated with a slight increased risk of both stroke and endometrial cancer. It may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Regularly check your breast for any changes such as dimpling of the skin, changes in the nipple, or any lumps you can see or feel. The risk of breast cancer returns to normal within a few years after stopping treatment.
If you have any concerns, please discuss with your doctor. Your doctor will consider the benefits versus its risks when they prescribed the treatment to ensure it remains suitable for you.
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