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Zumenon

Zumenon is an oral form of HRT that contains the active ingredient estradiol. The film-coated tablets help to reduce symptoms of the menopause in cases where they severely affect a woman’s quality of life.

Zumenon is an oestrogen-only treatment, meaning that women with a uterus will need to use a progestogen alongside it for several days of the month. However, it’s safe to be used as a solo treatment in women who’ve had a hysterectomy.

HRT is only ever prescribed to women whose lives have been markedly affected by symptoms of the menopause due to its associated risks, and the lowest effective dose is prescribed for the shortest amount of time in all cases.

Estradiol (the form of oestrogen used in Zumenon) helps to elevate the levels of oestrogen in the body which are lost when the ovaries don’t produce as much of the hormone. It’s usually used until the symptoms of the menopause die down on their own, usually after a few months to a few years.

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Zumenon is an oral form of HRT that contains the active ingredient estradiol. The film-coated tablets help to reduce symptoms of the menopause in cases where they severely affect a woman’s quality of life.

Zumenon is an oestrogen-only treatment, meaning that women with a uterus will need to use a progestogen alongside it for several days of the month. However, it’s safe to be used as a solo treatment in women who’ve had a hysterectomy.

HRT is only ever prescribed to women whose lives have been markedly affected by symptoms of the menopause due to its associated risks, and the lowest effective dose is prescribed for the shortest amount of time in all cases.

Estradiol (the form of oestrogen used in Zumenon) helps to elevate the levels of oestrogen in the body which are lost when the ovaries don’t produce as much of the hormone. It’s usually used until the symptoms of the menopause die down on their own, usually after a few months to a few years.

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What is Zumenon?

Zumenon is a brand of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medication for the treatment of various symptoms in post-menopausal women.

Zumenon is an oestrogen-only medicine, meaning that it’s only safe to be used on its own as treatment in women who’ve had a hysterectomy. Women who still have a uterus will need to take a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone alongside oestrogen to reduce their risk of developing endometrial cancer.

The form of oestrogen found in Zumenon is estradiol, a commonly used version of the hormone that can be found in many other HRT medications, as well as some versions of the combined oral contraceptive pill.

How does Zumenon work?

To understand how Zumenon or any other HRT medications work, you first need to understand the menopause and what it is.

The menopause is a gradual process where women’s ovaries stop releasing eggs. It normally happens over the course of a few years, and it’s when a woman loses the ability to become pregnant naturally. The ovaries releasing fewer eggs means that your periods may be more spaced out or irregular than what you’ve been used to for years.

As well as releasing fewer eggs, the ovaries stop producing as much oestrogen, leading to a drop in the hormone which causes symptoms such as:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flushes
  • Sleeping problems (insomnia)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Reduced libido (lower desire for sex)
  • Memory problems
  • Concentration problems
  • Vaginal dryness

It’s a natural process that happens to every woman, but it isn’t always pleasant to experience. Whilst some women do get away with not feeling the symptoms at all, or at least mildly, other women find that they get in the way of daily life and seriously affect their well being. This is when HRT is usually prescribed.

Zumenon is exactly that. It replaces the oestrogen hormone that the body no longer produces as much of and helps to relieve the symptoms listed above. It’s only usually prescribed to women that are seriously struggling with the symptoms due to some of the risks associated with using HRT.

Can I take Zumenon?

Due to the serious conditions that are linked to HRT use, there are several groups of women that will either need to avoid the medicine altogether, or have a consultation with their GP to talk about their personal and family health history to determine whether HRT is a safe option. If you have any of the conditions or health problems listed below, please make an appointment with your doctor if you’re considering HRT:

  • Breast cancer
  • Oestrogen sensitive cancers
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • Blood clots
  • Blood clotting disorder
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Angina
  • Liver disease
  • Allergic to any ingredients
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Gall stones
  • Migraines
  • SLE
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Otosclerosis
  • High cholesterol
  • Fluid retention

Your doctor will want to know if you currently have, have ever had, or are at risk of developing any of the above conditions as this will determine whether it’s safe for you to use HRT for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. If your GP does deem it safe, in addition to the conditions listed above, you should immediately stop treatment if you experience any of the following:

  • Jaundice
  • Large increase in blood pressure
  • New onset of migraines
  • Signs of a blood clot

You’ll also need to inform your doctor if you’re taking any of the following medicines as they may not work well with HRT:

  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenytoin
  • Carbamazepine
  • Rifampicin
  • Rifabutin
  • Nevirapine
  • Efavirenz
  • Ritonavir
  • Nelfinavir
  • St John’s Wort
  • Fentanyl
  • Theophylline

There are also some medicines that are given to patients that have had an organ transplant that might affect Zumenon.

What are the risks of HRT?

All forms of HRT come with elevated risks. This means that there are several conditions that are more commonly reported amongst women who take the medication than in those that don’t. However, the elevated risks of most of these conditions are only small, but due to the fact the links have been proven, your doctor will assess you. Some of the main risks associated with hormone replacement therapy during the menopause are:

  • Breast cancer
  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Blood clots
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Potential memory loss if started over the age of 65

If you’re worried about any of the risks mentioned above and you’re either thinking of starting HRT or are already on it, please make an appointment with your GP.

How long will I need to take Zumenon for?

Zumenon, like all other forms of HRT will be prescribed for as long as you need it. However, doctors will prescribe the lowest dose effective for the shortest time possible. This is to reduce the risk of you developing any of the conditions listed above or experiencing any adverse effects of using the medication.

Some women find that they only need to take Zumenon for a few months, whilst others need the treatment for a few years until the worst symptoms of the menopause have passed.

What are the side effects of Zumenon?

Zumenon has the potential to cause some unpleasant side effects, but many women find that these are more bearable than the symptoms of the menopause itself. Here’s a list of the most commonly experienced symptoms associated with HRT:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Leg cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unexpected bleeding or spotting
  • Wind
  • Thrush
  • High blood pressure
  • Back pain
  • Indigestion
  • Nervousness
  • Breast pain/tenderness
  • Feeling weak
  • Weight changes
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Allergic reaction
  • Hives
  • Painful skin lumps
  • Depressed mood
  • Water retention
  • Varicose veins
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Sight problems

More side effects are available in the patient information leaflet as this is just a list of the most commonly reported ones. If any of the side effects prove too much to handle, please go back to your doctor to discuss other options for HRT or symptom management.