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    Estrogens, Excluding Hormonal Contraceptives

    BOXED WARNING

    Dementia, geriatric

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), both estrogen/progestin combination therapy and estrogen alone therapy, has been found to fail to prevent mild cognitive impairment (memory loss) and to increase the risk of dementia in women 65 years and older. Administration of HRT should generally be avoided in women 65 years of age and older, and HRT should not be used to prevent or treat dementia or preserve cognition (memory). Overall risk vs. benefit should be considered along with the goals of use of HRT for the individual patient when considering whether to continue HRT in a geriatric woman over 65 years of age. According to the Beers Criteria, oral and topical patch forms of estrogens with or without progestins are considered potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) for use in geriatric patients and should be avoided due to evidence of carcinogenic potential (i.e., breast and endometrium) and lack of cardiovascular or cognitive protective effects in older women. According to the Beers Criteria, oral, topical patch, or other systemic forms of estrogens (with or without progestins), are considered potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) for use in geriatric patients and should be avoided due to evidence of carcinogenic potential (i.e., breast and endometrium) and lack of cardiovascular or cognitive protective effects in older women. Additionally, the Beers expert panel recommends avoiding oral or transdermal estrogen in elderly women with any type of urinary incontinence due to lack of efficacy. The Beers expert panel considers use of vaginal estrogens acceptable for the management of dyspareunia, recurrent lower urinary tract infections, and other vaginal/vulvar symptoms.

    DEA CLASS

    Rx

    DESCRIPTION

    Estrogen mixture of the water soluble salts of sulfate esters from estrone, equilin, 17 alpha-dihydroequilin, and other related steroids
    Traditional product derived from pregnant equine urine; other products are synthesized from yam and soy plants (synthetic conjugated estrogens, A) and plant-derived (synthetic conjugated estrogens, B)
    Different conjugated estrogen products are not bioequivalent, but there are no data that 'natural' estrogens are more or less efficacious or safe than 'synthetic' estrogens.

    COMMON BRAND NAMES

    Premarin

    HOW SUPPLIED

    Premarin Intramuscular Inj Pwd F/Sol: 25mg
    Premarin Intravenous Inj Pwd F/Sol: 25mg
    Premarin Oral Tab: 0.3mg, 0.45mg, 0.625mg, 0.9mg, 1.25mg
    Premarin Vaginal Cream: 0.625mg, 1g

    DOSAGE & INDICATIONS

    For treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes) of menopause and/or related genitourinary symptoms including atrophic vaginitis, vulvar atrophy (kraurosis vulvae), or dyspareunia, whether menopause is natural or surgical (e.g., due to oophorectomy).
    For the treatment of isolated vaginal and/or urogenital symptoms of menopause.
    Vaginal dosage (vaginal cream)
    Adult menopausal and postmenopausal females

    Initially, 0.5 grams vaginally once daily for 21 days; then, no treatment for 7 days. The dose may be increased up to 2 grams/day vaginally depending on response. Repeat cyclically. Use lowest effective dose and reevaluate need for treatment every 3 to 6 months. For moderate to severe dyspareunia, a dose of 0.5 grams vaginally twice weekly (e.g., every Monday and Thursday) may be sufficient in some patients; otherwise, consider the same dose as for other vaginal symptoms. When isolated genitourinary symptoms caused by menopause are present, treatment guidelines recommend low-dose vaginal estrogens over systemic estrogens as first-line therapy.

    Oral dosage
    Adult menopausal and postmenopausal females

    Initially, 0.3 mg PO once daily. May titrate if needed. Use lowest effective dose. Few patients need up to 1.25 mg/day PO. Doses of less than 0.45 mg/day may be appropriate for patients with vaginal/vulvar symptoms only. Continuous, unopposed estrogen administration is acceptable in women without a uterus. In women with an intact uterus, estrogen may be given cyclically (e.g., 25 days of month then 5 days off) or combined with a progestin for at least 10 to 14 days per month to minimize the risk of endometrial hyperplasia. However, taking estrogens with progestins may have additional health risks for the patient; risk must be determined individually. In patients with an intact uterus, therapy is initiated arbitrarily if the patient has not menstruated for 2 months or more. If the patient is menstruating, the dose is initiated on day 5 of a cycle. Reevaluate every 3 to 6 months to determine if the dose and continued systemic hormone replacement is appropriate. In patients with only vaginal or urogenital symptoms, consider vaginal treatment alone. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Guidelines support the initiation of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) around the time of menopause if no contraindications to use exist and use is acceptable to the individual patient, as hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for vasomotor and genitourinary symptoms and has been shown to prevent bone loss and fracture. Early initiation of HRT and continuation of use at until the median age of menopause (52 years) is recommended in women with premature natural or surgically induced menopause. HRT for vasomotor symptoms and/or increased risk for bone loss around the time of menopause may be considered in those women aged younger than 60 years or who are fewer than 10 years from menopause onset. For women who initiate HRT more than 10 or 20 years from menopause onset or are aged 60 years or older, the benefit-risk ratio is less favorable due to known risks for HRT (e.g., stroke, myocardial infarction, venous thromboembolism, dementia, urinary incontinence), and guidelines generally recommend against use in these women. Decisions regarding whether to continue systemic HRT in women aged older than 60 years should be made on an individual basis for quality of life, persistent vasomotor symptoms, or prevention of bone loss and fracture, with consideration given to alternative treatments for prevention of bone loss and other health issues. Some women receiving oophorectomy for cancer-related concerns may be able to pursue hormone replacement to improve menopause-like symptoms following surgery. Some data suggest that the short-term treatment of vasomotor and menopause-symptoms in women receiving prophylactic oophorectomy due to BRCA 1/2 gene mutation-related cancer risks does not increase the risk for other cancers, particularly in women less than 45 years of age at time of surgery; larger studies are needed to confirm these findings and optimal treatment guidelines.

    For osteoporosis prophylaxis in women due to menopause (either natural or surgical).
    Oral dosage
    Adult females

    Initiate at 0.3 mg PO once daily, given continuously, with no interruption in therapy, or cyclically. Use the lowest effective dose based on clinical and bone mineral density response. Few patients require 1.25 mg/day PO or more. Continuous unopposed estrogen administration is acceptable for women without a uterus. In women with an intact uterus, consider adding a progestin to reduce the risk of endometrial hyperplasia. Supplement with calcium and vitamin D if dietary intake is inadequate. Re-evaluate the need and appropriateness of hormone therapy every 3 to 6 months; carefully consider non-estrogen medication. In postmenopausal women with low bone mineral density, there is good evidence that standard-dose estrogen therapy reduces reduces the risk for osteoporotic fractures, including hip, spine, and all non-spine fractures; however, estrogens are not generally recommended as a first-line prevention tactic due to the known risks of estrogen treatment (e.g., thromboembolism, cerebrovascular events) relative to other treatments. Women who need osteoporosis prophylaxis who are younger than 60 years or who are within 10 years of menopause onset may be given consideration for estrogen therapy, based on individual assessment of risk vs. benefit. Beyond the age of 60 years, other agents are preferred due to the known risks associated with hormonal therapy. Consider each woman's net balance of individual benefits and harms. If estrogen with or without a progestin is prescribed, use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration that is consistent with an individual's treatment goals and risks. Estrogens can be used in conjunction with other medications for osteoporosis (e.g., bisphosphonates, denosumab, or teriparatide) based on clinical needs and judgment, when necessary. Estrogen therapy should not be used in patients with known osteoporosis; the risks outweigh the moderate benefit seen in postmenopausal women with established osteoporosis.

    For treatment of premenopausal females with estrogen deficiency due to hypogonadism.
    Oral dosage
    Adult and Adolescent premenopausal females

    0.3 mg or 0.625 mg PO once daily, administered cyclically (e.g., 3 weeks on and 1 week off). Adjust dose based on the severity of symptoms and responsiveness of the endometrium. In clinical studies, doses as low as 0.15 mg/day PO have induced breast development in patients with delayed puberty. The dosage may be gradually titrated upward at 6- to 12-month intervals as needed to achieve appropriate bone age advancement and eventual epiphyseal closure. The number of estrogen cycles needed to produce cyclical monthly bleeding will depend on the responsiveness of the patient's endometrium. Dosage cycles are often repeated for 3- to 6- months to establish a normal menstruation cycle. A 2-month hiatus often follows establishment of menses to assess if the patient can maintain normal menstrual cycles without further hormonal therapy. If menses does not resume, medication cycles may be repeated. Data suggest that chronic dosing with 0.625 mg/day PO of conjugated estrogens is sufficient to induce cyclic menses with sequential progestin treatment and to maintain bone mineral density after skeletal maturity is achieved.

    For treatment of hypoestrogenism due to primary ovarian failure.
    Oral dosage
    Adult and Adolescent females

    1.25 mg PO once daily, administered cyclically (e.g., 3 weeks on and 1 week off). Adjust dosage, upward or downward, according to severity of symptoms and response of the patient. For maintenance, use lowest effective dose cycle that provides symptom control. Estrogen replacement therapy is considered standard of care to reduce chronic health risks and to improve quality of life. In women with an intact uterus, the addition of progestin therapy to the estrogen helps prevent endometrial hyperplasia; hormone replacement may induce cyclic vaginal bleeding again, but won't restore ovarian function, and infertility is treated with other means. Maintenance treatment can continue until the average age of natural menopause, if the patient desires.

    For the short-term treatment of abnormal or dysfunctional uterine bleeding caused by hormonal imbalance in the absence of organic pathology.
    Intravenous or Intramuscular dosage (conjugated estrogens, equine injection, i.e., Premarin)
    Adult females

    25 mg IV or IM as a single dose. May repeat this dose in 6 to 12 hours, if necessary. The intravenous route is preferred for a more rapid response; inject IV slowly to reduce flushing. The use of conjugated estrogens parenterally does not preclude the use of other appropriate measures.

    Adolescent† females

    Use the same dosing as for adult patients: 25 mg IV or IM as a single dose. May repeat this dose in 6 to 12 hours, if necessary. The intravenous route is preferred for a more rapid response; inject IV slowly to reduce flushing. The use of conjugated estrogens parenterally does not preclude the use of other appropriate measures. While FDA-approval for use in adolescents has not been specifically established, adolescent females have been included in clinical trials and use is part of standard medical management options in this population when acute care is needed.

    For the palliative treatment of breast cancer that has metastasized, in appropriately selected men or women.
    Oral dosage
    Adult males or females

    10 mg PO 3 times per day for at least 3 months. Estrogens have been used historically for this indication; in modern medicine, some estrogens are used as salvage endocrine therapy for metastatic disease.

    For the palliative treatment of advanced inoperable prostate cancer.
    Oral dosage
    Adult males

    1.25 mg to 2.5 mg PO 3 times per day, usually for 3 months. The effectiveness of therapy can be judged by serial PSA determinations as well as by symptomatic improvement of the patient. A response to estrogen treatment, if it will occur, will usually be noted within 3 months. If the patient responds, estrogen therapy is continued until a significant advancement of the disease occurs.

    MAXIMUM DOSAGE

    Adults

    Dependent on indication for therapy.

    Elderly

    Dependent on indication for therapy.

    Adolescents

    Dependent on indication for therapy.

    Children

    Not indicated in prepubescent females.

    DOSING CONSIDERATIONS

    Hepatic Impairment

    Contraindicated in the presence of known liver dysfunction or hepatic disease of any type.

    Renal Impairment

    Specific guidelines for dosage adjustments in renal impairment are not available; it appears that no dosage adjustments are needed.

    ADMINISTRATION

    Oral Administration

    To reduce nausea, administer with or immediately after food.

    Injectable Administration

    Visually inspect parenteral products for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration whenever solution and container permit.
    Administer intramuscularly or intravenously. The intravenous route provides a more rapid onset of response.
     
    Reconstitution:
    Reconstitute with 5 mL of Sterile Water for Injection, USP. Introduce the sterile diluent slowly against the side of the vial and gently agitate the vial to aid in dissolution; do not shake vigorously.
    NOTE: Premarin IV is incompatible with protein hydrolysate, ascorbic acid, or any acid pH solution.
    Use immediately after reconstitution.

    Intravenous Administration

    Inject slowly into the distal port tubing of a freely-flowing IV infusion of 0.9% Sodium Chloride injection, 5% Dextrose injection, or Lactated Ringer's injection. To prevent flushing reaction, the rate of injection should not exceed 5 mg/minute.

    Intramuscular Administration

    Inject deeply into a large muscle.

    Intravaginal Administration

    Follow directions supplied by the manufacturer. The proper dose is marked on the applicator.
    Instruct patient on proper vaginal application.
    After administration, wash applicator with mild soap and warm water. Do not boil or use hot water.

    STORAGE

    Cenestin:
    - Store between 68 to 77 degrees F, excursions permitted 59 to 86 degrees F
    Enjuvia:
    - Store between 68 to 77 degrees F, excursions permitted 59 to 86 degrees F
    Premarin:
    - Store between 68 to 77 degrees F, excursions permitted 59 to 86 degrees F

    CONTRAINDICATIONS / PRECAUTIONS

    Benzyl alcohol hypersensitivity, hereditary angioedema, history of angioedema

    Do not use conjugated estrogens products in patients with a known hypersensitivity to the hormones or any of the specific product ingredients; conjugated estrogens are contraindicated in patients with known anaphylactic reactions or history of angioedema to the drug. Cases of both anaphylactic reactions and angioedema have been reported in patients taking estrogens, including conjugated estrogens. Events have developed in minutes and have required emergency medical treatment. Exogenous estrogens may also induce or exacerbate symptoms of angioedema, particularly in women with hereditary angioedema, which can be hormonally sensitive. Conjugated estrogens vaginal cream contains benzyl alcohol and should be used with caution in those with benzyl alcohol hypersensitivity; allergic-type reactions, including bronchospasm or other bronchial events, may occur in certain susceptible individuals.

    Breast cancer, hypercalcemia, new primary malignancy

    Estrogens are generally contraindicated in patients with a history of, or known or suspected breast cancer. The use of estrogen-alone and estrogen plus progestin has been reported to result in an increase in abnormal mammograms, requiring further evaluation. All women taking estrogen with or without a progestin should receive an annual clinical breast examination, perform monthly self-examinations, and have regular mammograms as recommended by their health care professional based on patient age, risk factors, and prior mammogram results. Since the 1970's, numerous epidemiological studies have examined the association of estrogens or combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and breast cancer (new primary malignancy). The most important randomized clinical trial providing information about breast cancer in estrogen-alone users is the Womens Health Initiative (WHI) substudy of conjugated estrogens (CE, 0.625 mg/day)-alone. In the WHI estrogen-alone substudy, after an average follow-up of 7.1 years, daily estrogen monotherapy was not associated with an increased risk of invasive breast cancer [relative risk (RR) 0.80]. The most important randomized clinical trial providing information about breast cancer in patients taking combined estrogen-progestin HRT regimens is the WHI substudy of CE (0.625 mg/day) plus MPA (2.5 mg/day). After a mean follow-up of 5.6 years, the WHI estrogen plus progestin substudy reported an increased risk of invasive breast cancer in women who took daily CE plus MPA vs. placebo. In this substudy, prior use of estrogen-alone or estrogen plus progestin therapy was reported by 26 percent of the women. The relative risk of invasive breast cancer was 1.24, and the absolute risk was 41 versus 33 cases per 10,000 women-years, for CE plus MPA compared with placebo. Among women who reported prior use of hormone therapy, the relative risk of invasive breast cancer was 1.86, and the absolute risk was 46 vs. 25 cases per 10,000 women-years for CE plus MPA compared with placebo. Among women who reported no prior use of hormone therapy, the relative risk of invasive breast cancer was 1.09, and the absolute risk was 40 vs. 36 cases per 10,000 women-years for CE plus MPA compared with placebo. In the same WHI substudy, invasive breast cancers were larger, were more likely to be node positive, and were diagnosed at a more advanced stage in the combined HRT group compared with the placebo group. Metastatic disease was rare, with no apparent difference between the 2 groups. Other prognostic factors, such as histologic subtype, grade and hormone receptor status did not differ between the 2 groups. Consistent with the WHI clinical trial, observational studies have also reported an increased risk of breast cancer for estrogen plus progestin therapy, and a smaller increased risk for estrogen-alone therapy, after several years of use. The risk increased with duration of use, and appeared to return to baseline over about 5 years after stopping treatment (only the observational studies have substantial data on risk after stopping). Observational studies also suggest that the risk of breast cancer was greater, and became apparent earlier, with combined HRT as compared to estrogen-alone therapy. However, these studies have not found significant variation in the risk of breast cancer among different estrogen plus progestin combinations, doses, or routes of administration. While estrogen therapy may be used rarely for the palliative treatment of advanced breast cancer in men and women, estrogen administration may lead to severe hypercalcemia in patients with breast cancer and bone metastases. If hypercalcemia occurs, use of the drug should be stopped and appropriate measures taken to reduce the serum calcium level.

    Ovarian cancer

    Conjugated estrogens are contraindicated in the presence of estrogen-responsive tumors, including ovarian cancer. The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) estrogen plus progestin substudy reported a statistically non-significant increased risk of ovarian cancer in women taking combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT). After an average follow-up of 5.6 years, the relative risk for ovarian cancer for estrogen (conjugated estrogens, CE) plus a progestin (medroxyprogesterone, MPA) versus placebo was 1.58 (95% CI, 0.77 to 3.24). The absolute risk for CE plus MPA versus placebo was 4 versus 3 cases per 10,000 women-years. A meta-analysis of 17 prospective and 35 retrospective epidemiology studies found that women who used HRT for menopausal symptoms had an increased risk for ovarian cancer. The primary analysis, using case-control comparisons, included 12,110 cancer cases from the 17 prospective studies. The relative risk associated with current use of hormonal therapy was 1.41 (95% CI, 1.32 to 1.5); there was no difference in the risk estimates by duration of the exposure (less than 5 years [median of 3 years] vs. greater than 5 years [median of 10 years] of use before the cancer diagnosis). The relative risk associated with combined current and recent use (discontinued use within 5 years before cancer diagnosis) was 1.37 (95% CI, 1.27 to 1.48), and the elevated risk was significant for both estrogen-alone and estrogen plus progestin products. The exact duration of hormone therapy use associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer, however, is unknown.

    Endometrial cancer, endometrial hyperplasia, vaginal bleeding

    Estrogen therapy is contraindicated in patients with known estrogen-dependent malignancies. There is an association of unopposed estrogen therapy and endometrial cancer in women with an intact uterus. Adding a progestin to estrogen therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of endometrial hyperplasia, which may be a precursor to endometrial cancer. Clinical surveillance of all women using estrogen-alone or estrogen plus progestin therapy is important. Adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal vaginal bleeding. The reported endometrial cancer risk among unopposed estrogen users is about 2- to 12-times greater than in non-users, and appears dependent on duration of treatment and on estrogen dose. Most studies show no significant increased risk associated with use of estrogens for less than 1 year. The greatest risk appears associated with prolonged use, with increased risks of 15-to 24-fold for 5 to 10 years or more, and this risk has been shown to persist for at least 8 to 15 years after estrogen therapy is discontinued. There is no evidence that the use of natural estrogens results in a different endometrial risk profile than synthetic estrogens of equivalent estrogen dose. With concurrent progestin use (cyclically or continuously), the incidence of endometrial hyperplasia due to conjugated estrogens is estimated to be 1% or less.

    Cervical cancer, endometriosis, uterine cancer, uterine leiomyomata, vaginal cancer

    Estrogens are contraindicated in the presence of vaginal cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer, or other estrogen-responsive tumors. Clinical surveillance of all women using estrogen-alone or estrogen plus progestin therapy is important; all women receiving estrogen treatment should have an annual pelvic examination and other diagnostic or screening tests, such as cervical cytology, as clinically indicated or as generally recommended based on age, risk factors, and other individual needs. Because estrogens influence the growth of endometrial tissues, use conjugated estrogens cautiously in women with endometriosis or uterine leiomyomata (uterine fibroids). A few cases of malignant transformation of residual endometrial growths have been reported in women treated post-hysterectomy with estrogen-alone therapy. For women known to have residual endometriosis post-hysterectomy, the addition of a progestin should be considered to reduce the risk of endometrial tissue growth.

    Cardiac disease, cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, myocardial infarction, obesity, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, stroke, thromboembolic disease, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis, tobacco smoking

    Estrogens are contraindicated in patients with an active or past history of stroke, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolism, thromboembolic disease, or myocardial infarction (MI). An increased risk of cerebrovascular disease (stroke) and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) has been reported with unopposed estrogen therapy. An increased risk of thromboembolism, including pulmonary embolism (PE), DVT, stroke and myocardial infarction (MI) has been reported with estrogen plus progestin hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Should any of these events occur or be suspected, discontinue conjugated estrogens immediately. Estrogens are also contraindicated for patients with known protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, or antithrombin deficiency or other known thrombophilic disorders associated with increased risk of venous thrombosis. Other risk factors for arterial vascular disease (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, tobacco smoking, hypercholesterolemia, and obesity) and/or venous thromboembolism (VTE) [e.g., personal history or family history of VTE, obesity, or systemic lupus (SLE)] should be monitored and managed appropriately. A positive relationship between estrogen use and an increased risk for thromboembolism has been demonstrated. In the WHI estrogen-alone substudy, the risk of VTE (DVT and PE) was increased for women receiving daily unopposed estrogen compared to placebo (30 vs. 22 per 10,000 women-years), although only the increased risk of DVT reached statistical significance (23 vs. 15 per 10,000 women years). The increase in VTE risk was demonstrated during the first 2 years. In the WHI estrogen plus progestin substudy, a statistically significant 2-fold greater rate of VTE was reported in women receiving estrogen plus progestin HRT compared to women receiving placebo (35 vs. 17 per 10,000 women-years). Statistically significant increases in risk for both DVT (26 vs. 13 per 10,000 women-years) and PE (18 vs. 8 per 10,000 women-years) were also demonstrated. The increase in VTE risk was demonstrated during the first year and persisted. Estrogens with or without progestins should not be used for the prevention of cardiac disease or cardiovascular disease (e.g., coronary artery disease). In the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) estrogen-alone substudy, no overall effect on coronary heart disease (CHD) events (defined as non-fatal MI, silent MI, or CHD death ) was reported in women receiving conjugated estrogen-alone compared to placebo. Subgroup analyses of women 50 to 59 years of age suggest a statistically non-significant reduction in CHD events (CE-alone vs. placebo) in women with less than 10 years since menopause (8 vs. 16 per 10,000 women-years). In the WHI estrogen plus progestin substudy, there was a statistically non-significant increased risk of CHD events reported in women receiving daily estrogen plus progestin compared to women receiving placebo (41 vs. 34 per 10,000 women-years). An increase in relative risk was demonstrated in year 1, and a trend toward decreasing relative risk was reported in years 2 through 5. Studies have also shown no cardiovascular benefit to the use of estrogens or estrogen-progestin therapy for secondary prevention in women with documented cardiac disease or CHD. Estrogens also increase the risk for stroke. In the WHI estrogen-alone substudy, a statistically significant increased risk of stroke was reported in women 50 to 79 years of age receiving estrogen-alone compared to women in the same age group receiving placebo (45 vs. 33 per 10,000 women-years). The increase in risk was demonstrated in the first year and persisted. Subgroup analyses of women 50 to 59 years of age suggest no increased risk of stroke for those women receiving estrogen-alone versus those receiving placebo (18 vs. 21 per 10,000 women-years). In the WHI estrogen plus progestin substudy, a statistically significant increased risk of stroke was reported in women 50 to 79 years of age receiving estrogen plus progestin HRT compared to women in the same age group receiving placebo (33 vs. 25 per 10,000 women-years). The increase in risk was demonstrated after the first year and persisted. Women over the age of 65 years were at increased risk for non-fatal stroke. Patients with hypertension should be monitored closely for increases in blood pressure if estrogens are administered. In a small number of case reports, substantial increases in blood pressure have been attributed to idiosyncratic reactions to estrogen therapy. In a large, randomized, placebo controlled clinical trial, a generalized effect of estrogens on blood pressure was not seen. Estrogens may cause some degree of fluid retention. Women with conditions that might be influenced by this factor, such as a cardiac disease, warrant careful observation when estrogens are prescribed. In men treated with estrogens for palliation of prostate or breast cancer, estrogens have increased the risk of nonfatal MI, PE, and thrombophlebitis.

    Surgery

    If feasible, estrogen therapy should be discontinued at least 4 to 6 weeks before any surgery associated with an increased risk of thromboembolism, or during any periods of prolonged immobilization. The decision on when to resume estrogens after such procedures or conditions would be based on the perceived additional thromboembolic risk from estrogen use and the need for estrogen therapy; resume only after the patient is fully ambulatory. In addition, women taking conjugated estrogens should be advised to move about periodically during travel involving prolonged immobilization.

    Pregnancy

    Conjugated estrogens are contraindicated during pregnancy. There appears to be little or no increased risk of birth defects in children born to women who have used estrogens and progestins as an oral contraceptive inadvertently during early pregnancy. However, increased risk of a wide variety of fetal abnormalities, including modified development of sexual organs, cardiovascular anomalies and limb defects, have been reported following the chronic use of estrogens in pregnant women. There is no FDA-approved indication for the use of conjugated estrogens in pregnancy.

    Breast-feeding

    Caution should be used if a breast-feeding mother is receiving conjugated estrogens; in general, these products should not be used during lactation. Estrogen administration to nursing women has been shown to decrease the quantity and quality of the breast milk. Detectable amounts of estrogens have been identified in the breast milk of women receiving estrogen-alone therapy. Estrogens are not approved by the FDA for the treatment of postpartum breast engorgement.

    Gallbladder disease, hepatic disease, hepatocellular cancer, jaundice, porphyria

    Estrogens are contraindicated in the presence of hepatocellular cancer, hepatic adenoma, or in severe hepatic disease of any type. Estrogens may be poorly metabolized in women with impaired liver function. For women with a history of cholestatic jaundice associated with past estrogen use or with pregnancy, caution should be exercised, and in the case of recurrence, estrogens should be discontinued. Estrogens should also be used cautiously in patients with acute intermittent, or variegate hepatic porphyria, which can be exacerbated. Estrogens have been reported during trials to increase the risk of gallbladder disease (e.g., cholestasis, cholelithiasis and cholecystitis) by roughly 2- to 4-fold in postmenopausal women; use with caution in patients with a history of gallbladder disease.

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

    Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may have increased risk for thromboembolism and should be managed appropriately when estrogen therapy is considered. Approximately 85% of patients diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are females, giving support to the notion that hormonal influences, especially estrogen, contribute to the pathophysiology of SLE. Accordingly, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been reported to induce, unmask, and exacerbate lupus; case reports, anecdotal data, and the prospective Nurses Health Study indicate that a temporal relationship between HRT and lupus exist. However, several retrospective studies dispute a relationship between estrogens and lupus, and the SELENA trial, a large prospective, randomized clinical trial evaluating the safety of estrogen therapy (both as oral contraceptives and HRT in postmenopausal women) in patients with SLE has been completed and is being analyzed. Determining the risk of estrogen therapy in SLE patients is important as postmenopausal women with lupus can benefit from HRT; not only does it offer relief from postmenopausal symptoms (vasomotor symptoms, genital symptoms, and emotional lability), but it has the additional benefit of protecting patients from bone fracture and postmenopausal or drug-induced (i.e., chronic corticosteroid or cyclophosphamide therapy) osteoporosis. Women with hypercoagulable states are at increased risk of venous thromboembolism when taking HRT; given the increased prevalence of hypercoagulable states in patients with SLE (in particular antiphospholipid antibodies), the use of HRT in this population may be even more risky as the incidence of strokes, heart attacks, and blood clots is increased in general in women taking HRT. Unfortunately, definitive recommendations regarding the use of HRT in patients with SLE are not available. The results of the SELENA trial should provide evidence regarding the use of HRT in this population.

    Hypertriglyceridemia, pancreatitis

    In women with pre-existing hypertriglyceridemia, estrogen therapy may be associated with elevations of plasma triglycerides leading to pancreatitis. Consider discontinuation of estrogen treatment if pancreatitis occurs.

    Contact lenses, migraine, visual disturbance

    Retinal vascular thrombosis has been reported in women receiving estrogens. Any visual disturbance should be examined by an ophthalmologist. Discontinue the estrogen pending examination if there is sudden partial or complete loss of vision, or a sudden onset of proptosis, diplopia, or migraine with visual changes. If examination reveals papilledema or retinal vascular lesions, estrogens should be permanently discontinued. Estrogen therapy may cause an exacerbation of migraine or a change in headache patterns and should be used with caution in women with migraine. Patients who complain of migraine with focal neurologic visual changes should be evaluated, and in some patients, such changes may indicate cerebrovascular events. Estrogens can increase the curvature of the cornea and may lead to intolerance of contact lenses.

    Diabetes mellitus

    Patients with risk factors for arterial vascular disease (e.g., diabetes mellitus), which may increase the risk for thromboembolism, should be monitored and managed appropriately during estrogen therapy. Patients with diabetes mellitus should be observed for changes in glucose tolerance when initiating or discontinuing estrogen therapy, since estrogen therapy may exacerbate diabetes. Altered glucose tolerance secondary to decreased insulin sensitivity has been reported.

    Hypothyroidism, thyroid disease

    Use estrogens with caution in patients with thyroid disease, particularly hypothyroidism. Estrogens can increase thyroid-binding globulin (TBG) levels. Patients with normal thyroid function can compensate for the increased TBG by making more thyroid hormone, thus maintaining free T4 and T3 serum concentrations in the normal range. Patients dependent on thyroid hormone replacement therapy who are also receiving estrogens may require increased doses of their thyroid replacement therapy. These patients should have their thyroid function monitored in order to maintain their free thyroid hormone levels in an acceptable range.

    Asthma, renal disease, seizure disorder

    Because estrogens may cause fluid retention, conditions that might be affected by fluid retention, such as heart disease or renal disease, require careful observation. Estrogen therapy may also cause an exacerbation of asthma, seizure disorder, and hepatic hemangiomas in some patients and should be used with caution in women with these conditions.

    Depression

    Mood disorders, like depression, may be aggravated in women taking exogenous estrogens or progestins. Women with a history of depression may need special monitoring. If significant depression occurs, the hormone replacement therapy should be discontinued.

    Hypocalcemia, hypoparathyroidism

    Estrogen therapy should be used with caution in women with hypoparathyroidism as estrogen-induced hypocalcemia may occur.

    Dementia, geriatric

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), both estrogen/progestin combination therapy and estrogen alone therapy, has been found to fail to prevent mild cognitive impairment (memory loss) and to increase the risk of dementia in women 65 years and older. Administration of HRT should generally be avoided in women 65 years of age and older, and HRT should not be used to prevent or treat dementia or preserve cognition (memory). Overall risk vs. benefit should be considered along with the goals of use of HRT for the individual patient when considering whether to continue HRT in a geriatric woman over 65 years of age. According to the Beers Criteria, oral and topical patch forms of estrogens with or without progestins are considered potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) for use in geriatric patients and should be avoided due to evidence of carcinogenic potential (i.e., breast and endometrium) and lack of cardiovascular or cognitive protective effects in older women. According to the Beers Criteria, oral, topical patch, or other systemic forms of estrogens (with or without progestins), are considered potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) for use in geriatric patients and should be avoided due to evidence of carcinogenic potential (i.e., breast and endometrium) and lack of cardiovascular or cognitive protective effects in older women. Additionally, the Beers expert panel recommends avoiding oral or transdermal estrogen in elderly women with any type of urinary incontinence due to lack of efficacy. The Beers expert panel considers use of vaginal estrogens acceptable for the management of dyspareunia, recurrent lower urinary tract infections, and other vaginal/vulvar symptoms.

    Children, infants, neonates

    The safety and efficacy of estrogens have not been established in neonates, infants or children. Estrogens are not indicated in children because estrogens promote epiphysial closure. In young children, overdose of estrogens have not been reported to cause serious ill effects. However, nausea is common. Vaginal withdrawal bleeding may occur in female children exposed to estrogens in large doses. Estrogen therapy has been used for the induction of puberty in adolescents with some forms of pubertal delay; however, if estrogen is administered to adolescent patients whose bone growth is not complete, these patients should be monitored periodically for bone maturation and effects on epiphyseal centers. Premarin vaginal cream contains benzyl alcohol; inadvertent exposure to benzyl alcohol is associated with 'gasping syndrome' in neonates.

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Severe

    biliary obstruction / Delayed / 0-5.0
    cholecystitis / Delayed / 0-5.0
    erythema nodosum / Delayed / 0-5.0
    retinal thrombosis / Delayed / 0-5.0
    pancreatitis / Delayed / 0-1.0
    erythema multiforme / Delayed / 0-1.0
    bowel ischemia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    stroke / Early / Incidence not known
    myocardial infarction / Delayed / Incidence not known
    thrombosis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    thromboembolism / Delayed / Incidence not known
    pulmonary embolism / Delayed / Incidence not known
    papilledema / Delayed / Incidence not known
    visual impairment / Early / Incidence not known
    teratogenesis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    bronchospasm / Rapid / Incidence not known
    angioedema / Rapid / Incidence not known
    anaphylactoid reactions / Rapid / Incidence not known
    new primary malignancy / Delayed / Incidence not known
    endometrial cancer / Delayed / Incidence not known
    breast cancer / Delayed / Incidence not known
    ovarian cancer / Delayed / Incidence not known
    dementia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    porphyria / Delayed / Incidence not known

    Moderate

    endometrial hyperplasia / Delayed / 1.0-10.0
    vaginitis / Delayed / 4.2-7.0
    depression / Delayed / 5.0-7.0
    candidiasis / Delayed / 5.0-6.0
    cervical dysplasia / Delayed / 0-5.0
    galactorrhea / Delayed / 0-5.0
    cholelithiasis / Delayed / 0-5.0
    cholestasis / Delayed / 0-5.0
    jaundice / Delayed / 0-5.0
    hypertriglyceridemia / Delayed / 0-5.0
    hypertension / Early / 0-5.0
    fluid retention / Delayed / 0-5.0
    edema / Delayed / 0-5.0
    peripheral vasodilation / Rapid / 3.0-5.0
    hyperglycemia / Delayed / 0-5.0
    elevated hepatic enzymes / Delayed / 0-1.0
    peliosis hepatis / Delayed / 0-1.0
    hepatitis / Delayed / 0-1.0
    vaginal bleeding / Delayed / Incidence not known
    colitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    migraine / Early / Incidence not known
    urinary incontinence / Early / Incidence not known
    hypocalcemia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hypercalcemia / Delayed / Incidence not known

    Mild

    breakthrough bleeding / Delayed / 2.0-14.0
    mastalgia / Delayed / 0-14.0
    arthralgia / Delayed / 3.5-14.0
    back pain / Delayed / 13.0-14.0
    nausea / Early / 6.0-12.0
    dyspepsia / Early / 9.0-11.0
    pelvic pain / Delayed / 1.0-10.0
    myalgia / Early / 5.0-9.0
    dysmenorrhea / Delayed / 1.0-8.0
    asthenia / Delayed / 1.4-8.0
    fatigue / Early / 1.4-8.0
    leukorrhea / Delayed / 3.0-7.0
    vaginal discharge / Delayed / 3.0-7.0
    flatulence / Early / 4.0-7.0
    diarrhea / Early / 0-7.0
    insomnia / Early / 2.9-7.0
    dizziness / Early / 1.0-7.0
    muscle cramps / Delayed / 3.0-7.0
    paresthesias / Delayed / 0-6.0
    libido increase / Delayed / 0-5.0
    vaginal irritation / Early / 0-5.0
    breast discharge / Delayed / 0-5.0
    breast enlargement / Delayed / 0-5.0
    vomiting / Early / 0-5.0
    abdominal pain / Early / 0-5.0
    weight gain / Delayed / 0-5.0
    emotional lability / Early / 0-5.0
    anxiety / Delayed / 2.0-5.0
    irritability / Delayed / 0-5.0
    acneiform rash / Delayed / 0-5.0
    pruritus / Rapid / 0-5.0
    melasma / Delayed / 0-5.0
    injection site reaction / Rapid / 0-5.0
    acne vulgaris / Delayed / 0-5.0
    rash / Early / 0-5.0
    alopecia / Delayed / 0-5.0
    hirsutism / Delayed / 0-5.0
    urticaria / Rapid / 0-5.0
    libido decrease / Delayed / 0-1.0
    amenorrhea / Delayed / 10.0
    headache / Early / 5.0
    gynecomastia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    diplopia / Early / Incidence not known
    gingivitis / Delayed / Incidence not known

    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    Acarbose: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Acetaminophen; Propoxyphene: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as propoxyphene may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Albiglutide: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Alogliptin; Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitors: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Amiodarone: (Minor) Amiodarone inhibits CYP3A4, and may increase serum estrogen concentrations and estrogenic-related side effects (e.g., nausea, breast tenderness) if coadministered.
    Amoxicillin; Clarithromycin; Lansoprazole: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as clarithromycin may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea, breast tenderness, and endometrial hyperplasia. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events. In addition, when chronically coadministering clarithromycin (> 30 days) with conjugated estrogens; bazedoxifene, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding.
    Amoxicillin; Clarithromycin; Omeprazole: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as clarithromycin may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea, breast tenderness, and endometrial hyperplasia. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events. In addition, when chronically coadministering clarithromycin (> 30 days) with conjugated estrogens; bazedoxifene, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding.
    Amprenavir: (Severe) Amprenavir may interact with most estrogens and progestins. Oral contraceptives in particular should not be coadministered with amprenavir. Oral contraceptives have been shown to decrease the serum concentrations of amprenavir, which could lead to loss of virologic response and possible viral resistance to amprenavir. Alternative methods of non-hormonal contraception are recommended if amprenavir is prescribed.
    Anastrozole: (Severe) Estrogen therapy is not recommended during aromatase inhibitor treatment, due to opposing pharmacologic actions. Estrogens, including those found in hormonal contraceptives, could interfere competitively with the pharmacologic action of the aromatase inhibitors such as Anastrozole. The goal of aromatase inhibitor therapy is to decrease circulating estrogen concentrations and inhibit the growth of hormonally-responsive cancers. Aromatase inhibitors exhibit their antiestrogenic effects by reducing the peripheral conversion of adrenally synthesized androgens (e.g., androstenedione) to estrogens through inhibition of the aromatase enzyme.
    Aprepitant, Fosaprepitant: (Major) If aprepitant, fosaprepitant is coadministered with hormonal contraceptives, including hormonal contraceptive devices (skin patches, implants, and hormonal IUDs), use an alternative or back-up non-hormonal method of contraception (e.g., condoms, spermicides) during treatment and for at least 1 month following the last dose of aprepitant, fosaprepitant. The efficacy of conjugated estrogens may be reduced when coadministered with aprepitant, fosaprepitant and for 28 days after the last dose. The exact mechanism for this interaction has not been described. Ethinyl estradiol is a CYP3A4 substrate and aprepitant, fosaprepitant is a CYP3A4 inducer; however, aprepitant, fosaprepitant is also a dose-dependent weak-to-moderate CYP3A4 inhibitor. When administered as an oral 3-day regimen (125mg/80mg/80mg) in combination with ondansetron and dexamethasone, aprepitant decreased trough concentrations of ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone by up to 64% for 3 weeks post-treatment. When ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate were administered on days 1 to 21 and aprepitant (40mg) give as a single dose on day 8, the AUC of ethinyl estradiol decreased by 4% on day 8 and by 29% on day 12; the AUC of norelgestromin increased by 18% on day 8, and decreased by 10% on day 12. Trough concentrations of both ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin were generally lower after coadministration of aprepitant (40mg) on day 8 compared to administration without aprepitant. Specific studies have not been done with other hormonal contraceptives (e.g., progestins, non-oral combination contraceptives), an alternative or additional non-hormonal method of birth control during treatment and for 28 days after treatment is prudent to avoid potential for contraceptive failure. Additionally, although not specifically studied, because estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates, the efficacy of estrogens or progestins when used for hormone replacement may also be reduced. The clinical significance of this is not known since aprepitant, fosaprepitant is only used intermittently.
    Atazanavir: (Moderate) Atazanavir has been shown to decrease the metabolism of ethinyl estradiol; a similar interaction may occur with other estrogens used for hormone replacement therapy. Patients should be instructed to report any estrogen- related adverse events.
    Atazanavir; Cobicistat: (Moderate) Atazanavir has been shown to decrease the metabolism of ethinyl estradiol; a similar interaction may occur with other estrogens used for hormone replacement therapy. Patients should be instructed to report any estrogen- related adverse events.
    Atracurium: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Azelastine; Fluticasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Barbiturates: (Major) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of estrogens and progestins. As a result, the effectiveness of oral contraceptives or other hormonal contraceptives can be lost. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen or progestin containing contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). It may be prudent to use an additional contraceptive method to protect against unwanted pregnancy. For patients taking estrogens for other indications, like hormone replacement, a higher dose of estrogen may be required during barbiturate therapy.
    Beclomethasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Betamethasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Bexarotene: (Moderate) Bexarotene capsules may theoretically increase the rate of metabolism and reduce plasma concentrations of substrates metabolized by CYP3A4, including estrogens. It is recommended that two reliable forms of contraception be used simultaneously, unless abstinence is the chosen method, during oral bexarotene therapy. Because of the potential interaction with hormonal contraceptives, it is strongly recommended that one of the forms of contraception be non-hormonal. Additionally, because of possible CYP3A4 induction, bexarotene may also decrease the efficacy of hormones used for hormone replacement therapy. Patients receiving estrogens or progestins should report any breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers.
    Bosentan: (Major) Hormonal contraceptives should not be used as the sole method to prevent pregnancy in patients receiving bosentan. There is a possibility of contraceptive failure when bosentan is coadministered with products containing estrogens and/or progestins. Bosentan is teratogenic. To prevent pregnancy, females of reproductive potential must use 2 acceptable contraception methods during treatment and for 1 month after discontinuation of bosentan therapy. The patient may choose 1 highly effective contraceptive form, including an intrauterine device (IUD) or tubal sterilization, a combination of a hormonal contraceptive with a barrier method, or 2 barrier methods. If a male partner's vasectomy is chosen as a method of contraception, a hormonal or barrier method must still be used by the female patient. Hormonal contraceptives, including oral contraceptives or non-oral combination contraceptives (injectable, transdermal, and implantable contraceptives) may not be reliably effective in the presence of bosentan, since many contraceptive drugs are metabolized by CYP3A4 isoenzymes and bosentan is a significant inducer of CYP3A enzymes. Decreases in hormonal exposure have been documented in drug interaction studies of bosentan with hormonal contraception. Additionally, estrogens and progestins used for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may also be less effective; patients should be monitored for changes in efficacy such as breakthrough bleeding or an increase in hot flashes. Dosage adjustments may be necessary.
    Bromocriptine: (Minor) Bromocriptine is used to restore ovulation and ovarian function in amenorrheic women. Estrogens and progestins can cause amenorrhea and, therefore, counteract the desired effects of bromocriptine. Concurrent use is not recommended; an alternate form of contraception is recommended during bromocriptine therapy.
    Budesonide: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Budesonide; Formoterol: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Calcium: (Minor) Estrogens can increase calcium absorption. Use caution in patients predisposed to hypercalcemia or nephrolithiasis.
    Canagliflozin: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Canagliflozin; Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis. (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Carbamazepine: (Major) Concurrent administration of estrogens with carbamazepine may reduce plasma estrogen concentrations and therefore reduce the clinical efficacy of estrogen products. If an estrogen-containing product is being used for contraception, consider an alternate or additional form of contraception; unintended pregnancy has occurred in women who relied on hormonal contraceptives and received carbamazepine. The alternative contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of carbamazepine. Women taking estrogen for hormone replacement may require a dosage adjustment. Women taking estrogen products for any indication and carbamazepine should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescriber. Estrogens are metabolized by CYP3A4, and carbamazepine is a potent CYP3A4 inducer. Additionally, patients taking both anticonvulsants and estrogen may be at higher risk of folate deficiency secondary to additive effects on folate metabolism. If contraceptive failure occurs, the additive effects could potentially heighten the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus.
    Chenodiol: (Minor) Estrogens and combination hormonal oral contraceptives increase hepatic cholesterol secretion, and encourage cholesterol gallstone formation and hence may theoretically counteract the effectiveness of chenodiol.
    Chloramphenicol: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as chloramphenicol may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Ciclesonide: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Cimetidine: (Minor) Cimetidine has been reported to reduce the hepatic clearance of endogenous estradiol. The clinical significance of cimetidine's action on exogenous estrogens, like oral contraceptives, is uncertain. Patients who ingest cimetidine might experience an increase in certain estrogen-related side effects.
    Cisatracurium: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Clarithromycin: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as clarithromycin may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea, breast tenderness, and endometrial hyperplasia. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events. In addition, when chronically coadministering clarithromycin (> 30 days) with conjugated estrogens; bazedoxifene, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding.
    Clobazam: (Moderate) Concurrent administration of clobazam, a weak CYP3A4 inducer, with estrogens, may increase the elimination of these hormones. Patients may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on clobazam, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy.
    Conivaptan: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as conivaptan may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Corticosteroids: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Corticotropin, ACTH: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Cortisone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Cosyntropin: (Minor) Use cosyntropin cautiously in patients taking estrogens as these patients may exhibit abnormally high basal plasma cortisol concentrations and a decreased response to the test.
    Cyclosporine: (Moderate) Estrogens in oral contraceptives or non-oral combination contraceptives may inhibit the metabolism of cyclosporine. Delayed cyclosporine clearance can increase cyclosporine concentrations. Additionally, estrogens are metabolized by CYP3A4; cyclosporine inhibits CYP3A4 and may increase estrogen concentrations and estrogen-related side effects. The patient's cyclosporine concentrations should be monitored closely; monitor clinical status including blood pressure and renal and hepatic function. Be alert for complaints of estrogen-related side effects (e.g., nausea, fluid retention, breast tenderness).
    Dalfopristin; Quinupristin: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as dalfopristin; quinupristin may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Danazol: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as danazol may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Dantrolene: (Moderate) Concomitant use of dantrolene and estrogens may increase the risk of developing hepatotoxicity. While a definite drug interaction with dantrolene and estrogen therapy has not yet been established, caution should be observed if the two drugs are to be given concomitantly. Hepatotoxicity has occurred more often, for example, in women over 35 years of age receiving concomitant estrogen therapy.
    Dapagliflozin: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Dapagliflozin; Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis. (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Dapagliflozin; Saxagliptin: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Darunavir: (Moderate) Darunavir increases the metabolism of estrogens. Women using estrogens for hormone replacement therapy should be monitored for signs of estrogen deficiency. Patients should be instructed to report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Darunavir; Cobicistat: (Moderate) Darunavir increases the metabolism of estrogens. Women using estrogens for hormone replacement therapy should be monitored for signs of estrogen deficiency. Patients should be instructed to report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Darunavir; Cobicistat; Emtricitabine; Tenofovir alafenamide: (Moderate) Darunavir increases the metabolism of estrogens. Women using estrogens for hormone replacement therapy should be monitored for signs of estrogen deficiency. Patients should be instructed to report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Dasabuvir; Ombitasvir; Paritaprevir; Ritonavir: (Moderate) In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that estrogens are metabolized partially by CYP3A4. Inhibitors of CYP3A4, such as ritonavir, may increase the exposure of conjugated estrogens resulting in an increased risk of estrogen-related side effects or endometrial hyperplasia. Therefore, when chronically coadministering ritonavir (more than 30 days) with conjugated estrogens, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding. Patients should report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Deflazacort: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Delavirdine: (Severe) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as delavirdine may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Dexamethasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Diltiazem: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as diltiazem may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 Inhibitors: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Doxacurium: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Dulaglutide: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Duloxetine: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as duloxetine may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Efavirenz: (Moderate) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Efavirenz induces CYP3A4 and, therefore, may decrease plasma concentrations of estrogens. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for a decrease in estrogen efficacy when coadministered with efavirenz.
    Efavirenz; Emtricitabine; Tenofovir: (Moderate) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Efavirenz induces CYP3A4 and, therefore, may decrease plasma concentrations of estrogens. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for a decrease in estrogen efficacy when coadministered with efavirenz.
    Efavirenz; Lamivudine; Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate: (Moderate) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Efavirenz induces CYP3A4 and, therefore, may decrease plasma concentrations of estrogens. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for a decrease in estrogen efficacy when coadministered with efavirenz.
    Empagliflozin: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Empagliflozin; Linagliptin: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Empagliflozin; Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis. (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Ertugliflozin: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Ertugliflozin; Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis. (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Ertugliflozin; Sitagliptin: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Erythromycin: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as erythromycin may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea, breast tenderness, and endometrial hyperplasia. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events. In addition, when chronically coadministering erythromycin ( > 30 days) with conjugated estrogens; bazedoxifene, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding.
    Erythromycin; Sulfisoxazole: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as erythromycin may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea, breast tenderness, and endometrial hyperplasia. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events. In addition, when chronically coadministering erythromycin ( > 30 days) with conjugated estrogens; bazedoxifene, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding.
    Exemestane: (Major) Estrogens, including hormonal contraceptives, could interfere competitively with the pharmacologic action of the aromatase inhibitors. The goal of aromatase inhibitor therapy is to decrease circulating estrogen concentrations and inhibit the growth of hormonally-responsive cancers. Estrogen therapy is not recommended during aromatase inhibitor treatment, due to opposing pharmacologic actions. Aromatase inhibitors (e.g., aminoglutethimide, anastrozole, exemestane, letrozole, testolactone, vorozole) exhibit their antiestrogenic effects by reducing the peripheral conversion of adrenally synthesized androgens (e.g., androstenedione) to estrogens through inhibition of the aromatase enzyme.
    Exenatide: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Felbamate: (Major) Estrogens and progestins are both susceptible to drug interactions with hepatic enzyme inducing drugs. Estrogens are metabolized by CYP3A4. Anticonvulsants that stimulate the activity of this enzyme include: barbiturates (including primidone), carbamazepine, felbamate, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin or fosphenytoin (and possibly ethotoin), and topiramate. The anticonvulsants mentioned may cause oral contraceptive failure, especially when low-dose estrogen regimens (e.g., ethinyl estradiol is < 50 mcg/day) are used. Epileptic women taking both anticonvulsants and OCs may be at higher risk of folate deficiency secondary to additive effects on folate metabolism and the higher risk for oral contraceptive failure. During oral contraceptive failure, the additive effects could potentially heighten the risk of neural tube defects in pregnancy. Women on OCs and enzyme-inducing anticonvulsant medications concurrently should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. Oral contraceptive formulations containing higher dosages of ethinyl estradiol (i.e., 50 mcg ethinyl estradiol) may be needed to increase contraceptive efficacy. It may be prudent for some women who receive OCs concurrently with enzyme-inducing anticonvulsants to use an additional contraceptive method to protect against unwanted pregnancy. Higher dosages of oral contraceptives (e.g., ethinyl estradiol >= 50 mcg/day) or a second contraceptive method are typically suggested if women use an enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic drug or a barbiturate. Proper intake of folic acid should also be ensured.
    Fludrocortisone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Flunisolide: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Fluoxetine: (Moderate) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as fluoxetine may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Fluoxetine; Olanzapine: (Moderate) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as fluoxetine may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Fluticasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Fluticasone; Salmeterol: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Fluticasone; Umeclidinium; Vilanterol: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Fluticasone; Vilanterol: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Formoterol; Mometasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Fosamprenavir: (Major) Fosamprenavir should not be administered with oral contraceptives due to the risk of clinically significant hepatic transaminase elevations; a similar response could be expected with HRT. Additionally, hormonal contraceptives, estrogens, and progestins may decrease the serum concentrations of fosamprenavir's active metabolite, amprenavir, which could lead to loss of virologic response and possible viral resistance. If these drugs are used together, carefully monitor the patient for adverse hepatic effects, decreased virologic response, and viral resistance.
    Glipizide; Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Glyburide; Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Grapefruit juice: (Minor) Grapefruit juice has been reported to decrease the metabolism of some estrogens. Grapefruit juice contains a compound that inhibits CYP3A4 in enterocytes. Estrogen levels may increase by up to 30 percent with chronic use. The clinical significance of the interaction is unknown. It is possible that estrogen induced side effects could be increased in some individuals. Patients should be advised to not significantly alter their grapefruit juice ingestion.When chronically ingesting any CYP3A4 inhibitor ( > 30 days) with estrogens, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding.
    Griseofulvin: (Moderate) Concomitant use of griseofulvin and oral contraceptives has been reported to reduce the efficacy of the oral contraceptive and cause breakthrough bleeding. Patients who experience breakthrough bleeding while receiving these drugs together should notify their prescribers. An alternate or additional form of contraception should be used during concomitant treatment and should be continued for 1 month after griseofulvin discontinuation. Additionally, patients taking non-oral combination contraceptives, estrogens, or progestins for hormone replacement therapy may also experience reduced clinical efficacy; dosage adjustments may be necessary.
    Hemin: (Moderate) Hemin works by inhibiting aminolevulinic acid synthetase. Estrogens increase the activity of this enzyme should not be used with hemin.
    Hyaluronidase, Recombinant; Immune Globulin: (Minor) Estrogens, when given in large systemic doses, may render tissues partially resistant to the action of hyaluronidase. Patients receiving these medications may require larger amounts of hyaluronidase for equivalent dispersing effect.
    Hyaluronidase: (Minor) Estrogens, when given in large systemic doses, may render tissues partially resistant to the action of hyaluronidase. Patients receiving these medications may require larger amounts of hyaluronidase for equivalent dispersing effect.
    Hydantoins: (Moderate) Drugs that can induce hepatic enzymes can accelerate the rate of metabolism of hormones including hormonal contraceptives. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with estrogens, oral contraceptives, non-oral combination contraceptives, or progestins in patients receiving phenytoin concurrently. A similar interaction may be expected with other hydantoin anticonvulsants (i.e., fosphenytoin and ethotoin). Women taking both hormones and hepatic enzyme-inducing drugs should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. An alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed concomitant therapy with enzyme-inducing anticonvulsants, or higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for one month after discontinuation of the interacting medication. Additionally, epileptic women taking both anticonvulsants and OCs may be at higher risk of folate deficiency secondary to additive effects on folate metabolism; if oral contraceptive failure occurs, the additive effects could potentially heighten the risk of neural tube defects in pregnancy. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on a hydantoin anticonvulsant, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy.
    Hydralazine: (Minor) The administration of estrogens can increase fluid retention, which increases blood pressure, thereby antagonizing the antihypertensive effects of hydralazine.
    Hydralazine; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Minor) The administration of estrogens can increase fluid retention, which increases blood pressure, thereby antagonizing the antihypertensive effects of hydralazine.
    Hydralazine; Isosorbide Dinitrate, ISDN: (Minor) The administration of estrogens can increase fluid retention, which increases blood pressure, thereby antagonizing the antihypertensive effects of hydralazine.
    Hydrocortisone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Icosapent ethyl: (Moderate) Estrogens may exacerbate hypertriglyceridemia and should be discontinued or changed to alternate therapy, if possible, prior to initiation of icosapent ethyl.
    Imatinib: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as imatinib, STI-571 may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Incretin Mimetics: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Indinavir: (Moderate) Indinavir has been shown to decrease the metabolism of ethinyl estradiol; a similar interaction may occur with other estrogens used for hormone replacement therapy. Patients should be instructed to report any estrogen- related adverse events.
    Insulin Degludec; Liraglutide: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Insulin Glargine; Lixisenatide: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Insulins: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Itraconazole: (Minor) In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that estrogens are metabolized partially by CYP3A4. Therefore, inhibitors of CYP3A4 may affect estrogen drug metabolism. Inhibitors of CYP3A4, such as itraconazole, may increase the exposure of conjugated estrogens resulting in an increased risk of endometrial hyperplasia. Therefore, for chronically administered CYP3A4 inhibitors ( > 30 days) concurrently administered with conjugated estrogens, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding.
    Ketoconazole: (Minor) In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that estrogens are metabolized partially by CYP3A4. Therefore, inhibitors of CYP3A4 may affect estrogen drug metabolism. Inhibitors of CYP3A4, such as ketoconazole, may increase the exposure of conjugated estrogens resulting in an increased risk of endometrial hyperplasia. Therefore, for chronically administered CYP3A4 inhibitors ( > 30 days) concurrently administered with conjugated estrogens, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding.
    Lenalidomide: (Moderate) Concomitant use of lenalidomide with estrogens may increase the risk of thrombosis in patients with multiple myeloma patients who are also receiving dexamethasone. Use lenalidomide and estrogen-containing agents with caution in these patients. Monitor for signs of thromboembolism (e.g., deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction, stroke) and encourage patients to report symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or arm or leg swelling.
    Letrozole: (Severe) Estrogens, including hormonal contraceptives, could interfere competitively with the pharmacologic action of the aromatase inhibitors. The goal of aromatase inhibitor therapy is to decrease circulating estrogen concentrations and inhibit the growth of hormonally-responsive cancers. Estrogen therapy is not recommended during aromatase inhibitor treatment, due to opposing pharmacologic actions. Aromatase inhibitors (e.g., aminoglutethimide, anastrozole, exemestane, letrozole, testolactone, vorozole) exhibit their antiestrogenic effects by reducing the peripheral conversion of adrenally synthesized androgens (e.g., androstenedione) to estrogens through inhibition of the aromatase enzyme.
    Levothyroxine: (Minor) The administration of estrogens can increase circulating concentrations of thyroxine-binding globulin. Increased amounts of thyroxine-binding globulin may result in a reduced clinical response to thyroid hormones. Some hypothyroid patients on estrogen may require larger doses of thyroid hormones.
    Levothyroxine; Liothyronine (Porcine): (Minor) The administration of estrogens can increase circulating concentrations of thyroxine-binding globulin. Increased amounts of thyroxine-binding globulin may result in a reduced clinical response to thyroid hormones. Some hypothyroid patients on estrogen may require larger doses of thyroid hormones.
    Levothyroxine; Liothyronine (Synthetic): (Minor) The administration of estrogens can increase circulating concentrations of thyroxine-binding globulin. Increased amounts of thyroxine-binding globulin may result in a reduced clinical response to thyroid hormones. Some hypothyroid patients on estrogen may require larger doses of thyroid hormones.
    Linagliptin; Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Liothyronine: (Minor) The administration of estrogens can increase circulating concentrations of thyroxine-binding globulin. Increased amounts of thyroxine-binding globulin may result in a reduced clinical response to thyroid hormones. Some hypothyroid patients on estrogen may require larger doses of thyroid hormones.
    Liraglutide: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Lixisenatide: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Lopinavir; Ritonavir: (Moderate) In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that estrogens are metabolized partially by CYP3A4. Inhibitors of CYP3A4, such as lopinavir; ritonavir, may increase the exposure of conjugated estrogens resulting in an increased risk of estrogen-related side effects or endometrial hyperplasia. Therefore, when chronically coadministering lopinavir; ritonavir (more than 30 days) with conjugated estrogens, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding. Patients should report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers. (Moderate) In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that estrogens are metabolized partially by CYP3A4. Inhibitors of CYP3A4, such as ritonavir, may increase the exposure of conjugated estrogens resulting in an increased risk of estrogen-related side effects or endometrial hyperplasia. Therefore, when chronically coadministering ritonavir (more than 30 days) with conjugated estrogens, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding. Patients should report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Lorlatinib: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and lorlatinib should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed lorlatinib. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of lorlatinib. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on lorlatinib, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Ethinyl estradiol is a CYP3A4 substrate and lorlatinib is a moderate CYP3A4 inducer. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination.
    Meglitinides: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Melatonin: (Moderate) Caution should be exercised when using melatonin in patients taking estrogens (i.e., combined oral contraceptives, non-oral combination contraceptives or estrogen for hormone replacement therapy), which increase melatonin levels by inhibiting melatonin metabolism via CYP1A1 and CYP1A2.
    Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Metformin; Pioglitazone: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Metformin; Repaglinide: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Metformin; Rosiglitazone: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Metformin; Saxagliptin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Metformin; Sitagliptin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Methylprednisolone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Metreleptin: (Moderate) Carefully consider the risks and benefits of coadministration before giving metreleptin and oral contraceptives concomitantly; the precise effect of metreleptin on hormone metabolism is not known. Leptin is a cytokine and may have the potential to alter the formation of cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzymes. The effect of metreleptin on CYP450 enzymes may be clinically relevant for CYP450 substrates with a narrow therapeutic index.
    Metyrapone: (Moderate) A subtherapeutic response to metyrapone can be seen in patients on estrogen therapy. When metapyrone is used as a diagnostic drug for testing hypothalamic-pituitary ACTH function, the effect of estrogen may need to be considered, or, another diagnostic test chosen. If possible, consider discontinuing the use of estrogen prior to and during testing. During use for Cushing's syndrome, estrogen therapy may increase cortisol levels, which may attenuate the response to metyrapone treatment. Monitor for evidence of clinical response to treatment, and adjust treatment as clinically indicated.
    Mifepristone: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as mifepristone may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Miglitol: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Mineral Oil: (Minor) While information regarding this interaction is limited, it appears that the simultaneous oral administration of estrogens and mineral oil may decrease the oral absorption of the estrogens, resulting in lower estrogen plasma concentrations. This interaction may be more likely with the chronic administration of mineral oil, as opposed to a single dose of mineral oil used for occasional constipation. In order to avoid an interaction, it would be prudent to separate administration times, giving estrogens 1 hour before or 2 hours after the oral administration of mineral oil.
    Minoxidil: (Minor) Estrogens can cause fluid retention, increasing blood pressure and thereby antagonizing the antihypertensive effects of minoxidil.
    Mivacurium: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Modafinil: (Moderate) Modafinil is an inducer of CYP3A hepatic enzymes. Estrogens are metabolized by CYP3A4. A decrease in estrogen concentrations, and thus efficacy, may occur in patients taking estrogens for hormone replacement therapy. If these drugs are used together, monitor patients for a decrease in clinical effects. Dosage adjustments may be necessary.
    Mometasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Nefazodone: (Minor) Nefazodone inhibits the hepatic CYP3A4 isoenzyme. Estrogenic-related side effects, such as nausea and breast tenderness, may potentially increase when nefazodone is co-administered with either estrogens or combined hormonal contraceptives, including oral contraceptives. An interaction has been reported clinically, but more study is needed to determine the clinical significance of this interaction in the general population.
    Nelfinavir: (Moderate) Nelfinavir has been shown to increase the metabolism of ethinyl estradiol; a similar interaction may occur with other estrogens used for hormone replacement therapy. Patients should report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Neuromuscular blockers: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Nevirapine: (Moderate) Nevirapine may decrease plasma concentrations of oral contraceptives and non-oral combination contraceptives (i.e., ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone). However despite lower exposures, literature suggests that use of nevirapine has no effect on pregnancy rates among HIV-infected women on combined oral contraceptives. Thus, the manufacturer states that no dose adjustments are needed when these drugs are used for contraception in combination with nevirapine. When these oral contraceptives are used for hormone replacement and given with nevirapine, the therapeutic effect of the hormonal therapy should be monitored.
    Nitroprusside: (Minor) The administration of estrogens may increase blood pressure, and thereby antagonizing the antihypertensive effects of nitroprusside.
    Ombitasvir; Paritaprevir; Ritonavir: (Moderate) In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that estrogens are metabolized partially by CYP3A4. Inhibitors of CYP3A4, such as ritonavir, may increase the exposure of conjugated estrogens resulting in an increased risk of estrogen-related side effects or endometrial hyperplasia. Therefore, when chronically coadministering ritonavir (more than 30 days) with conjugated estrogens, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding. Patients should report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Ospemifene: (Major) Ospemifene should not be used concomitantly with estrogens. The safety of concomitant use of ospemifene with estrogens or estrogen agonists/antagonists has not been studied.
    Oxcarbazepine: (Moderate) Estrogens are susceptible to drug interactions with hepatic enzyme inducing drugs such as oxcarbazepine. Concurrent administration of oxcarbazepine with estrogens, oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives, progestins may increase the hormone's elimination. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on oxcarbazepine, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy.
    Pancuronium: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Phentermine; Topiramate: (Major) Topiramate can increase the clearance of estrogens and compromise the efficacy of estrogens used as hormone replacement therapies or contraceptives. Patients taking oral contraceptives, non-oral combination contraceptives, or progestions for contraception or patients taking estrogens or progestins for hormone replacement therapy should report changes in their bleeding patterns to their prescribers. Reduced contraceptive efficacy can occur even in the absence of breakthrough bleeding. Dosages of the products may need adjustment; the manufacturer of topiramate recommends that an oral contraceptive containing 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol be used. Different or additional forms of contraception may also be needed.
    Pramlintide: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Prasterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA (Dietary Supplements): (Moderate) Either additive or antagonistic effects could potentially occur if prasterone is combined with estrogen therapy.
    Prasterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA (FDA-approved): (Moderate) Either additive or antagonistic effects could potentially occur if prasterone is combined with estrogen therapy.
    Prednisolone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Prednisone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Propoxyphene: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as propoxyphene may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Raloxifene: (Major) The concurrent use of raloxifene and systemic estrogens or other hormone replacement therapy has not been studied in prospective clinical trials. Thus, concomitant use of raloxifene with systemic estrogens is not recommended.
    Rapacuronium: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Ribociclib; Letrozole: (Severe) Estrogens, including hormonal contraceptives, could interfere competitively with the pharmacologic action of the aromatase inhibitors. The goal of aromatase inhibitor therapy is to decrease circulating estrogen concentrations and inhibit the growth of hormonally-responsive cancers. Estrogen therapy is not recommended during aromatase inhibitor treatment, due to opposing pharmacologic actions. Aromatase inhibitors (e.g., aminoglutethimide, anastrozole, exemestane, letrozole, testolactone, vorozole) exhibit their antiestrogenic effects by reducing the peripheral conversion of adrenally synthesized androgens (e.g., androstenedione) to estrogens through inhibition of the aromatase enzyme.
    Rifamycins: (Major) Estrogens are susceptible to drug interactions with hepatic enzyme inducing drugs such as rifampin, rifabutin, or rifapentine. Concurrent administration of these drugs with estrogens, oral contraceptives, non-oral combination contraceptives, or progestins may increase the hormone's elimination. In addition, free estrogen-hormone concentrations are decreased because rifampin increases estrogenic protein binding ability. Additionally, like other anti-infectives, rifampin indirectly inhibits the enterohepatic recirculation of estrogen through disruption of GI flora growth. Women taking both hormones and any of these drugs should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers; it is estimated that 70% of women taking oral contraceptives and rifampin experience menstrual abnormalities, and 6% become pregnant. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed rifampin, rifabutin, or rifapentine. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of the interacting medication. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on rifampin, rifabutin, or rifapentine, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy.
    Ritonavir: (Moderate) In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that estrogens are metabolized partially by CYP3A4. Inhibitors of CYP3A4, such as ritonavir, may increase the exposure of conjugated estrogens resulting in an increased risk of estrogen-related side effects or endometrial hyperplasia. Therefore, when chronically coadministering ritonavir (more than 30 days) with conjugated estrogens, adequate diagnostic measures, including directed or random endometrial sampling when indicated by signs and symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia, should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding. Patients should report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Rituximab; Hyaluronidase: (Minor) Estrogens, when given in large systemic doses, may render tissues partially resistant to the action of hyaluronidase. Patients receiving these medications may require larger amounts of hyaluronidase for equivalent dispersing effect.
    Rocuronium: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Ropinirole: (Minor) Estrogens reduce the oral clearance of ropinirole by 36 percent. Dosage adjustment may not be needed for ropinirole in patients on estrogen therapy because patients must be carefully titrated with ropinirole to tolerance or adequate effect. However, if estrogen therapy is stopped or started during treatment with ropinirole, then adjustment of the ropinirole dose may be required.
    Saquinavir: (Moderate) Saquinavir has been shown to increase the metabolism of ethinyl estradiol; a similar interaction may occur with other estrogens used for hormone replacement therapy. Patients should report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Semaglutide: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    SGLT2 Inhibitors: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Somatropin, rh-GH: (Moderate) Somatropin can induce the activity of cytochrome-mediated metabolism of antipyrine clearance. Because estrogens are also metabolized in this way, somatropin may alter the metabolism of estrogens. In addition, growth-hormone deficient women also treated with estrogen replacement therapy require substantially more somatropin therapy to obtain comparable effects when compared to women not taking estrogen. Patients should be monitored for changes in efficacy of either drug when somatropin and estrogens are coadministered.
    Soy Isoflavones: (Moderate) Theoretically, the soy isoflavones may compete with or have additive effects with, drugs that have estrogenic activity or which selectively modulate estrogen receptors. The soy isoflavones have a diphenolic structure similar to that of the potent synthetic and natural estrogens. All isoflavones are competitive ligands of in vitro estrogen receptor assays and appear to function as selective estrogen receptor modifiers (SERMs). However, the estrogenic potencies of the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzein are much weaker than that of native estradiol. Soy isoflavones should be used with caution in patients taking estrogens, including combined hormonal and oral contraceptives, since the effects of combining soy isoflavone dietary supplements with estrogens are not clear.
    St. John's Wort, Hypericum perforatum: (Moderate) In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that estrogens are metabolized partially by cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4). Inducers of CYP3A4, such as St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) preparations, may reduce plasma concentrations of estrogens, possibly resulting in a decrease in therapeutic effects and/or changes in the uterine bleeding profile. One report noted intermenstrual bleeding after the concurrent use of St. John's wort in 8 premenstrual women who had been on oral contraceptives for long durations of time. Intermenstrual bleeding implies that there may be a loss of contraceptive or hormonal-replacement efficacy. The interaction has reportedly occurred within 1 week of beginning St. John's wort in five of the cases. In 3 patients for whom follow-up was available, the discontinuation of St. John's wort resolved the bleeding abnormalities. Women should report irregular menstrual bleeding or other hormone-related symptoms to their health care providers if they are taking St. John's wort concurrently with their hormones. Avoidance of these combinations is recommended.
    Streptogramins: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as dalfopristin; quinupristin may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Succinylcholine: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Sulfonylureas: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Tacrine: (Moderate) Estrogens have been reported to increase serum tacrine Cmax and AUC. Practitioners should monitor patients for signs of increased cholinergic-related side effects if postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy is used concurrently with tacrine.
    Testolactone: (Severe) Estrogens could interfere competitively with the pharmacologic action of the aromatase inhibitors. The goal of aromatase inhibitor therapy is to decrease circulating estrogen concentrations and inhibit the growth of hormonally-responsive cancers. Estrogen therapy is not recommended during aromatase inhibitor treatment, due to opposing pharmacologic actions. Aromatase inhibitors (e.g., aminoglutethimide, anastrozole, exemestane, letrozole, testolactone, vorozole) exhibit their antiestrogenic effects by reducing the peripheral conversion of adrenally synthesized androgens (e.g., androstenedione) to estrogens through inhibition of the aromatase enzyme. In addition, in women receiving long-term aromatase inhibitor therapy, atrophic vaginitis due to estrogen suppression is common; atrophic vaginitis due to aromatase inhibitor therapy is sometimes treated with vaginal estrogen as the systemic exposure of estrogen from vaginal preparations is thought to be low. In a study of 7 women on aromatase inhibitor therapy, estrogen concentrations rose significantly after the addition of vaginally administered estrogen for atrophic vaginitis. Estrogen concentrations increased from a mean baseline level of < 5 pmol/l to 72 pmol/l after 2 weeks and to < 35 pmol/l at 4 weeks. Although the study was small, estrogen concentrations rose significantly in 6/7 patients. Clinicians should be aware that serum estrogen concentrations may increase with the use of vaginal estrogen preparations; alternative treatments for atrophic vaginitis in patients taking aromatase inhibitors should be considered.
    Thiazolidinediones: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Thyroid hormones: (Minor) The administration of estrogens can increase circulating concentrations of thyroxine-binding globulin. Increased amounts of thyroxine-binding globulin may result in a reduced clinical response to thyroid hormones. Some hypothyroid patients on estrogen may require larger doses of thyroid hormones.
    Tipranavir: (Moderate) Tipranavir increases the metabolism of estrogens. Women using estrogens for hormone replacement therapy should be monitored for signs of estrogen deficiency. Patients should be instructed to report any breakthrough bleeding or adverse events to their prescribers.
    Topiramate: (Major) Topiramate can increase the clearance of estrogens and compromise the efficacy of estrogens used as hormone replacement therapies or contraceptives. Patients taking oral contraceptives, non-oral combination contraceptives, or progestions for contraception or patients taking estrogens or progestins for hormone replacement therapy should report changes in their bleeding patterns to their prescribers. Reduced contraceptive efficacy can occur even in the absence of breakthrough bleeding. Dosages of the products may need adjustment; the manufacturer of topiramate recommends that an oral contraceptive containing 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol be used. Different or additional forms of contraception may also be needed.
    Toremifene: (Major) The use of estrogens, including oral contraceptives, with toremifene is controversial and is generally considered contraindicated in most, but not all, circumstances. The use of estrogens may aggravate conditions for which toremifene is prescribed. Toremifene exerts its effects by blocking estrogen receptors. Since toremifene and estrogens are pharmacological opposites, they are not usually given concurrently.
    Trandolapril; Verapamil: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as verapamil may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Tranexamic Acid: (Severe) Tranexamic acid is contraindicated in women who are using combination hormonal contraception containing an estrogen and a progestin. Use with other estrogens is also not recommended. Estrogens increase the hepatic synthesis of prothrombin and factors VII, VIII, IX, and X and decrease antithrombin III; estrogens also increase norepinephrine-induced platelet aggregability. A positive relationship of estrogens to thromboembolic disease has been demonstrated, and the US FDA has suggested class labeling of combined OCs and non-oral combination contraceptives in accordance with this data. OC products containing >= 50-mcg ethinyl estradiol are associated with the greatest risk of thromboembolic complications. Therefore, do not coadminister estrogens, combined hormonal oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives together with tranexamic acid. Tranexamic acid is an antifibrinolytic agent, and concomitant use can further exacerbate the thrombotic risk associated with these estrogen-containing hormonal products; in post-market use of tranexamic acid, cases of thromboembolic events have been reported, with cases occurring in those patients concomitantly receiving combined hormonal contraceptives containing both an estrogen and a progestin.
    Triamcinolone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Tricyclic antidepressants: (Minor) The oxidative metabolism of tricyclic antidepressants may be decreased by ethinyl estradiol. Increased antidepressant serum concentrations may occur. Ethinyl estradiol has been reported to intensify side effects from imipramine. Patients should be monitored for increased tricyclic antidepressant side effects if an estrogen is added. Current evidence indicates that this interaction may be related to the estrogen dosage, with larger doses (i.e., >= 50 mcg ethinyl estradiol/day) causing a more significant interaction.
    Tubocurarine: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Ursodeoxycholic Acid, Ursodiol: (Minor) Estrogens and combined hormonal and oral contraceptives increase hepatic cholesterol secretion, and encourage cholesterol gallstone formation, and hence may counteract the effectiveness of ursodeoxycholic acid, ursodiol.
    Valproic Acid, Divalproex Sodium: (Moderate) Monitor serum valproic acid concentrations and patient clinical response when adding or discontinuing estrogen-containing therapy. Estrogen may increase the clearance of valproic acid, possibly leading to decreased efficacy of valproic acid and increased seizure frequency.
    Vecuronium: (Minor) Estrogens have been associated in rare cases with pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Since non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockers are metabolized by cholinesterase, prolonged neuromuscular blockade may occur in individuals on concurrent therapy with estrogens.
    Verapamil: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as verapamil may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.
    Warfarin: (Major) Estrogen-based hromone replacement therapies and cocntraceptive methods are generally contraindicated in patients with thromboembolic risk. However, per ACOG guidelines, in select patients the benefits of such contraception may outweigh the risks, as long as appropriate anticoagulant therapy is utilized. Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) may inhibit CYP3A4 and CYP1A2, which can rarely influence warfarin pharmacokinetics and the INR value. Isolated case reports have noted altered responses to warfarin in patients receiving combined hormonal contraceptives. Estrogens increase the hepatic synthesis of prothrombin and factors VII, VIII, IX, and X and decrease antithrombin III; estrogens also increase norepinephrine-induced platelet aggregability. A positive relationship of estrogen-containing OCs to thromboembolic disease has been demonstrated. OC products containing 50-mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol are associated with the greatest risk of thromboembolic complications. The addition of certain progestins may influence thromboembolic risks. A positive relationship between estrogen-based HRT and the risk of thromboembolic disease has also been demonstrated in the Women's Health Initiative Trials. Estrogen-based HRT products are generally contraindicated in patients with a current or past history of stroke, cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, coronary thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolic disease (including pulmonary embolism and DVT), or valvular heart disease with complications. If concurrent use of an estrogen-based product cannot be avoided, carefully monitor for signs and symptoms of thromboembolic complications. If thromboembolic events occur, discontinue the HRT regimen. Estrogen-based HRT is generally not expected to significantly alter the INR or to affect the metabolism of warfarin. Dosage adjustment of warfarin in a woman taking HRT should be based on the prothrombin time or INR value.
    Zafirlukast: (Minor) Estrogens are partially metabolized by CYP3A4. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 such as zafirlukast may increase plasma concentrations of estrogens and cause estrogen-related side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness. Patients receiving estrogens should be monitored for an increase in adverse events.

    PREGNANCY AND LACTATION

    Pregnancy

    Conjugated estrogens are contraindicated during pregnancy. There appears to be little or no increased risk of birth defects in children born to women who have used estrogens and progestins as an oral contraceptive inadvertently during early pregnancy. However, increased risk of a wide variety of fetal abnormalities, including modified development of sexual organs, cardiovascular anomalies and limb defects, have been reported following the chronic use of estrogens in pregnant women. There is no FDA-approved indication for the use of conjugated estrogens in pregnancy.

    Caution should be used if a breast-feeding mother is receiving conjugated estrogens; in general, these products should not be used during lactation. Estrogen administration to nursing women has been shown to decrease the quantity and quality of the breast milk. Detectable amounts of estrogens have been identified in the breast milk of women receiving estrogen-alone therapy. Estrogens are not approved by the FDA for the treatment of postpartum breast engorgement.

    MECHANISM OF ACTION

    The primary source of estrogens in premenopausal women is the ovary, which normally secretes 0.07 to 0.5 mg of estradiol daily, depending on the phase of the menstrual cycle. After menopause estrone is the primary circulating estrogen; it is derived from the peripheral conversion of androstenedione by an aromatase enzyme found in adipose tissues. Estrone is converted to small amounts of estradiol in peripheral tissues. Estrogens increase the rate of synthesis of DNA, RNA, and some proteins. Exogenous estrogens elicit all of the actions of endogenous estrogens. Estrogens are responsible for the growth and development of female sex organs and the maintenance of sex characteristics including growth of axillary and pubic hair, and shaping of body contours and skeleton. At the cellular level, estrogens increase cervical secretions, cause proliferation of the endometrium, and increase uterine tone. Paradoxically, prolonged administration of estrogen can shrink the endometrium. During the preovulatory or nonovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle, withdrawal of estrogen can initiate menstruation; in the ovulatory phase, however, the decrease in progesterone secretion is the more significant factor causing menstruation.
     
    Estrogens have a weak anabolic effect and also can affect bone calcium deposition and accelerate epiphysial closure. Estrogens appear to prevent osteoporosis associated with the onset of menopause, they generally do not reverse bone density loss that has already developed. Estrogens generally have a favorable effect on blood lipids, reducing LDL- and increasing HDL-cholesterol concentrations on average, by 15%. Serum triglycerides increase with estrogen administration. Estrogens increase the rate of synthesis of many proteins, including thyroid binding globulin and several clotting factors. Estrogens reduce levels of antithrombin III, and increase platelet aggregation. Estrogens also enhance sodium and fluid retention.
     
    Unopposed estrogen has been associated with increased risk of endometrial cancer in menopausal women with an intact uterus; concomitant progestin therapy reduces, but does not eliminate, this risk. However, combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may add additional health risks for some women, as evidenced by the HERS trials , the Women's Health Initiative study , and other investigations. In particular, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study reported an increased risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, dementia, invasive breast cancer, and venous thromboembolism in patients taking combination HRT and an increased risk of stroke, dementia, and venous thromboembolism in patients taking estrogen only HRT; an increased risk of invasive breast cancer was not evident in women taking estrogen only. Because of these findings, patients should be prescribed estrogen HRT or estrogen-progestin HRT for the shortest duration consistent with the treatment goals. Estrogen HRT with or without a progestin is not indicated and should not be used to prevent coronary artery disease or other cardiovascular disease. The risks and benefits of HRT must be determined for a woman individually.
     
    In men with advanced prostate cancer, estrogens exert their effect by inhibition of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis through negative feedback. This results in decreased secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH). Decreased testosterone production from the Leydig cells in the testes occurs, which may decrease tumor growth and lower prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels. Improvement in bone metastasis may also occur. In the past, high-dose estrogen therapy was also used in selected men and postmenopausal women with inoperable, progressive breast cancer. Since the development of selective estrogen receptor modifiers (SERMs), high-dose estrogen therapy for the palliative treatment of breast cancer is rarely used today.

    PHARMACOKINETICS

    Conjugated estrogens are administered orally, intramuscularly, intravenously, intravaginally, or by local vulvar application. Conjugated estrogens bind primarily to albumin; unconjugated estrogens bind both to albumin and sex-hormone-binding globulin. Similar to that of endogenous estrogens, conjugated estrogens are widely distributed throughout the body and are found in higher concentration in the sex hormone target organs.
     
    Metabolism occurs in the same manner as endogenous estrogens. There is a dynamic equilibrium of metabolic interconversions; most transformations take place in the liver. Conjugated estrogens are metabolized primarily in the liver to glucuronide and sulfate conjugates of estradiol, estrone, and estriol. These products are eliminated in the urine. A portion of the conjugates are excreted into the intestine through the biliary system; hydrolysis in the gut allows for enterohepatic recirculation of the estrogens. In postmenopausal women, a significant portion of the sulfate conjugates exist as estrone sulfate, which serves as a reservoir for the formation of the more active estrogens, estradiol and estriol. The apparent terminal half life of conjugated estrone is 4—18.5 hours and the half-life of conjugated equilin is 4—17 hours.
     
    Affected cytochrome P450 isoenzymes: none

    Oral Route

    Conjugated estrogens are rapidly absorbed from the GI tract after oral administration; the tablets are designed to release the estrogens slowly over a period of several hours.

    Other Route(s)

    Vaginal Route
    Conjugated estrogens are absorbed systemically when given by the vaginal route. The degree of systemic absorption via the vaginal route is dependent on the frequency of use, dose prescribed, and degree of vaginal mucosal atrophy present.