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Depo-Estradiol Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Depo-Estradiol (estradiol cypionate) Injection is a form of estrogen used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation. It is also used to treat a lack of estrogen that is caused by ovarian failure or a condition called hypogonadism. Some forms of estradiol injection are used in men to treat the symptoms of prostate cancer. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include nausea/vomiting, bloating, breast tenderness, headache, or weight changes.
The usual dosage range of Depo-Estradiol is 1 to 5 mg injected every 3 to 4 weeks. Depo-Estradiol may interact with St. John's wort, phenobarbital, blood thinners, ritonavir, carbamazepine, rifampin, or antibiotics. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Depo-Estradiol must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. This medication passes into breast milk. It may reduce the quality and amount of breast milk produced. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Depo-Estradiol (estradiol cypionate) Injection Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Depo-Estradiol in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- pain or swelling in your lower leg;
- abnormal vaginal bleeding;
- pain, swelling, or tenderness in your stomach;
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- a lump in your breast.
Less serious side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
- swollen breasts;
- acne or skin color changes;
- decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;
- migraine headaches or dizziness;
- vaginal pain, dryness, or discomfort;
- swelling of your ankles or feet;
- depression; or
- changes in your menstrual periods, break-through bleeding.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Depo-Estradiol (Estradiol Cypionate Injection) »
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Depo-Estradiol Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Nausea/vomiting, bloating, breast tenderness, headache, or weight changes may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as depression, memory loss), breast lumps, unusual vaginal bleeding (such as spotting, breakthrough bleeding, prolonged/recurrent bleeding), increased or new vaginal irritation/itching/odor/discharge, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, swelling hands/ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination.
This medication may rarely cause serious problems from blood clots (such as heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism). Get medical help right away if you have any serious side effects, including: chest/jaw/left arm pain, unusual sweating, sudden/severe headache, weakness on one side of the body, confusion, slurred speech, sudden vision changes (such as partial/complete blindness), pain/redness/swelling of legs, tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs, trouble breathing, coughing up blood, sudden dizziness/fainting.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Depo-Estradiol FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The following additional adverse reactions have been reported with estrogens and/or progestin therapy.
Changes in vaginal bleeding pattern and abnormal withdrawal bleeding or flow; breakthrough bleeding, spotting; dysmenorrhea; increase in size of uterine leiomyomata; vaginitis including vaginal candidiasis; change in amount of cervical secretion; changes in cervical ectropion; ovarian cancer; endometrial hyperplasia; endometrial cancer.
Retinal vascular thrombosis; steepening of corneal curvature; intolerance to contact lenses.
Central nervous system
Increase or decrease in weight; reduced carbohydrate tolerance; aggravation of porphyria; edema; changes in libido; arthralgias; leg cramps; anaphylactoid/anaphylactic reactions including urticaria and angioedema; hypocalcemia; exacerbation of asthma; increased triglycerides.
Drug Abuse And Dependence
Chlorobutanol anhydrous (chloral derivative) added as a preservative may be habit forming.
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