Premarin, an HRT, is manufactured from mare urine and has been banned in some countries. Here are some pros and cons of taking it.....
Since 1942, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals has been producing an estrogen compound sold under various brand names including Premarin.
Like most medical treatments, the entire subject of estrogen replacement has not been without controversy. That controversy still rages when it comes to the production and use of Premarin, which is why patients need to be particularly careful when it comes to considering this unique drug.
Premarin is actually a combination of several different forms of estrogen and is made from the urine of pregnant mares
The production process itself is one of the biggest factors in the controversy surrounding Premarin
Animal rights activists have protested the conditions under which the urine is collected, claiming they are inhumane to the horses. Horses are kept in restrictive harnesses for lengthy periods of time while the urine is collected and often have to be destroyed afterward.
Aside from the treatment of the horses, however, there are other serious concerns involving the entire process of hormone replacement therapy, or HRT
As women enter menopause and their natural hormone levels begin to decrease they can experience a range of uncomfortable and distressing symptoms. The obvious remedy for this is to artificially replenish those low hormone levels.
Hormone replacement has been linked to a variety of serious ailments
While this may seem perfectly reasonable, it is not without its problems. Hormone replacement has been linked to a variety of serious ailments including heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and various forms of cancer.
Though it can be quite helpful to some women, HRT can be decidedly dangerous for others, especially those with a family history of heart disease or breast or uterine cancer.
Premarin use should only be undertaken following the proper guidelines
Though Premarin itself has not been proven to be any more dangerous than any other form of HRT, as with any hormone therapy it should only be undertaken following the proper guidelines. Most hormone therapy is recommended over short periods of time and at the lowest possible effective dose to mitigate the potential for serious side effects. Hormone therapy should never be undertaken without the guidance of a doctor.
It is imperative that you have regular physical exams while undergoing HRT
Because changes in the blood and the development of certain cancers can occur while using Premarin and other HRT drugs, it is imperative that you have regular physical exams while undergoing HRT.
You should also do regular breast self-exams to determine the presence of any lumps. If you experience any serious side effects, you should tell your doctor immediately.
As the baby boomer generation approaches menopause, there are more women than ever poised to experience the hot flashes, mood swings and other effects caused by hormone depletion.
No overwhelming proof that Prermarin is any more dangerous than any other HRT drug
For this reason, drugs like Premarin represent an important alternative. Though Premarin has been banned in some countries, there has been no overwhelming proof that it is any more dangerous than any other HRT drug.
If menopause is causing you trouble, talk to your doctor and consider all of your choices
As with any medication, you need to make the choice that is best for you and only you and your doctor can make that decision.
The battle over Premarin wages on, but the battlefield is your body, so you have the final say. Do your homework and feel good about the choice you make for your health.
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