Generically known as premarin, Prempro is an oral medication comprised of conjugated estrogen and medroxyprogesterone (also known as progesterone), the hormone that regulates ovulation and menstruation. Only available via prescription, Prempro is typically indicated for the treatment of menopause symptoms, including hot flashes, bone loss and vaginal dryness/irritation.
Prempro is marketed by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since March 2003. Premarin has been used for medicinal purposes since 1942.
Prempro Side Effects
Some patients prescribed Prempro have complained of developing serious side effects as a result of the medication. Serious Prempro injuries have included:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding and/or discharge
- Blood clots and/or deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Breast cancer
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- Liver damage
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Severe allergic reaction
In the worst cases, Prempro side effects can cause permanent disability and/or death. It’s vital that injured Prempro patients seek immediate medical treatments for the best chances of survival and recovery.
Patients with a history of certain medical conditions will have a significantly higher risk of developing life-threatening Prempro side effects and, therefore, should not take this medication. Risk factors for serious Prempro side effects may include persons with a history of:
- Blood clot, DVT, heart attack, PE and/or stroke
- Hormone-dependent cancers, such as breast or cervical cancer
- Liver disease
- Untreated abnormal vaginal bleeding
Patients with a history of hypertension, epilepsy, diabetes or gallbladder disease (among other conditions) will likely need to undergo some tests to determine the appropriate dosage, if any is, right for them.
Prempro Lawsuits: Recovering Compensation
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of taking Prempro, or your loved one has died from Prempro complications, you will most likely have a defective drug claim against Merck. Prospective plaintiffs can learn more about their legal rights by consulting with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. At Gacovino, Lake and Associates, we have the experience to protect your rights and help you get the compensation you are entitled to.