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Summary of Product Characteristics last updated on medicines.ie: 11/13/2017
SPC Fematab 2mg Film-coated tablets

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Fematab 2 mg Film-coated tablet

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Each film-coated tablet contains:

Estradiol hemihydrate equivalent to 2 mg estradiol per tablet.

Excipients - Contains Lactose Monohydrate 118.2mg

For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

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Round, biconvex, brick-red film-coated tablet with inscription “379” on one side.

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4.1 Therapeutic indications

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for oestrogen deficiency symptoms in postmenopausal women at least 6 months since last menses.

Prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women at high risk of future fractures who are intolerant of, or contraindicated for, other medicinal products approved for the prevention of osteoporosis. (See also section 4.4)

Older people

The experience of treating women older than 65 years is limited.

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4.2 Posology and method of administration

The initial daily dosage is 1 mg. The dosage may be increased to 2 mg if required. For initiation and continuation of treatment of postmenopausal symptoms the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration (see also section 4.4) should be used.

Treatment of hysterectomised women and postmenopausal women may be started on any convenient day.

If the patient is menstruating, treatment is started on day one of bleeding.

In women with a uterus, a progestagen should be added to Fematab for 12-14 days each month/28 day cycle.

Unless there is a previous diagnosis of endometriosis, it is not recommended to add a progestagen in hysterectomised women.

Fematab can be taken with or without food.

If a dose has been forgotten, it should be taken as soon as possible. If more than 12 hours have elapsed, treatment should be continued with the next tablet without taking the forgotten tablet.. Forgetting a dose may increase the likelihood of breakthrough bleeding and spotting.

Paediatric Population

There is no relevant indication for the use of Fematab in the paediatric population.

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4.3 Contraindications

-Known hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients (see section 6.1)

-Non hysterectomised women without opposing progestagen

-Known, past or suspected breast cancer

-Known or suspected oestrogen-dependent malignant tumours (e.g. endometrial cancer)

-Undiagnosed genital bleeding

-Untreated endometrial hyperplasia

-Previous or current venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism)

-Known thrombophilic disorders (e.g. protein C, protein S, or antithrombin deficiency, see section 4.4)

-Active or recent arterial thromboembolic disease (e.g. angina, myocardial infarction)

-Acute liver disease, or a history of liver disease as long as liver function tests have failed to return to normal


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4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

For the treatment of postmenopausal symptoms, HRT should only be initiated for symptoms that adversely affect quality of life. In all cases, a careful appraisal of the risks and benefits should be undertaken at least annually and HRT should only be continued as long as the benefit outweighs the risk.

Evidence regarding the risks associated with HRT in the treatment of premature menopause is limited. Due to the low level of absolute risk in younger women, however, the balance of benefits and risks for these women may be more favourable than in older women.

Medical examination/follow up

Before initiating or reinstituting HRT, a complete personal and family medical history should be taken. Physical (including pelvic and breast) examination should be guided by this and by the contraindications and warnings for use. During treatment, periodic check-ups are recommended of a frequency and nature adapted to the individual woman. Women should be advised what changes in their breasts should be reported to their doctor or nurse (see 'Breast cancer' below). Investigations appropriate imaging tools, e.g. including mammography, should be carried out in accordance with currently accepted screening practices, modified to the clinical needs of the individual.

Conditions which need supervision

If any of the following conditions are present, have occurred previously, and/or have been aggravated during pregnancy or previous hormone treatment, the patient should be closely supervised. It should be taken into account that these conditions may recur or be aggravated during treatment with Fematab, in particular:

- Leiomyoma (uterine fibroids) or endometriosis.

- Risk factors for thromboembolic disorders (see below).

- Risk factors for oestrogen dependent tumours, e.g. 1st degree heredity for breast cancer.

- Hypertension.

- Liver disorders (e.g. liver adenoma).

- Diabetes mellitus with or without vascular involvement.

- Cholelithiasis.

- Migraine or (severe) headache.

- Systemic lupus erythematosus.

- A history of endometrial hyperplasia (see below).

- Epilepsy.

- Asthma.

- Otosclerosis.

Reasons for immediate withdrawal of therapy:

Therapy should be discontinued in cases where a contra-indication is discovered and in the following situations:

- Jaundice or deterioration in liver function.

- Significant increase in blood pressure.

- New onset of migraine-type headache.

- Pregnancy.

Endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma

In women with an intact uterus the risk of endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma is increased when oestrogens are administered alone for prolonged periods. The reported increase in endometrial cancer risk among oestrogen-only users varies from 2- to 12- fold greater compared with non-users, depending on the duration of treatment and oestrogen dose (see section4.8). After stopping treatment risk may remain elevated for at least 10 years.

The addition of a progestagen cyclically for at least 12 days per month/28 day cycle or continuous combined oestrogen-progestagen therapy in non-hysterectomised women can prevent the excess risk associated with oestrogen-only HRT.

For oral doses of estradiol >2mg, and patches >50μg/day the endometrial safety of added progesterones have not been demonstrated.

Breakthrough bleeding and spotting may occur during the first few months of treatment. If break-through bleeding or spotting appears after some time on therapy, or continues after treatment has been discontinued, the reason should be investigated, which may include endometrial biopsy to exclude endometrial malignancy.

Unopposed oestrogen stimulation may lead to premalignant or malignant transformation in the residual foci of endometriosis. Therefore, the addition of progestagens to oestrogen replacement therapy should be considered in women who have undergone hysterectomy because of endometriosis, if they are known to have residual endometriosis.

Breast Cancer

The overall evidence suggests an increased risk of breast cancer in women taking combined oestrogen-progestagen and possibly also oestrogen-only HRT, that is dependent on the duration of taking HRT.

Combined oestrogen-progestagen therapy

A randomised placebo-controlled trial, the Women's Health Initiative study (WHI) and epidemiological studies, are consistent in finding an increased risk of breast cancer in women taking combined oestrogen-progestagen for HRT that becomes apparent after about 3 years (see section 4.8).

Oestrogen-only therapy

The WHI trial found no increase in the risk of breast cancer in hysterectomised women using oestrogen-only HRT. Observational studies have mostly reported a small increase in risk of having breast cancer diagnosed that is substantially lower than that found in users of oestrogen-progestagen combinations (see section 4.8).

The excess risk becomes apparent within a few years of use but returns to baseline within a few (at most five) years after stopping treatment.

HRT, especially oestrogen-progestagen combined treatment, increases the density of mammographic images which may adversely affect the radiological detection of breast cancer.

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is much rarer than breast cancer. Epidemiological evidence from a large meta-analysis suggests a slightly increased risk in women taking oestrogen-only or combined oestrogen-progestagen HRT, which becomes apparent within 5 years of use and diminishes over time after stopping. Some other studies, including the WHI trial, suggest that the use of combined HRTs may be associated with a similar, or slightly smaller, risk (see section 4.8).

Venous thromboembolism

HRT is associated with a 1.3-3 fold risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), i.e. deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. The occurrence of such an event is more likely in the first year of HRT than later (see section 4.8).

Patients with known thrombophilic states have an increased risk of VTE and HRT may add to this risk. HRT is therefore contraindicated in these patients (see section 4.3).

Generally recognised risk factors for VTE include use of oestrogens, older age, major surgery, prolonged immobilisation, obesity (BMI > 30 kg/m2), pregnancy/postpartum period, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and cancer. There is no consensus about the possible role of varicose veins in VTE.

As in all postoperative patients, prophylactic measures need to be considered to prevent VTE following surgery. If prolonged immobilisation is to follow elective surgery temporarily stopping HRT 4 to 6 weeks earlier, is recommended. Treatment should not be restarted until the women is completely mobilised.

In women with no personal history of VTE but with a first degree relative with a history of thrombosis at young age, screening may be offered after careful counselling regarding its limitations (only a proportion of thrombophilic defects are identified by screening).

If a thrombophilic defect is identified which segregates with thrombosis in family members or if the defect is 'severe' (e.g. antithrombin, protein S, or protein C deficiencies or a combination of defects) HRT is contraindicated.

Women already on chronic anticoagulant treatment require careful consideration of the benefit-risk of use of HRT.

If VTE develops after initiating therapy, the drug should be discontinued. Patients should be told to contact their doctors immediately when they are aware of a potential thromboembolic symptom (e.g. painful swelling of a leg, sudden pain in the chest, dyspnea).

Coronary artery disease (CAD)

There is no evidence from randomised controlled trials of protection against myocardial infarction in women with or without existing CAD who received combined oestrogen-progestagen or oestrogen-only HRT.

Combined oestrogen-progestagen therapy

The relative risk of CAD during use of combined oestrogen+progestagen HRT is slightly increased. As the baseline absolute risk of CAD is strongly dependent on age, the number of extra cases of CAD due to oestrogen+progestagen use is very low in healthy women close to menopause, but will rise with more advanced age.


Randomised controlled data found no increased risk of CAD in hysterectomised women using oestrogen-only therapy.

Ischaemic Stroke

Combined oestrogen-progestagen and oestrogen-only therapy are associated with an up to 1.5- fold increase in risk of ischaemic stroke. The relative risk does not change with age or time since menopause. However, as the baseline risk of stroke is strongly age-dependent, the overall risk of stroke in women who use HRT will increase with age (see section 4.8).

Other conditions

Oestrogens may cause fluid retention, and therefore patients with cardiac or renal dysfunction should be carefully observed.

Women with pre-existing hypertriglyceridemia should be followed closely during oestrogen replacement or hormone replacement therapy, since rare cases of large increases of plasma triglycerides leading to pancreatitis have been reported with oestrogen therapy in this condition.

Oestrogens increase thyroid binding globulin (TBG), leading to increased circulating total thyroid hormone, as measured by protein-bound iodine (PBI), T4 levels (by column or by radio-immunoassay) or T3 levels (by radio-immunoassay). T3 resin uptake is decreased, reflecting the elevated TBG. Free T4 and free T3 concentrations are unaltered. Other binding proteins may be elevated in serum, i.e. corticoid binding globulin (CBG), sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) leading to increased circulating corticosteroids and sex steroids, respectively. Free or biological active hormone concentrations are unchanged. Other plasma proteins may be increased (angiotensinogen/renin substrate, alpha-1-antitrypsin, ceruloplasmin).

HRT use does not improve cognitive function. There is some evidence from the WHI trial of increased risk of probable dementia in women who start using continuous combined or oestrogen-only HRT after the age of 65.

Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.

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4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

No interaction studies have been performed.

The efficacy of oestrogens might be impaired:

- The metabolism of oestrogens may be increased by concomitant use of substances known to induce drug-metabolising enzymes, specifically cytochrome P450 enzymes 2B6, 3A4, 3A5, 3A7, such as anticonvulsants (e.g. phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamezapine) and anti-infectives (e.g. rifampicin, rifabutin, nevirapine, efavirenz).

- Ritonavir and nelfinavir, although known as strong inhibitors of CYP450 3A4, A5, A7, by contrast exhibit inducing properties when used concomitantly with steroid hormones.

- Herbal preparations containing St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) may induce the metabolism of oestrogens via the CYP450 3A4 pathway.

- Clinically an increased metabolism of oestrogens may lead to decreased effect and changes in the uterine bleeding profile.

Oestrogens might interfere with the metabolism of other drugs:

Oestrogens per se may inhibit CYP450 drug-metabolising enzymes via competitive inhibition.

This is in particular to be considered for substrates with a narrow therapeutic index, such as

• tacrolimus and cyclosporine A (CYP450 3A4, 3A3)

• fentanyl (CYP450 3A4)

• theophylline (CYP450 1A2).

Clinically this may lead to an increased plasma level of the affected substances up to toxic concentrations. Thus, careful drug monitoring for an extended period of time might be indicated and a dosage decrease of tacrolimus, fentanyl, cyclosporin A, and theophylline may be necessary.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


Fematab is not indicated during pregnancy. If pregnancy occurs during medication with Fematab, treatment should be withdrawn immediately.

The results of most epidemiological studies to date relevant to inadvertent foetal exposure to oestrogens indicate no teratogenic or foetotoxic effects.


Fematab is not indicated during lactation.

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4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Fematab has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive or use machines.

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4.8 Undesirable effects

Serious undesirable effects associated with the use of hormone replacement therapy are also mentioned in sections “Special warnings and precautions for use”

The table below reports undesirable effects that have been reported in users of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by MedDRA system organ classes (MedDRA SOCs)

MedDRA system organ class


>1/100, <1/10


>1/1,000, <1/100


>1/10,000, <1/1,000

Immune system disorders


Metabolism and nutrition disorders

Weight increased,

Weight decreased

Phychiatric disorders

Depressed mood


Libido decreased,

Libido increased

Nervous system disorders




Eye disorders

Visual disturbances

Contact lens intolerance

Cardiac disorders


Gastrointestinal disorders

Abdominal pain, Nausea




Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders



Erythema nodosum,




Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Muscle cramps

Reproductive system and breast disorders

Uterine/vaginal bleeding including spotting

Breast pain,

Breast tenderness


Vaginal discharge,

Premenstrual syndrome,

Breast enlargement

General disorders and administration site reactions




Other adverse reactions have been reported in association with estradiol treatment:

Infections and infestations:

Vaginal candidiasis

Neoplasms benign, and malignant, and unspecified (incl. cysts and polyps):

Breast cancer a

Oestrogen-dependent neoplasms benign and malignant, e.g. endometrial cancer b, ovarian cancer c

Increase in size of leiomyoma

Immune system disorders:

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Metabolism and nutrition disorders:

Change in carbohydrate metabolism


Psychiatric disorders:


Nervous system disorders:

Exacerbation of epilepsy

Probable dementia over the age of 65 (see section 4.4)


Eye disorders:

Steepening of corneal curvature

Cardiac disorders:

Myocardial infarctione

Vascular disorders:


Arterial thromboembolism. For further information see sections 4.3 and 4.4

Venous thromboembolism d, i.e. deep leg or pelvic venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. For further information, see section 4.3 and 4.4.

Gastrointestinal disorders:

Pancreatitis (in women with pre-existing hypertriglyceridemia)

Gastrooesophageal reflux disease

Hepatobiliary disorders:

Hepatic function abnormal, sometimes with jaundice, asthenia or malaise, and abdominal pain.

Gall bladder disorder

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorder:


Erythema multiforme, vascular purpura

Chloasma or melisma which may persist when drug is discontinued

Allergic skin reactions

Application site reactions (transdermal administration form (patch))

Renal and urinary disorders:

Urinary incontinence

Cystitis-like symptoms

Reproductive system and breast disorders:

Metorrhagia, change in cervical erosion

Fibrocystic breast disease

Congenital, familial and genetic disorders:

Aggravation of porphyria


Total thyroid hormones increased

a Breast Cancer

An up to 2-fold increased risk of having breast cancer diagnosed is reported in women taking combined oestrogen-progestagen therapy for more than 5 years.

Any increased risk in users of oestrogen-only therapy is substantially lower than that seen in users of oestrogen-progestagen combinations.

The level of risk is dependent on the duration of use (see section 4.4).

Results of the largest randomised placebo-controlled trial (WHI-study) and largest epidemiological study (MWS) are presented.

Million Women study– Estimated additional risk of breast cancer after 5 years' use

Age range


Additional cases per 1000 never-users of HRT over a 5 year period *

Risk ratio & 95% CI#

Additional cases per 1000 HRT users over 5 years (95%CI)

Oestrogen only HRT




1-2 (0-3)

Combined oestrogen -progestagen




6 (5-7)

#Overall risk ratio. The risk ratio is not constant but will increase with increasing duration on use

Note: Since the background incidence of breast cancer differs by EU country, the number of additinal cases of breast cancer will also change proportionately.

* Taken from baseline incidence rates in developed countries

US WHI studies - additional risk of breast cancer after 5 years' use

Age range


Incidence per 1000 women in placebo arm over 5 years

Risk ratio & 95% CI

Additional cases per 1000 HRT users over 5 years (95%CI)

CEE oestrogen-only



0.8 (0.7 - 1.0)

-4 ( -6 -0) *

CEE+MPA oestrogen+progestagen‡



1.2 (1.0 - 1.5)

+4 (0-9)

‡When the analysis was restricted to women who had not used HRT prior to the study there was no increased risk apparent during the first 5 years of treatment: after 5 years the risk was higher than in non-users.

* WHI study in women with no uterus, which did not show an increase in risk of breast cancer

b Endometrial cancer risk

Postmenopausal women with a uterus

The endometrial cancer risk is about 5 in every 1000 women with a uterus not using HRT.

In women with a uterus, use of oestrogen-only HRT is not recommended because it increases the risk of endometrial cancer (see section 4.4).

Depending on the duration of oestrogen-only use and oestrogen dose, the increase in risk of endometrial cancer in epidemiology studies varied from between 5 and 55 extra cases diagnosed in every 1000 women between the ages of 50 and 65.

Adding a progestagen to oestrogen-only therapy for at least 12 days per cycle can prevent this increased risk. In the Million Women Study the use of five years of combined (sequential or continuous) HRT did not increase the risk of endometrial cancer (RR of 1.0 (0.8-1.2).

c Ovarian cancer

Use of oestrogen-only or combined oestrogen-progestagen HRT has been associated with a slightly increased risk of having ovarian cancer diagnosed (see section 4.4).

A meta-analysis from 52 epidemiological studies reported an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women currently using HRT compared to women who have never used HRT (RR 1.43, 95% CI 1.31-1.56). For women aged 50 to 54 years taking 5 years of HRT, this results in about 1 extra case per 2000 users. In women aged 50 to 54 who are not taking HRT, about 2 women in 2000 will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer over a 5-year period.

d Risk of venous thromboembolism

HRT is associated with a 1.3-3-fold increased relative risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), i.e. deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. The occurrence of such an event is more likely in the first year of using HRT (see section 4.4). Results of the WHI studies are presented:

WHI Studies - Additional risk of VTE over 5 years' use

Age range


Incidence per 1000 women in placebo arm over 5 years

Risk ratio and 95% CI

Additional cases per 1000 HRT users

Oral oestrogen-only*



1.2 (0.6-2.4)

1 (-3 - 10)

Oral combined oestrogen-progestagen



2.3 (1.2 – 4.3)

5 (1 - 13)

* Study in women with no uterus

e Myocardial infarction

The risk of coronary artery disease is slightly increased in users of combined oestrogen progestagen HRT over the age of 60 (see section 4.4)

f Risk of ischaemic stroke

The use of oestrogen-only and oestrogen + progestagen therapy is associated with an up to 1.5 fold increased relative risk of ischaemic stroke. The risk of haemorrhagic stroke is not increased during use of HRT.

This relative risk is not dependent on age or on duration of use, but as the baseline risk is strongly age-dependent, the overall risk of stroke in women who use HRT will increase with age (see section 4.4).

WHI studies combined - Additional risk of ischaemic stroke* over 5 years' use

Age range


Incidence per 1000 women in placebo arm over 5 years

Risk ratio and 95% CI

Additional cases per 1000 HRT users over 5 years



1.3 (1.1 – 1.6)

3 (1-5)

* No differentiation was made between ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2; Tel: +353 1 6764971; Fax: +353 1 6762517. Website: www.hpra.ie; e-mail: medsafety@hpra.ie

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4.9 Overdose

Acute toxicity studies did not indicate a risk of acute adverse effects in case of inadvertent intake of a multiple of the daily therapeutic dose.

Nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, dizziness and withdrawal bleeding may occur in some women. There is no specific antidote and treatment should be symptomatic.

Aforementioned information is also applicable for overdosing in children.

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5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Natural and semisynthetic oestrogens, plain. ATC code: G03 CA03

The active ingredient, synthetic 17β-estradiol, is chemically and biologically identical to endogenous human estradiol. It substitutes for the loss of oestrogen production in menopausal women, and alleviates menopausal symptoms. Oestrogens prevent bone loss following menopause or ovariectomy.

Clinical trial information

Relief of oestrogen-deficiency symptoms and bleeding patterns.

Relief of menopausal symptoms was achieved during the first few weeks of treatment.

Hot flushes have been shown to be significantly reduced with 1mg and 2mg 17 beta estradiol at 4 weeks.

Prevention of osteoporosis

• Oestrogen deficiency at menopause is associated with an increase in bone turnover and a decline in bone mass.

• The effect of oestrogens on bone mineral density is dose-dependent. Protection appears to be effective for as long as treatment is continued. After discontinuation of HRT, bone mass is lost at a rate similar to that in untreated women.

• Evidence from the WHI trial and meta-analysis of trials shows that current use of HRT, alone or in combination with a progestagen – given to predominantly healthy women – reduces the risk of hip, vertebral and other osteoporotic fractures. HRT may also prevent fractures in women with low bone density and/or established osteoporosis, but the evidence for that is limited.

After 2 years of treatment with 1mg 17 beta estradiol, the mean percentage increase from baseline in lumbar spine bone mineral density (BMD) was 2.7% (C.I: 1.6 to 3.7%) and the mean difference from placebo was 5%. The mean percentage increase from baseline was 1.6% at the femoral neck and 2.6% at the Femoral trochanter.

After 18 months treatment, the placebo group spinal trabecular bone density decreased 4.9% annually (p < 0.001), whereas in those taking micronized 17 beta-estradiol bone density tended to increase (annual increases of 1.8% in the 1.0mg micronized 17 beta-estradiol group (P < 0.001 vs. placebo).

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5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Estrediol, estra-1,3,5(10)-triene-3, 17β-diol is identical to human ovarian estradiol. Following oral administration, micronized estradiol is quickly and efficiently absorbed, and extensively metabolised. The major unconjugated and conjugated metabolites are estrone and estrone sulphate, which are the most abundant circulating oestrogens in postmenopausal women. These metabolites can contribute to the estrogenic activity, either directly or after conversion to estradiol. The steady-state pharmacokinetic data of three analytes (i.e. estradiol, estrone and estrone sulphate) after oral administration of micronized estradiol were obtained in studies with healthy postmenopausal women.


Absorption of estradiol is dependent on the particle size: micronized estradiol is quickly and efficiently absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.

The following table provides the arithmetic mean steady state pharmacokinetic parameters of estradiol (E2), estrone (E1) and estrone sulphate (E1S) for 2mg dose of micronized estradiol:

Data is presented as arithmetic mean (standard deviation)

Estradiol 2mg






Cmax (pg/mL)

89 (16)

591 (178)

Cmax (ng/mL)

25.9 (16.4)

Cmin (pg/mL)

35.0 (13.4)

208 (102)

Cmin (ng/mL)

5.7 (5.9)

Cav (pg/mL)

62.9 (15.6)

392 (142)

Cav (ng/mL)

13.1 (9.4)

AUC 0-24 (pg.h/mL)

1486 (374)

9275 (3389)

AUC 0-24 (ng.h/mL)

307.3 (224.1)

*E1S: data is taken from oral dosing of estradiol 2mg + dydrogesterone 20mg (no clinically relevant effects of dydrogesterone on estradiol kinetics are reported).


Oestrogens can be found either unbound or bound. About 98-99% of the estradiol dose binds to plasma proteins, from which about 30-52% to albumin and about 46-69% to the sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG).


Following oral administration, estradiol is extensively metabolised. The major unconjugated and conjugated metabolites are estrone and estrone sulphate. These metabolites can contribute to the oestrogen activity, either directly or after conversion to estradiol. Estrone sulphate may undergo enterohepatic circulation.


In urine, the major compounds are the glucuronides of estrone and estradiol. The elimination half-life of estradiol and its main metabolites is between 10-16 h.

Oestrogens are secreted in the milk of nursing mothers.


The mean estradiol exposure (i.e. AUC 0-24 and Cav) at steady-state after oral daily dosing of 2mg micronized estradiol is approximately 2-fold greater than that after daily dosing of 1mg micronized estradiol. Based on the elimination half-life of the micronized estradiol, it can be estimated that estradiol concentrations reached steady-stage approximately within one week following oral daily administration.

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5.3 Preclinical safety data

There are no preclinical safety data of relevant to the prescriber in the target population that are additional to those already included in other sections of the Summary of Product Characteristics.

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6.1 List of excipient(s)

Lactose monohydrate


Maize starch

Colloidal anhydrous silica

Magnesium stearate

Film coating mix Pink I containing:

Macrogol 400

Titanium dioxide (E171)


Black, red and yellow iron oxides (E172).


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6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

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6.3 Shelf life

3 years.

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6.4 Special precautions for storage

This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.

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6.5 Nature and contents of container

Blister strips of 28 tablets. The blister strip is made of PVC film with a covering aluminium foil. Each carton contains 28 tablets.

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6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Medicines no longer required should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.

Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

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Mylan IRE Healthcare Limited

Unit 35/36

Grange Parade

Baldoyle Industrial Estate

Dublin 13


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PA 2010/11/2

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Date of first authorisation: 12 December 1994

Date of last renewal: 12 December 2009

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November 2017

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Active Ingredients

   Estradiol Hemihydrate