Elleste Duet Conti

Order Elleste Duet Conti to ease your menopause effects

Elleste Duet Conti is an HRT made up of norethisterone and estradiol — forms of the female hormones progesterone and oestrogen — and effectively reduces menopause symptoms.

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What is Elleste Duet Conti?

Elleste Duet Conti is a form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It contains two female hormones: oestrogen (estradiol hemihydrate) and progestogen (norethisterone acetate). It is a form of HRT used in women who have not had a period for at least 1 year. It is used to relieve menopausal symptoms. 

How does Elleste Duet Conti work?

Elleste Duet Conti is a form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It contains two female hormones: oestrogen (estradiol hemihydrate) and progestogen (norethisterone acetate). It is a form of HRT used in women who have not had a period for a least one year. 

It is used to relieve menopausal symptoms. Oestrogen levels in the women’s body fall during menopause, which can produce hot flushes, night sweats and weakened bones (osteoporosis). Elleste Duet Conti is used to alleviate these symptoms, and it is only prescribed if the menopausal symptoms affect your normal daily life. 

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredients in Elleste Duet Conti (Estradiol/Norethisterone) 2mg Tablets 84 are Estradiol 2mg and Norethisterone 1mg. 

Inactive ingredients

The other ingredients are Lactose Monohydrate, Maize Starch, Povidone, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Macrogol 400, Titanium Dioxide (E172), Hypromellose (E464).

Dosage

How do I take Elleste Duet Conti tablets?

The medication should be taken as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. The doctor will aim to prescribe you the lowest dose of the medication; however, this might be adjusted based on your feedback. 

If you are not taking any other form of HRT, you can start taking Elleste Duet Conti right away. Take one tablet each day at a time most suited to you. However, it is recommended that you take the medication at the same time every day. Make sure to swallow the tablet whole and do not break it up. The medication strip comes with the days marked to help you remember to take them every day. Once you finish the stip, start the next strip the following day. 

If you are changing from another type of HRT and normally have a monthly bleed, take Ellest Duet Conti medications on the first day of your bleeding. However, if you do not experience monthly bleeds, you can start taking the medication when it suits you the best. 

If you are going into surgery, make sure to tell your surgeon you are taking Elleste Duet Conti. You may need to stop taking the medication for about 4-6 weeks before the surgery to reduce the risk of getting a blood clot. 

What if I miss a dose of Elleste Duet Conti?

If you miss a dose, take the tablet as soon as you remember. For the next dose, take it at the normal time. If the tablet missed by more then 12 hours, dispose of that tablet and take the next dose at the normal time. Never take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.

What if I take more than recommended?

Taking more than recommended should not be problematic. However, you may experience breast tenderness, nausea or vomiting, irregular periods, feeling down and tired, the development of acne or an increased growth of body hair and facial hair. The next day, take the tablet as usual. 

Side Effects

Elleste Duet Conti side effects

Very common side effects occurring in more than 1 in 10 women:

  • Headache
  • Breast pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Painful periods
  • Problems with your menstrual cycle.

Common side effects may affect 1 in 10 women:

  • Feeling down
  • Feeling anxious
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling sick
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach cramps 
  • Acne
  • Rashes 
  • Itchiness
  • Dry skin
  • Back pain
  • Pain in the extremities
  • Breast enlargement
  • Heavy periods
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Break-through bleeding
  • Spasms (contractions) of the womb
  • Vaginal infection
  • Excessive thickening of the lining of the womb
  • Pain
  • Feeling of weakness
  • Swelling of the ankles
  • Feet and fingers
  • Weight gain

Uncommon symptoms may affect 1 in 100 people:

  • Migraines
  • Feeling 
  • High blood pressure
  • Varicose veins
  • Being sick
  • Gallstones and gallbladder disease
  • Change in colour of the skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Breast cancer 

Rare symptoms may affect 1 in 1000 people:

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Tingling or numbness
  • A blood clot in a vein
  • Inflammation of a vein
  • Muscle weakness
  • Growths in the womb (myoma, cysts, polyps).

Very rare symptoms may affect 1 in 10,000 people:

  • Increase in body and facial hair
  • Yellowing of the skin

Contraindications

If any of the following criteria apply, you should not use Elleste Duet Conti:

  • Known or suspected breast cancer or a past history of breast cancer
  • Known or suspected cancer in which growth of the cancer is stimulated by oestrogen, for example, endometrial cancer 
  • Untreated overgrowth of the lining of the womb known as endometrial hyperplasia.
  • Vaginal bleeding of an unknown cause
  • Any blood disorders that increase the risk of blood clots in the veins
  • A blood clot in a vein of the leg (deep vein thrombosis) or a blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
  • Inflammation of a vein caused by a blood clot (thrombophlebitis).
  • Recently suffered from a stroke 
  • Recently experienced a heart attack
  • Angina pectoris
  • Active liver disease or a history of liver disease when liver function has not returned to normal.
  • Porphyria.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Galactose intolerance
  • Lapp lactase deficiency 
  • Glucose-galactose malabsorption 

You should speak to your doctor if you have or unsure if you have any of these conditions as this medication is not suitable for you. 

Q&A

Does Elleste Duet Conti cause hair loss?

Elleste Duet Conti is not linked to hair loss, however, it may cause some body and facial hair growth. This is a very rare side effect, occurring in 1 in 10,000 people. 

Does Elleste Duet Conti cause bleeding?

Elleste Duet Conti does not cause regular monthly in women. However, in the first few months of taking the medication, it might cause small spotting or breakthrough bleeding. If you miss a dose of the medication, this might increase the risk of breakthrough bleeding. If this breakthrough bleeding is still occurring after the first few months of treatment, or after stopping the treatment, it is best to consult your doctor for advice. 

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