Androgens and Estrogens (Systemic)
- This monograph includes information on the following: - Estrogens, Esterified, and Methyltestosterone; Testosterone and Estradiol
and estrogens (AN-droe-jens
are hormones. Estrogens are produced by
the body in greater amounts in females. They are necessary for normal sexual
development of the female and for regulation of the menstrual cycle during
the childbearing years. Androgens are produced by the body in greater amounts
in males. However, androgens are also present in females in small amounts.
The ovaries and adrenal glands begin to produce less of these hormones
after menopause. This combination product is prescribed to make up for this
lower production of hormones. This may relieve signs of menopause, such as
hot flashes and unusual sweating, chills, faintness, or dizziness.
Androgens and estrogens may also be used for other conditions as determined
by your doctor.
There is no medical evidence to support the belief that the use of estrogens
(contained in this combination medicine) will keep the patient feeling young,
keep the skin soft, or delay the appearance of wrinkles. Nor has it been proven
that the use of estrogens during the menopause will relieve emotional and
nervous symptoms, unless these symptoms are caused by other menopausal symptoms,
such as hot flashes.
A paper called “Information for the Patient”
should be given to you with your prescription. Read this carefully
Also, before you use an androgen and estrogen product, you and your doctor
should discuss the good that it will do as well as the risks of using it.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage forms:
Estrogens, Esterified, and Methyltestosterone
Testosterone and Estradiol
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
- Depo-Testadiol 2
- Estratest 1
- Estratest H.S. 1
- Valertest No. 1 2
In Canada -
For quick reference, the following androgens and estrogens are numbered
to match the corresponding brand names.
|This information applies to the following medicines:|
||Estrogens, Esterified, and Methyltestosterone (ESS-troe-jenz, ess-TAIR-i-fyed, and meth-il-tes-TOSS-ter-one)|
||Testosterone and Estradiol (tess-TOSS-ter-own and ess-tra-DYE-ole)‡|
|‡ Generic name product may be available in the U.S.|