Proper Use

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It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause unwanted side effects.

This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow the instructions in the leaflet carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

It is important that you eat a well-balanced diet with an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D (found in milk or other dairy products). It is recommended that you receive calcium and vitamin D supplements while receiving this medicine.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For prevention of hot flashes, vulvar and vaginal atrophy caused by menopause or osteoporosis after menopause:
      • Adults—At first, 0.3 milligram (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. The medicine may be taken everyday, or in cycles (taking the medicine for 25 days, followed by 5 days without medicine).
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of advanced prostate cancer in men:
      • Adults—1.25 to 2.5 (taken as two tablets) milligrams (mg) three times a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of breast cancer in men and women:
      • Adults—10 milligrams (mg) three times a day, for at least 3 months.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of hypoestrogenism due to female hypogonadism:
      • Adults—0.3 to 0.625 milligram (mg) once a day, taken in cycles (taking the medicine for 3 weeks, followed by 1 week without medicine). Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of hypoestrogenism due to female castration or primary ovarian failure:
      • Adults—1.25 milligrams (mg) once a day, taken in cycles (taking the medicine for 3 weeks, followed by 1 week without medicine). Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.