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  • Hormone Replacement Therapy [hide all summaries]
    In 1991, the Health Research Group published the Women’s Health Alert. The largest chapter in the book was on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). By then, the evidence was clear that these drugs caused breast cancer, and very serious doubts had been raised about their ability to protect against heart disease. The first sentence in this chapter began: Female replacement hormones may someday be remembered as the most recklessly prescribed and dangerous drugs of this century.
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  • A Review of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Manufactured by Compounding Pharmacists [hide all summaries]
    (August 2006)
    Two industries peddling hormone replacement drugs became involved in a conflict with one another on October 6, 2005, when the pharmaceutical company Wyeth filed a petition with the FDA urging the agency to counter flagrant violations of the law by pharmacies compounding Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Drugs. Both sides have been very culpable in assaults on women's health.
  • Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Urinary Incontinence [hide all summaries]
    (January 2006)
    If you are considering starting HRT (hormone replacement therapy), the possibility of experiencing urinary incontinence should be taken into account along with its other potential harms, which are outlined in the black box warning accompanying this article.
  • FDA Updates Hormone Therapy (HRT) Information for Post-Menopausal Women: HRT Causes Dementia [hide all summaries]
    (March 2004)
    In a 1991 book, Women's Health Alert, we warned that "Female replacement hormones may someday be remembered as the most recklessly prescribed and dangerous drugs of this century." Now, a new study shows that that women using Prempro, a combination of estrogen and progesterone as hormone replacement therapy, were twice as likely to suffer from demetia as women getting a placebo.
  • Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms [hide all summaries]
    (October 2002)
    This is the first of a two part series on drug induced psychiatric symptoms that is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Regular readers of Worst Pills, Best Pills News will recognize The Medical Letter as a reference source written for physicians and pharmacists that we often use because of its reputation as an objective and independent source of drug information. The article lists the drugs and their psychiatric adverse effects.
  • Long Term Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): The Demise of a Standard of Practice [hide all summaries]
    (September 2002)
    We hope that by now women have heard that one part of a large, long term, government sponsored clinical trial, the Women’s Health Initiative, evaluating hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was halted prematurely. The bottom line from this trial is that long term HRT’s risks outweigh its benefits. You should not be using hormone replacement therapy for any reason other than its very short term use to control the symptoms of menopause.
  • Do Not Use! The New Birth Control Pill Drospirenone With Ethinyl Estradiol (YASMIN) [hide all summaries]
    (April 2002)
    The combination birth control pill of ethinyl estradiol with drospirenone (YASMIN) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2001. Combination birth control pills contain the hormones estrogen and progestin. There is no medical reason that you should be using Yasmin rather than one of the older pills containing the progestins norgestrel, levonorgestrel or norethindrone.
  • No Evidence to Support the Use of Progesterone in the Management of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) [hide all summaries]
    (February 2002)
    Researchers from the United Kingdom reported in the October 6, 2001 issue of the British Medical Journal that published medical evidence does not support the use of progesterone in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and that it is unlikely that progestogens are effective in this disorder.
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  • Outrage: We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us [hide all summaries]
    (November 2003)
    FDA’s announcement on September 9 of a “Collaborative Campaign to Inform Women About Menopausal Hormone Therapy” sounded as though it might hold some promise; that is, until you actually went to the Collaborative Campaign web site Instead of the dry, fact-filled explanation of the risks and benefits of HRT one might expect from the FDA, the opening page on the site contained no substantive information whatsoever.

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