Prempro is a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drug that has been used by many women to treat the symptoms of menopause. However, an extensive study of Prempro was halted in 2002 after the drug was found to pose serious health risks. Researchers noted that women taking Prempro were more likely to suffer from stroke, heart attack, and breast cancer. The study, known as the Women's Health Initiative, was in the fifth of a planned eight years when it was terminated.
Although there has been debate over the possible health effects of HRT for some time, many women have depended on drugs such as Prempro to help them deal with troubling symptoms of menopause. And Prempro did prove to guard against hip fractures and colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, the Women's Health Initiative found that Prempro's risks far outweighed its potential benefits. Prempro was found to increase a woman's chance of stroke by 41%, cardiovascular disease by 29%, and breast cancer by 26%. These disturbing numbers prompted not only the ending of the Women's Health Initiative Prempro study, but also led to calls for women to stop using Prempro by the American Heart Association and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
If you have taken Prempro or another estrogen-progestin HRT drug, contact your doctor to discuss your options. Please contact us if you feel you have been harmed by taking Prempro.