Yet another reason to kill myself before I hit menopause. I just logged a 60-second ad for the estrogen drug Premarin, which consists of approximately 7 seconds of advertising and 53 seconds of warnings and side effects lists. Here is a verbatim record, so you know I am not making this up.
If you don’t have symptoms, consider a non-estrogen treatment instead of an estrogen treatment like Premarin to prevent bone loss. Premarin should not be used to prevent, and may increase the risk of, heart disease, heart attack, stroke or dementia, and may increase the risk of breast cancer and blood clots, so use it for the shortest time possible based on goals and risks. If you have a uterus, estrogen increases the risk of uterine cancer. Premarin is not right for every woman. Discuss its use regularly with your doctor. Do not use Premarin if you have had unusual vaginal bleeding, breast or uterine cancer, blood clots, liver problems, stroke, or heart attack, or think you may be pregnant. Side effects may include vaginal yeast infection, leg or abdominal cramps. Isn’t it time you asked about Premarin?
Uh, no. No, it isn’t.
Call me a prude, but I’d prefer a hot flash or two to dementia, stroke, yeast infections and uterine cancer (if, of course, I have a uterus).
What the fuck has this world come to? Don’t answer that.