Premarin , a conjugated estrogen product extracted from a pregnant mares' urine, is a female hormone which is generally given to women who are unable to produce the proper amount of estrogen themselves. Estrogen is needed for normal growth and development of the sex organs and for functions like bearing children.

This type of medication is taken in an oral tablet form. It also comes in the form of a patch which is applied externally to the skin or as a cream which is inserted into the vagina.

Common side effects associated with this type of medication include upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, weight changes, acne and brown or black skin patches. If the side effects appear to be getting worse or you begin feeling severe stomach pain or unusual bleeding, contact your doctor immediately.

Premarin is commonly prescribed by doctors to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sweating, vaginal discomfort and sleep disturbance. It is also used in the treatment of breast cancer in postmenopausal women and prostate cancer in men. It may also be sued to treat other illnesses and disease, as prescribed by your doctor. In addition, Premarin is also used in combination with a healthy diet and exercising to slow the progression of osteoporosis .

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