Both bazedoxifene and conjugated estrogens bind to α and β estrogen receptors. Conjugated estrogen acts as an agonist at these receptors. Bazedoxifene acts as an agonist in some tissues and an antagonist in other tissues, including the uterus. The combined effect is estrogen replacement while minimizing the risk of endometrial hyperplasia and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Reduced vasomotor symptoms of menopause with reduced risk of endometrial hyperplasia and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Concurrent use with UGT inducers including carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin and rifampin may ↓ bazedoxifene levels and result in ↑ risk of endometrial hyperplasia (monitoring during long term concurrent use is recommended)
Concurrent use with CYP3A4 inhibitors including clarithromycin, erythromycin, itraconazole, , ketoconazole or ritonavir may ↑ levels of conjugated estrogens and the risk of endometrial hyperplasia (monitoring during long term concurrent use is recommended)
Assess for frequency and intensity of postmenopausal vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes).
Assess BP before and periodically during therapy.
Monitor intake and output ratios and weekly weight. Report significant discrepancies or steady weight gain.
Lab Test Considerations:
May cause hypocalcemia.
May cause ↑ HDL and triglycerides, and ↓ serum LDL concentrations.
May cause ↑ prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, and platelet aggregation time. May ↑ factors II, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII levels. May ↓ antithrombin III, ↑ levels of fibrinogen and fibrinogen activity and plasminogen antigen and activity.
May cause ↑ thyroid-binding globulin causing increased circulating total thyroid hormone; may require higher doses of thyroid replacement therapy.
Instruct patient to take medication as directed. Take missed doses as soon as remembered unless almost time for next dose; do not double doses. Advise patient to keep Duavee in original container to protect from moisture; avoid placing in pill boxes or organizers. Open only one blister pouch and one tablet at a time; record date opened and discard after 60 days. Advise patient to read Medication Guide before starting therapy and with each Rx refill in case of changes.
Advise patient to avoid grapefruit juice during therapy.
Instruct patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to avoid concurrent use of Rx, OTC, and herbal products, especially progestins, additional estrogens, or additional estrogen agonist/antagonists without consulting health care professional; may increase risk of uterine cancer.
Advise patient to report signs and symptoms of fluid retention (swelling of ankles and feet, weight gain), thromboembolic disorders (pain, swelling, tenderness in extremities; headache; chest pain; blurred vision), new breast lumps, changes in vision or speech, sudden new severe headaches, severe pains in chest or legs with or without shortness or breath, weakness, and fatigue, or abnormal vaginal bleeding to health care professional.
Caution patient that cigarette smoking during estrogen therapy may increase risk of serious side effects, especially for women over age 35.
Advise patient treated for osteoporosis that exercise has been found to arrest and reverse bone loss. Discuss any exercise limitations with health care professional before beginning program.
Emphasize the importance of routine follow-up physical exams, including BP; breast, abdomen, and pelvic examinations; Papanicolaou smears every 6–12 mo; and mammogram every 12 mo or as directed. Health care professional will evaluate possibility of discontinuing medication every 3–6 mo.
Advise patient to notify health care professional promptly if unusual vaginal bleeding occurs during therapy. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a sign of uterine cancer.
Advise patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected and to avoid breastfeeding. May cause fetal harm.