Women still taking pills linked to strokes, cancer

December 3, 2010 2:40:02 PM PST
Despite all the warnings, many older women are still taking high doses of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy have fallen more than 50-percent in the U.S. But experts say doctors are still inexplicably giving women high-dose pills linked to strokes and cancer.

The US FDA does not say women should avoid taking HRT but it does recommend taking the lowest possible dose for the shortest period of time.

Scientists reporting in the journal Menopause say they thought over time after studies revealed health concerns that there might be a greater tailoring of therapy to give lower doses of HRT. But that has not been the case. Many experts believe lower dose formulations may be a safer way to deliver HRT.


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