Menopause Medication Warning

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Children and pets who come in contact with the menopause medication known as Evamist could experience some serious side effects.

The Food and Drug Administration says inadvertant exposure from the hormone spray could result in side effects that include premature puberty, nipple swelling and breast development in girls, and breast enlargement in boys.  There is also a report that the spray has caused premature puberty in children as young as three.

Evamist contains something called estradiol, an estrogen hormone, and is used in women to reduce hot flashes during menopause. The drug is sprayed on the skin between the elbow and wrist, on the inside of the forearm.  

The FDA says if children come into contact with Evamist they should wash the area immediately with soap and water and contact a physician if there are additional problems.

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