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New Drug Approved For Postmenopausal Pain During Sex

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: June 2013 - Volume 113 - Issue 6 - p 24
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000431265.70708.6a
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  • Ospemifene (Osphena) is a new drug for postmenopausal women who suffer from painful intercourse (dyspareunia).
  • The drug has estrogen agonist effects in the endometrium that increase the risks of endometriosis and endometrial cancer; estrogen antagonist effects elsewhere in the body increase the risk of thrombotic stroke and deep vein thrombosis.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner is the course coordinator for undergraduate pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She also coordinates Drug Watch: daschen1@jhu.edu.

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