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Millions of women have been prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs to treat symptoms related to menopause. HRT drugs include:

  • Oral Estrogens (including Premarin and Cenestin)
  • Topical Estrogens (including Alora, Climara, and Vivelle)
  • Progestins (including Prempro)

HRT medications have been prescribed to relieve menopausal symptoms and to prevent things like heart disease and dementia. However, reports – like one from the Toronto Sun – have shown that HRT drugs instead increase the risk of diseases they were marketed to prevent and greatly increase the risk of breast cancer.

  • 41% increase in Stroke
  • 29% increase in Heart Attack
  • 26% increase in Breast Cancer
  • 22% increase in Cardiovascular Disease

HRT drug makers, like Wyeth (which makes Prempro), hired ghostwriters to submit articles in peer-reviewed journals to make its Prempro HRT drug appear safer that it actually was. The ghostwriters commissioned by the drug maker were paid to downplay HRT risks and promote the company’s drugs.

Make sure you have all of the information about the risks of HRT medications if you are considering – or are already taking – these medications.

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