Sandrena 1mg Gel Sachet 28


Drug Name: oestradiol
Our Price $13.50
PBS $0.00
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

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This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Sandrena 1mg Gel Sachet 28

Sandrena 1mg Gel Sachet 28

Product ID: 7517

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

Before administration of this medicine please read this leaflet carefully. If you have any questions or worries ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What is in this leaflet

What Sandrena is used for

Before you use Sandrena

Using Sandrena

While you are using Sandrena

Side effects

After using Sandrena

Product Description

The name of your medicine is Sandrena.

A doctor's prescription is required to obtain this medicine.

This leaflet answers some common questions about Sandrena. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place to talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this information with the pack. You may wish to read it again.

General advice
1. This medicine has been prescribed only for your current medical problem. It should not be used for other medical conditions.
2. Never give your medicine to anyone else and do not use medicines meant for other people.
3. Tell every doctor treating you what medicines you are taking. Always carry a medical information card stating which medicines you are using. This can be very important if for example you are involved in an accident.
4. Return unused medicines to your pharmacy for disposal.
5. Make sure that other people who live with you or who look after you read this information.

What Sandrena is used for

During and after the menopause the production of sex hormones by the body decreases. Women may then suffer from complaints such as hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal irritation, depression, and loss of sexual desire. Sandrena can be used for the short-term relief of menopausal complaints.

It can also relieve these symptoms in women who have had their ovaries removed. Relief of symptoms usually starts within a few weeks, but optimal results are obtained after three months of treatment. Sandrena is not intended for contraceptive use.

If you have not had a hysterectomy, your doctor will probably combine the Sandrena treatment with another hormone product, a progestogen. This would be for about 10 to 14 days per month.

Before you use Sandrena

Sandrena may not be suitable for you if you suffer from certain medical conditions. Before you start to use Sandrena make sure you tell your doctor if you answer YES to any of the following questions:-
1. are you pregnant or do you think you may be pregnant?
2. do you have a tumour (e.g. a breast tumour or a tumour in your womb)?
3. do you have or have you ever had heart disease or blood vessel problems?
4. do you have or have you ever had thrombosis (blood clots)?
5. have you recently had unexpected vaginal bleeding?
6. do you have or have you ever had liver disease?
7. do you have uterine fibroids? Careful examinations should be performed, by your doctor, at regular intervals during therapy.
8. have you had heart failure, kidney problems or severe hypertension?

Also tell your doctor if:
you have or have ever had too much cholesterol or other fatty substances in the blood.
you have been treated with other sex hormones recently.

Tell your doctor if you are or think you are allergic to any of the components of the gel. The ingredients are listed at the end of this leaflet.

Your doctor will conduct a complete gynaecological examination before commencement with Sandrena.

Breast cancer
Before starting with hormone replacement therapy (HT) you have to inform your doctor of your personal and family medical history. You will get a general and gynaecological examination. You will also get periodic check-ups, especially examinations of the breasts. Every woman is at risk of getting breast cancer, whether or not she takes HT. Breast cancer has been found slightly more often in women using HT than in women of the same age who have never used HT.

It is not known whether Sandrena is associated with the same higher chance of having breast cancer diagnosed as other hormone replacement therapies.

Nevertheless, if you are concerned about the risk of breast cancer, discuss the risk compared to the benefits of treatment with your doctor.

There may be an increased risk of stroke when using this product.

Ovarian Cancer
There is an increased risk of ovarian cancer for women taking an oestrogen only product like Sandrena.

Women who still have a uterus must take both oestrogen and progestogen as part of HRT. This is because oestrogen stimulates the growth of the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium). Before menopause this lining is shed during your period through the action of a natural progestogen.

After menopause, taking oestrogen on its own as HRT may lead to irregular bleeding and a disorder of the uterus lining called endometrial hyperplasia, which can become endometrial cancer. Progestogens help protect the lining of the uterus from developing this disorder.

Also, clinical studies on similar products showed a possible increased risk of cardiovascular problems in the first year of use and no benefit thereafter.

Thrombosis (blood clots)
All women have a very small chance of having a blood clot in the veins of the leg, lung or other parts of the body whether or not they take HT. Using some forms of HT may slightly increase this small chance. Whether or not Sandrena may increase the chance of having a blood clot is not known.

You are more likely to have a blood clot (whether or not you use HT) if:
you are very overweight
you have had a blood clot in the veins of your legs or in your lungs before
blood clots run in your family
you have systemic lupus erythematosus (a disease of your immune system)
you are unable to move for long periods, for example after a long illness or major operation
may be also if you have varicose veins.

If any of these apply to you, you should talk to your doctor about whether you should use Sandrena.

If you get a blood clot while you are using Sandrena you should stop taking it immediately and contact your doctor. Warning signs to look out for are:
unusual pains or swelling of your legs
pain in your chest or sudden shortness of breath

Other medicines may influence the effects of Sandrena, or Sandrena may affect other medicines. You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking (or intend to take) other medicines such as:-
barbiturates, carbamazepine and hydantoins (medicines for epilepsy or sleeplessness);
rifampicin (medicine for bacterial infections);
meprobamate and phenylbutazone.

These drugs may reduce the effects of Sandrena. Sandrena may also reduce the effectiveness of other medicines such as some oral hypoglycaemics (medicines which lower blood sugar), antihypertensives (medicines which lower blood pressure) and some anticoagulants (medicines which "thin" the blood). Let your pharmacist or doctor know if you are a diabetic, or are being treated for blood clotting or high blood pressure.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or think you may be pregnant, do not use Sandrena.

Yearly medical checks are recommended. Additionally the doctor may check with you on how the treatment is progressing every six months or so.

Using Sandrena

Apply Sandrena as directed by your doctor. You should also read the instructions on the label of your medicine. If you are not sure how to use Sandrena ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How and when to apply Sandrena.

Rub the contents of one to two sachets daily on your lower abdomen or thighs. The application surface area should be one to two times the size of the hand.

Sandrena should not be applied on the breasts, face or irritated skin. Avoid contact with eyes, if Sandrena does get into your eyes, wash out thoroughly with water. Wash hands thoroughly immediately after application.

In clinical trials the use of Sandrena has infrequently caused irritation of the skin. The chance of skin reactions can be further decreased by changing the area of application daily (e.g. left and right side on alternate days). Sandrena is used either cyclically or continuously, in individually adjusted doses. Most patients can start with a 1.0 mg oestradiol dose daily.

If you have not had a hysterectomy, your doctor will probably prescribe a progestogen for cyclical use, to help prevent overgrowth of the tissues lining your womb.

With cyclic progestogen use a withdrawal bleed resembling normal menstruation will occur after the progestogen treatment. Unexpected or prolonged uterine bleeding during therapy should be reported to your doctor and its cause clarified.

What to do if you miss a dose.

If you forget to apply the gel do so as soon as you remember, unless you are more than twelve hours late. If you are more than twelve hours late, do not apply the missed dose and just carry on with the next dose as normal. While you are using Sandrena Ability to drive or operate machinery. As far as is known, Sandrena has no effect on alertness and concentration.

If you are unsure of any of the aspects of this product, please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects of Sandrena

Side effects, which may or may not be related to Sandrena are most common in the first months of the treatment. They are usually mild leading only seldom to discontinuation of the treatment.

Common (>1/100): tension in the breasts, headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, oedema, weight increase, unscheduled or breakthrough bleedings.

Uncommon (<1/100): skeletal pain, itching, muscle pain nervousness, depression

Tell your doctor if spotting occurs, or if any side-effects become troublesome or continue. It is also important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any other unusual or unexpected symptoms during treatment with Sandrena.

Seek advice before using other medications to deal with any side effects you may have.

You should stop using Sandrena if you experience any signs of thrombosis (headache or pain elsewhere in your body, dizziness, fainting, disturbances in vision, swollen ankles), or jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin).


If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or think you may be pregnant, do not use Sandrena.


If someone has taken or used several sachets at once, there is no need for great concern. However, you should consult a doctor. Symptoms that may arise are nausea and vomiting. Vaginal bleeding may occur after a few days.

After Using Sandrena


Keep your Sandrena gel in the original container in a safe place out of the reach of children. Check if there are special storage conditions given on the box. The expiry date (sometimes written as "exp") is also printed on the strip of sachets - do not use after this date.


Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist.

Product Description

What it looks like.

Packs contain 28 loose foil sachets. The sachets are marked Organon and Sandrena 0.1% with the pack size, batch number and expiry date.


Sandrena consists of 0.1% oestradiol. Each sachet contains 1.0 mg of oestradiol.

Sandrena also contains the following inactive ingredients: carbomer 934P, triethanolamine, propylene glycol, ethanol and water.


Orion Corporation
Tengströminkatu 6-8
PO Box 425
20101 Turku

Organon (Australia) Pty Limited
Lane Cove NSW 2066

AUST R No. 93609 (1.0 g)

This leaflet was prepared in
August 2004.

A copy of this leaflet can also be found at www.organon.com.au

The information supplied relates only to Sandrena and should not be used in relation to any other product which may also contain the same active ingredients.

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