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Composition for ELESTRA

Ethinyl Estradiol(0.035 mg),Cyproterone(2 mg)

food interaction for ELESTRA

alcohol interaction for ELESTRA

pregnancy interaction for ELESTRA

lactation interaction for ELESTRA

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Taking Ethinyl Estradiol with alcohol can cause minor side effects
Elestra 0.035 mg/2 mg tablet is highly unsafe in women who are or may become pregnant.
Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the fetus and should not be given under any circumstances. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Ethinyl Estradiol(0.035 mg)


Ethinylestradiol is used to treat the deficiency of female sex hormone and associated risk of bone loss and fractures in post-menopausal women. In menstruating women, it is used for the treatment of menstrual disorders. It is also used as a hormone replacement therapy to treat young women with underdeveloped ovaries (failure of ovarian development). Ethinylestradiol is even used in men for treating prostate cancer.

How it works

Ethinylestradiol belongs to a class of medications called estrogens (female hormones). It is a synthetic form of the naturally occurring hormone and helps in development and maintenance of menstrual cycle. In post-menopausal women, it works by reducing the post-menopausal symptoms and risk of weakening bones and bone fracture.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Swelling, Abdominal pain, Altered libido, Breast tenderness, Breast pain, Burning sensation, Constipation, Depression, Pain during periods, Flatulence, Hair loss, Headache, Heartburn, Mood changes, Skin rash, Skin redness, Vaginal burning sensation, Vaginal discharge, Weight loss, Weight gain
Cyproterone(2 mg)


Cyproterone belongs to a group of medicines known as anti-androgens. It is used in the treatment  of prostate cancer, and to control the sex drive in men with hypersexuality (an increased sex drive).

How it works

Cyproterone belongs to a class of medications called anti-androgens. It acts by blocking as well as reducing the effects of male sex hormone testosterone in the body.

Common side effects

Abnormal milky discharge from breast, Altered libido, Bleeding, Blisters on skin, Burning sensation, Decreased sexual function, Decreased libido, Discoloration of skin, Increased hair growth, Impotence, Swelling of breast, Breast discomfort, Weight loss, Liver enzyme increased


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Expert advice for ELESTRA

  • Inform your doctor if you have had a uterus removal procedure or have any problems of the uterus (uterine fibroids, hyperplasia of the endometrium, uterus cancer).
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of blood clotting disorder, liver problems, gall bladder disorders (e.g. gall stones), high blood pressure, diabetes, hearing problems, breast cancer, heart problems, high levels of fats in blood or migraine.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience pain in your chest that spreads to arm or neck, unexplained migraine-type headaches, with or without disturbed vision, painful swelling in your leg, sudden chest pain and difficulty breathing.
  • Ensure that you undergo regular breast screening (for presence of lumps or any abnormal changes) and cervical smear test while taking ethinylestradiol.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to ethinylestradiol or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if having recent blood clotting problems or related conditions like heart attack.
  • Do not take if suffering from breast or uterus cancer.
  • Do not take if suffering from untreated enlargement of inner wall of uterus (endometrial hyperplasia).
  • Patients who have or had liver diseases (e.g. jaundice).
  • Do not take if having any disorder related to haemoglobin (porphyria).

Frequently asked questions for ELESTRA

Ethinyl Estradiol

Q.Is ethinylestradiol good for acne?
Ethinylestradiol may help in acne treatment. However, it is strongly recommended that you consult your doctor for advice on best treatment option suitable your condition and needs.


Q. Is cyproterone a steroid/progesterone?
Cyproterone is an anti-androgen that decreases the effect of male sex hormone testosterone in the body. It is related in structure to progesterone.
Q. Is cyproterone safe?
Cyproterone is safe, if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. What are the uses of cyproterone?
Cyproterone belongs to a class of medications called anti-androgens. It acts by blocking as well as reducing the effects of male sex hormone testosterone in the body.

Q. How does it work?
 It is used to suppress the effects of LHRH (luteinizing hormone releasing hormone; hormone which causes release of testosterone in men). It is used to reduce the excessive rise of testosterone (flare) when LHRH-like drugs are used (e.g. after prostate removal in prostate cancer).
Q. Does cyproterone lower testosterone?
Yes, cyproterone lowers testosterone by inhibiting the release of luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) that is responsible for testosterone release in men.
Q. Does Yasmin (drosperinone/ ethinyl estradiol contains cyproterone?
No, it does not contain cyproterone.


Content on this page was last updated on 21 May, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)