What is Livial?
Livial is a medicine used for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Livial tablets contain the active ingredient tibolone, which is a synthetic hormone that mimics the activity of the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones play an important role in regulating women’s monthly cycles and are produced less and less as women age. These declining levels can cause distressing symptoms, especially around menopause. Livial helps balance hormone levels and in turn reduce menopausal symptoms.
What is it used for?
Livial is used to treat menopausal symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes;
- Night sweats;
- Sleep disorders;
- Dryness of mucous membranes (eyes, vagina);
- Mood swings, nervousness, depression, irritability.
In some cases, Livial is also prescribed to prevent osteoporosis in the years after menopause. Livial is particularly suitable for women experiencing a natural menopause who have not had a period in more than 12 months, and for women who have had their ovaries removed. If you are in menopause but are still having periods, you may need to take a different hormone replacement medicine.
How to use Livial
Livial tablets should be taken daily at the same time each day with some liquid. They can be taken with or without food. If you have forgotten to take a dose, you may take it as soon as your remember. However, if you are more than 12 hours late, you should skip the missed tablet. See the package leaflet for more information on the use of this medicine.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual dose is:
- One tablet, once daily.
Be sure to read the package leaflet before you start using this medicine.
Livial may cause side effects. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Stomach ache;
- Breast tenderness or soreness;
- Breakthrough bleeding (spotting);
- Weight gain.
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Livial is usually not given to women in the fertile age bracket. If, in exceptional cases, this medicine is prescribed, it should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Livial does not affect your reaction time or impair your ability to drive safely. There are no known interactions between alcohol or specific foods and Livial.