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(os- pem-i-feen) ,


(trade name)


Therapeutic: hormones
Pharmacologic: estrogen agonists antagonists
Pregnancy Category: X


Moderate to severe dyspareunia due to menopausal vulvar/vaginal atrophy.


Has agonist (estrogen-like) effects on the endometrium of the uterus; effects are tissue-specific.

Therapeutic effects

Decreased dyspareunuia.


Absorption: Well absorbed following oral administration; food enhances absorption 2–3 fold.
Distribution: Unknown.
Protein Binding: >99%.
Metabolism and Excretion: Mostly metabolized by the liver (CYP3A4 and CYP2C9 enzyme systems); 75% exceted in feces, 7% in urine as metabolites; minimal amounts excreted unchanged in urine.
Half-life: 26 hr.

Time/action profile (improvement in symptoms)

POwithin 12 wkunknownunknown


Contraindicated in: Undiagnosed/abnormal genital bleeding;History/ suspicion of estrogen-dependent cancer;History of/current DVT/PE/MI/cardiovascular/arterial thromboembolic pathology;Concurrent estrogens, estrogen agonist/antagonists, fluconazole, or rifampin; Obstetric: Known/suspected pregnancy (may cause fetal harm); Lactation: Breast feeding should be avoided.
Use Cautiously in: Patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease, arterial vascular disease or venous thromboembolism (including hypertension, obesity, family history, tobacco use, diabetes mellitus, history of DVT/PE or systemic lupus erythematosus);Known or suspected breast cancer;Severe hepatic impairment.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


  • stroke (life-threatening)
  • deep vein thrombosis/PE (life-threatening)


  • endometrial cancer (life-threatening)
  • genital/vaginal discharge


  • hot flush
  • hyperhydrosis


  • muscle spasms


Drug-Drug interaction

Blood levels, effects and risk of adverse reactions ↑ by fluconazole, avoid concurrent use.Blood levels and effects may be ↑ by ketocoanzole or other drugs that inhibit the CYP3A4 or CYP2C9 enzyme systems.Blood levels and beneficial effects ↓ by rifampin, avoid concurrent use.Avoid concurrent use of other estrogens or estrogen agonist/antagonists due to ↑ estrogen effects.May displace or be displaced by other drugs that are highly protein bound.


Oral (Adults) 60 mg once daily with food.


Tablets: 60 mg

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess amount of pain during intercourse prior to and periodically during therapy.
  • Determine methods previously use to treat dyspareunia.
  • Assess BP before and periodically during therapy.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Sexual dysfunction (Indications)
Deficient knowledge, related to medication regimen (Patient/Family Teaching)


  • Oral: Administer once daily with food.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient to take ospemifene as directed. Advise patient to read Patient Information sheet before starting therapy and with each Rx refill in case of changes.
  • Advise patient to report signs and symptoms of unusual vaginal bleeding, changes in vision or speech, sudden new severe headaches, severe pains in chest or legs with or without shortness of breath, weakness, or fatigue promptly to health care professional.
  • Inform patient that ospemifene may cause hot flashes, vaginal discharge, muscle spasm, and increased sweating.
  • Patients who still have a uterus should discuss addition of progestin with health care professional.
  • Instruct patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and consult health care professional before taking any new medications.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional of medication regimen before treatment or surgery.
  • Women should be monitored for breast and uterine cancer (pelvic exam, breast exam, mammogram) at least yearly.
  • Caution patient that cigarette smoking, high BP, high cholesterol, diabetes, and being overweight during estrogen therapy may increase risk of heart disease.
  • Ospemifene should not be taken during pregnancy. Instruct patient to notify health care professional immediately if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breast feeding.
  • Advise patient to discuss dose and need for ospemifene every 3–6 mo.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Decrease in pain during intercourse.
References in periodicals archive ?
M2 EQUITYBITES-March 13, 2017-Duchesnay Acquires Osphena Drug from Japan's Shionogi
13 March 2017 - Canadian pharma company Duchesnay has acquired exclusive Canadian and US rights to market and distribute prescription medication Osphena from Japan-based pharmaceutical company Shionogi, Inc.
Under certain conditions dependent upon annual Osphena performance, Shionogi Inc.
The label of Osphena states it "has not been adequately studied with breast cancer, therefore it should not be used in women with known or suspected breast cancer or with a history of breast cancer".
The boxed warning for Osphena states, "in the endometrium Osphena has estrogenic agonistic effects.
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved Osphena (ospemifene) to treat vaginal atrophy related to menopause.
M2 PHARMA-February 28, 2013-Shionogi receives approval for Osphena tablets(C)2013 M2 COMMUNICATIONS
Shionogi (TYO: 4507)(OSE: 4507), a Japanese pharmaceutical company, has received approval for Osphena (ospemifene) tablets from the Food and Drug Administration.
M2 EQUITYBITES-February 28, 2013-Shionogi receives approval for Osphena tablets(C)2013 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.