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bazedoxifene/conjugated estrogens

(ba-ze-dox-i-feen / kon-joo-gay-ted es-troe-jenz ) ,


(trade name)


Therapeutic: bone resorption inhibitors
Pharmacologic: selective estrogen receptor modulators
Pregnancy Category: X


Treatment of moderate/severe vasomotor symptoms of menopause in female patients with an intact uterus. Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis in female patients with an intact uterus (supplemental calcium and vitamin D recommended if dietary intake is not adequate).


Both bazedoxifene and conjugated estrogens bind to α and β estrogen receptors. Conjugated estrogen acts as an agonist at these receptors. Bazedoxifene acts as an agonist in some tissues and an antagonist in other tissues, including the uterus. The combined effect is estrogen replacement while minimizing the risk of endometrial hyperplasia and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Therapeutic effects

Reduced vasomotor symptoms of menopause with reduced risk of endometrial hyperplasia and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis.


Absorption: Bazedoxifene—6% absorbed following oral administration; conjugated estrogens—well absorbed following oral administration
Distribution: Bazedoxifene—unk; conjugated estrogens—widely distributed, higher concentrations found in sex hormone target organs, enter breast milk.
Protein Binding: Bazedoxifene—98–99%
Metabolism and Excretion: Bazedoxifene—undergoes extensive metabolism by UGT enzymes in the intestinal tract and liver, undergoes biliary excretion with enterohepatic recycling and elimination in feces (85%); conjugated estrogens—highly metabolized (CYP3A4 enzyme system), some metabolites are hormonally active; metabolites are renally eliminated.
Half-life: Bazedoxifene—30 hr; conjugated estrogens—17 hr (estrone).

Time/action profile (effect on vasomotor symptoms†)

POwithin 4 wk12 wkduration of treatment
†effects on osteoporosis were noted at 12–24 mos and lasted throughout treatment (5 yr)


Contraindicated in: Undiagnosed/abnormal vaginal bleeding;Not recommended for use in hepatic or renal impairment or BMI > 27 kg/m2 (↑ risk of endometrial hyperplasia;History of known/suspected breast cancer or other estrogen-dependent cancer;Active or past history of thromboembolism including stroke, myocardial infarction or pulmonary embolism; Known protein C, protein S or antithrombin deficiency or other thrombophilic disorders; Geriatric: not recommended for use in patients ≥ 75 yr, has been associated with dementia in patients ≥ 65 yr Obstetric: May cause fetal harm, do not use during pregnancy or in women who may become pregnant. Lactation: Estrogen enters breast milk, should not be used in breastfeeding women.
Use Cautiously in: Risk factors for thromboembolic phenomenon including diabetes, family history, obesity or systemic lupus erythematosus.History of cholestatic jaundice associated with estrogen use.Hypothyroidism (may need ↑ dose of thyroid replacement)History of hereditary angioedema (estrogen may provoke)History of asthma, diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, migraine, porphyria, systemic lupus erythematosus or hepatic hemangiomas (estrogen may exacerbate these conditions)

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


  • thromboembolism (life-threatening)
  • ↑ blood pressure
  • edema

Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat

  • retinal vascular thrombosis


  • cholestatic jaundice
  • diarrhea
  • dyspepsia
  • gall bladder disease
  • nausea
  • oropharyngeal pain
  • upper abdominal pain


  • hot flash (most frequent)

Fluid and Electrolyte

  • hypocalemia


  • muscle spasms
  • neck pain



Drug-Drug interaction

Concurrent use with UGT inducers including carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin and rifampin may ↓ levels and result in ↑ risk of endometrial hyperplasia (monitoring during long term concurrent use is recommended)


Conjugated estrogens

Drug-Drug interaction

Concurrent use with CYP3A4 inhibitors including clarithromycin, erythromycin, itraconazole, , ketoconazole or ritonavir may ↑ levels of conjugated estrogens and the risk of endometrial hyperplasia (monitoring during long term concurrent use is recommended)Concurrent use with CYP3A4 inducers including carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and rifampin may ↓ effectiveness and alter uterine bleeding patterns. Concurrent use of progestins, other estrogens or estrogen agonist/antagonists may alter the effectiveness or treatment and/or ↑ risk of adverse reactions and should be avoided.Concurrent use with St. John's wort may ↓ effectiveness and alter uterine bleeding patterns.Concurrent use with grapefruit juice may ↑ levels of conjugated estrogens and the risk of endometrial hyperplasia.


Oral (Adults) One tablet daily (bazedoxifene 20 mg/conjugated estrogen 0.45 mg).


Tablets: Bazedoxifene—20 mg/conjugated estrogens—0.45 mg

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess for frequency and intensity of postmenopausal vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes).
  • Assess BP before and periodically during therapy.
  • Monitor intake and output ratios and weekly weight. Report significant discrepancies or steady weight gain.
  • Lab Test Considerations: May cause hypocalcemia.
    • May cause ↑ HDL and triglycerides, and ↓ serum LDL concentrations.
    • May cause ↑ prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, and platelet aggregation time. May ↑ factors II, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII levels. May ↓ antithrombin III, ↑ levels of fibrinogen and fibrinogen activity and plasminogen antigen and activity.
    • May cause ↑ thyroid-binding globulin causing increased circulating total thyroid hormone; may require higher doses of thyroid replacement therapy.
    • May cause impaired glucose tolerance.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Sexual dysfunction (Indications)


  • Supplemental calcium and/or vitamin D should be added if diet inadequate.
  • Oral: Administer once daily without regard to meals. Swallow tablets whole; do not crush, break, or chew.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient to take medication as directed. Take missed doses as soon as remembered unless almost time for next dose; do not double doses. Advise patient to keep Duavee in original container to protect from moisture; avoid placing in pill boxes or organizers. Open only one blister pouch and one tablet at a time; record date opened and discard after 60 days.
  • Advise patient to avoid grapefruit juice during therapy.
  • Instruct patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to avoid concurrent use of Rx, OTC, and herbal products, especially progestins, additional estrogens, or additional estrogen agonist/antagonists without consulting health care professional; may increase risk of uterine cancer.
  • Advise patient to report signs and symptoms of fluid retention (swelling of ankles and feet, weight gain), thromboembolic disorders (pain, swelling, tenderness in extremities; headache; chest pain; blurred vision), new breast lumps, changes in vision or speech, sudden new severe headaches, severe pains in chest or legs with or without shortness or breath, weakness, and fatigue, or abnormal vaginal bleeding to health care professional.
  • Caution patient that cigarette smoking during estrogen therapy may increase risk of serious side effects, especially for women over age 35.
  • Advise patient treated for osteoporosis that exercise has been found to arrest and reverse bone loss. Discuss any exercise limitations with health care professional before beginning program.
  • Emphasize the importance of routine follow-up physical exams, including BP; breast, abdomen, and pelvic examinations; Papanicolaou smears every 6–12 mo; and mammogram every 12 mo or as directed. Health care professional will evaluate possibility of discontinuing medication every 3–6 mo.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding. May cause fetal harm.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Reduction in frequency and intensity of moderate to severe hot flashes.
  • Decreased risk of development of osteoporosis.
    • Therapy should be used for the shortest time possible and need for therapy evaluated regularly.
References in periodicals archive ?
The second SERM generation includes raloxifene, and newer SERM molecules are bazedoxifene, lasofixene, teremifene, ospemifene and arzoxifene [22, 23].
Examples of SERMS include, tamoxifen for treatment of estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer, raloxifene for postmenopausal osteoporosis, and bazedoxifene (BZA) to prevent osteoporosis while blocking estrogenic stimulation in breast and uterus.
Are any studies being done to look at bazedoxifene in these patients alone or especially in combination with an estrogen?
Stuenkel talks about two of the newer SERM options--ospemifene for dyspareunia and a combination of the SERM bazedoxifene and conjugated equine estrogens that's available outside of the United States--to treat vasomotor symptoms or for prevention of bone loss.
According to Food and Drug Administration, the medicine is the first product that combines estrogen with estrogen agonist/antagonist bazedoxifene, which reduces the risk of endometrial hyperplasia.
The findings by Duke Cancer Institute indicate that the drug bazedoxifene packs a powerful one-two punch that not only prevents estrogen from fueling breast cancer cell growth, but also flags the estrogen receptor for destruction.
Use of a combination of bazedoxifene and conjugated estrogens had no significant impact on breast density (a potential risk factor for breast cancer) in postmenopausal women, based on data from the SMART-5 trial.
The combination of the selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) bazedoxifene and conjugated estrogens produced "very favorable" changes in lipid profiles and no clinically meaningful effects on coagulation parameters, fibrinolytic activity, or carbohydrate metabolism in the phase III SMART-1 trial, Dr.
15) Bazedoxifene alone at doses of 20 mg and 40 mg daily has been compared to placebo and raloxifene at 60 mg daily in a fracture reduction study.
A Wyeth drug called Viviant, known chemically as bazedoxifene, was tested for three years on about 7,500 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.
Some of the more promising compounds are Tygacil, a broad-spectrum antibiotic; Lybrel, a low-dose oral contraceptive; bazedoxifene for osteoporosis and menopausal symptoms; and Pristiq for depression and other neurological disorders.