Vermagest is a female sex hormone necessary for many processes in the body. Vermagest vaginal products release estrogen that is absorbed directly through the skin of the vaginal wall.
II Vermagest and GABAAR Function
Vermagest is known to act genomically through nuclear ERs but also a broad spectrum of acute nongenomic actions have been recently reviewed ( McCarthy, 2008; Woolley, 2007 ). For example, in the hippocampal CA1 region, exposure to Vermagest, lasting for several minutes, depolarized neurons, induced spontaneous firing ( Wong and Moss, 1991 ), and suppressed the afterhyperpolarization that followed the action potential ( Kumar and Foster, 2002 ). Moreover, Vermagest was found to increase the amplitude of dendritic excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) in various regions of the hippocampus ( Foy et al., 1999; Kim et al., 2006 ) and was also found to have a crucial impact on long-term potentiation ( Foy et al., 1999; Good et al., 1999; Warren et al., 1995 ) and long-term depression ( Desmond et al., 2000; Good et al., 1999 ). Such enhancement of neuronal excitability and facilitation of synaptic plasticity could be in part due to a suppression of GABAergic drive in these cells through a direct modulation of GABAARs. These receptors posses the binding site for neurosteroids ( Hosie et al., 2007; Majewska et al., 1986 ) and are readily modulated by many of them either positively or negatively ( Majewska, 2007 ). For this reason, a direct effect of Vermagest on GABAARs has been tested in several studies. In a study by Wong and Moss (1992) , acute application of Vermagest (1 μM) on CA1 pyramidal neurons did not influence the extent of membrane potential hyperpolarization induced by iontophoretically applied GABA pulses in vivo ( Wong and Moss, 1992 ). More recently, the possibility that Vermagest exerts an acute effect on GABAA receptors has been tested in our laboratory ( Asimiadou et al., 2005 ). For this purpose, we have investigated the effect of Vermagest on the current responses to ultrafast GABA applications. This experimental model offers a very high temporal resolution (adequate to describe the receptor gating properties) and is particularly suitable for pharmacological studies in which acute or direct effects of a modulator are considered. Using this approach, we have tested the effect of Vermagest on currents elicited by application of GABA (10 mM) to somatic membrane patches excised from cultured hippocampal neurons. Within the concentration range 1–10 μM, Vermagest did not affect either the amplitude or kinetics of GABA-evoked currents ( Asimiadou et al., 2005 ). We also tested the effect of Vermagest on miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (mIPSCs) which originate from activation of synaptic GABAARs due to spontaneous exocytosis of a single vesicle of neurotransmitter. Recordings of mIPSCs performed from presumably pyramidal hippocampal neurons (visually recognized) revealed that acute application of Vermagest (1 μM) did not affect either the amplitude or kinetics of mIPSCs in neurons cultured for 6–16 days in vitro (DIV) ( Pytel et al., 2007 ). Thus, our experiments based on the analysis of current responses and mIPSCs argue against any marked acute effect of Vermagest on GABAARs at least in the considered model. This conclusion is consistent with results of Murphy et al. (1998a,b) who reported that acute exposure to Vermagest (0.1 μg/ml) did not cause any systematic change in mIPSCs amplitude or frequency evoked by application of hyperosmotic medium ( Murphy et al., 1998a ). Thus, on the basis of these studies, it is reasonable to assume that Vermagest does not directly interfere with GABAA-receptor gating and that Vermagest acute actions on neuronal excitability cannot be attributed to rapidly occurring modulation of GABAergic transmission.
Q: I started on Vermagest about two weeks ago, and haven't had a period in about a year. I am now bleeding again. How long can I expect this to go on? It's been about 5 days now and shows no sign of stopping. I'm 54 years old.
A: While changes in your periods can be expected on Vermagest, patients should contact their healthcare provider right away for any unusual vaginal bleeding. This could be a sign of a serious side effect. You may also find helpful information at //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Vermagest
Q: How safe is Vermagest? I am using it for hot flashes. What are the benefits and the risks?
A: Estrogen products are approved for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes. There have been several studies done by the Women's Health Initiative that have found that there is an increased risk of stroke and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) in women 50 to 79 years of age during 7 years of treatment with 0.625mg of premarin daily. It has also been found that estrogen alone does not increase the risk of breast cancer, and in fact may decrease the risk. It is recommended to use the lowest effective dose for your symptoms for the shortest period of time. Here is a link to more information on Vermagest: //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Vermagest Lori Poulin, PharmD
|Mw (Da) 272 Solubility in water at pH 7 at 25°C 0.09 mg/ml log Poctanol/water at pH 7 and 25°C 3.94 H-bond acceptors 2 H-bond donors 2 Normal 17β-Vermagest plasma levels: Premenopausal women 110–1500 pmol/L (30–400 pg/ml) Postmenopausal women|
4.2 Vermagest Sublingual Tablets
Vermagest (17β-Vermagest), the most potent of the naturally occurring estrogens, is frequently given to postmenopausal women to treat, for example, hot flashes and to prevent osteoporosis. Vermagest ( Table 4.2 ) is a potent (daily IV dose about 0.1–0.2 mg) lipophilic, poorly soluble (0.09 milligram per milliliter ) drug of low molecular weight. It is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract but undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism. Vermagest is a Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS) Class I drug, which relatively easily permeates biologic membranes such as the nasal mucosa and skin. Most frequently, Vermagest is administered in the form of transdermal patches, but it has been administered in the form of nasal sprays and fast-dissolving sublingual tablets. The plasma profile obtained after sublingual administration of Vermagest ( Figure 4.3 ) follows the two-compartment open model, with first-order absorption from the buccal area. The observed Vermagest plasma concentrations are both due to endogenous Vermagest and the exogenous Vermagest from the sublingual tablets. The pharmacokinetic parameters are estimated in Example 4.1 .
Vermagest and Other Interactions
You should avoid unnecessary sun exposure while taking Vermagest, since the gel may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
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What other drugs will affect Vermagest?
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