Tofacitinib (Less Than 20 mg daily)/Estrogens Interactions

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Medical warning:

Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

The combination of estrogens and tofacitinib may make you more likely to have a blood clot.

What might happen:

Your body may form an unwanted blood clot, especially in the lungs, which may be life threatening.

What you should do about this interaction:

Let your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together and if you smoke, have a history of blood clots, problems with your blood, or heart disease; or if you have been confined to a bed or wheelchair. These conditions may also increase your risk of a blood clot. Your doctor may lower the dose or stop your tofacitinib.Let your doctor know right away if you develop pain and/or swelling of an arm or leg with warmth over the area, discoloration of an arm or leg, unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort that worsens on deep breathing, unexplained rapid pulse, excessive sweating, and/or numbness on one side of your body.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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