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Table 2 Indications and contraindications/warnings for each product

From: A survey of the availability in Canadian pharmacy chains of over-the-counter natural health products for menopause symptoms

Product Indications Contraindications/warnings
  Menopause symptoms Vasomotor Sleep Mood Other Pregnancy/breastfeeding Hormonal gynecological disorders, cancer Breast cancer Liver disorder Allergy to ingredients Blood thinning medications HRT/thyroid medications Other
Products with multiple active ingredients
Swiss Natural HRT® Regular + + - - - + + + + + + +  
Swiss Natural HRT® Extra Strength + + - - - + + + + + - + Diabetes
Swiss Natural HRT® Nightime + + + - - + - - + + - - Avoid alcohol/sedatives
Estroven® + + - - - + + + + + + +  
Estroven® Maximum Strength + + - - Bone health + + + + + - +  
Life Brand™ Menopause Relief + - - - - + - - + + - - Kidney stones
femMED® Menopause Relief + + + + - + - - + - - +  
FemmeCalm Menopause Formula + + + + - + + + + + + +  
MENOsmart™ + + - - - + - - - - + -  
Products with single active ingredient
up&up™ Black Cohosh + - - -   + - - + - - -
London Naturals® Black Cohosh + - - -   + - - + - - -  
equate® Black Cohosh + - - -   + - - + + - - May cause drowsiness
Holista® Black Cohosh + - - -   + - - + - - -  
Be.better™ Black Cohosh + - - -   + - - + - - -  
Promensil® Regular Strength + + - - Bone & heart health + + + + + + +  
Promensil® Double Strength + + + + Bone & heart health, vaginal dryness + + + + + + +  
Soy Isoflavone Complex + + - - Bone health - + + + - + +  
Menoconfort Forté + + - -   - + + + - + +  
xi-Cool® + + - -   - + + + - + -  
A. Vogel™ Menopause + + - -   + - - - + - - Epilepsy
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