Is Evamist Safe? Bad Effects Among Kids and Pets! Is Evamist, a a drug for women to treat hot flashes caused by menopause, safe? Well the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it so it must be safe if used properly for its intended purpose.
However, FDA has issued an advisory urging those using Evamist to ensure that “children and pets do not make contact with skin where Evamist has been sprayed”.
According to some reports that the FDA is current reviewing, Evamist has dangerous effects to children who were unintentionally exposed to the drug.
What are these adverse effects, you ask? For girls, it could be premature puberty, nipple swelling, and breast development. Meantime, there were reports of breast enlargement among boys exposed to Evamist.
Pets exposed to Evamist, meanwhile, may exhibit signs such as mammary/nipple enlargement and vulvar swelling.
Here are some FDA pointers to remember on the use of Evamist:
FDA recommends that women using Evamist
- not allow children to come in contact with the area of the arm where Evamist was sprayed
- not allow pets to lick or touch the arm where Evamist was sprayed. Small pets may be especially sensitive to the estrogen in Evamist. Contact a veterinarian if your pet shows signs of nipple and/or vulvar enlargement, or any other sign of illness
- wear a garment that covers the arm where Evamist was sprayed if they know they cannot keep a child or pet from making contact with it
- talk with their health care professional if they have questions about the possibility of exposing a child to Evamist
- read the patient package insert when picking up a prescription for Evamist
If Contact Occurs: If a child comes in contact with the part of the arm where Evamist was sprayed, FDA recommends
- washing the child’s skin with soap and water as soon as possible
- contacting the child’s health care professional if the child begins to have any of the following signs or symptoms: nipple or breast swelling or breast tenderness in girls, or breast enlargement in boys. Be sure to tell the health care professional that the child may have been exposed to Evamist.
Is Evamist Safe? Bad Effects Among Kids and Pets! Posted 8 August 2010. Last updated on 8 August 2010.