Estradiol patch (Absorbed through the skin)
Treats symptoms of menopause (including hot flashes and vaginal problems) in women with a uterus. Also treats low estrogen levels and prevent osteoporosis after menopause.
Alora (Twice-Weekly), Climara (Once-Weekly), Dotti (Twice-Weekly), Lyllana, Menostar (Once-Weekly), Minivelle (Twice-Weekly), Vivelle-Dot (Twice-Weekly)There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use if you had an allergic reaction to estradiol, or if you have unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by your doctor. Do not use it if you have liver disease, breast cancer, estrogen-dependent tumors, bleeding problems, blood clots, dementia, heart or blood vessel disease, or had a heart attack or stroke.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will tell you how many patches to use, where to apply them, and how often to apply them. Do not use more patches or apply them more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying a patch.
- Leave the patch in its sealed wrapper until you are ready to put it on. Tear the wrapper open carefully. NEVER CUT the wrapper or the patch with scissors. Do not use any patch that has been cut by accident.
- The patient instructions will show the body areas where you can wear the patch. When putting on each new patch, choose a different place within these areas. Do not put the new patch on the same place you wore the last one. Be sure to remove the old patch before applying a new one.
- Place the patch on a clean, dry area of your lower stomach or upper buttock area, where there is no oil, lotion, or powder. Do not apply the patch on or near your breasts, over cut or broken skin, or in a spot where it might rub off (including the waistline).
- Press the patch firmly in place with your hand for about 10 seconds.
- Change your patch on the same days of each week, to help you remember.
- If you have any adhesive left on your skin after you remove the patch, allow it to dry for 15 minutes. Then gently rub the sticky area with oil or lotion to remove the adhesive.
- You may take a bath, shower, or swim while wearing a patch.
- Fold the used patch in half with the sticky side together. Place it in a sturdy childproof container and throw away, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not flush the patch down the toilet.
- Missed dose: If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply a new patch and skip the one you missed. Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.
- If a patch falls off, just put it back on a different area. If the patch does not stick completely, put on a new patch, but continue to follow your original schedule for changing to a new one.
- Store the patches at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not open the pouch until you are ready to use the patch.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Some foods and medicines can affect how estradiol works. Tell your doctor if you are using carbamazepine, clarithromycin, erythromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, phenobarbital, rifampin, ritonavir, St John's wort, thyroid medicine, or a blood thinner (including warfarin).
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Pregnancy after menopause is not likely, but if you think you could be pregnant, tell your doctor. This medicine could harm an unborn baby.
- Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, asthma, diabetes, endometriosis, seizures, migraine headaches, porphyria, lupus, thyroid problems, hereditary angioedema, edema (swelling), high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, obesity, or a history of cancer. Tell your doctor if you have had your uterus (womb) removed (hysterectomy) or if you are having surgery that will require inactivity for a long time.
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots
- Increased risk of endometrial cancer, breast cancer, or uterine cancer
- Possible risk of dementia, especially in women 65 years of age and older
- Gallbladder disease
- Eye or vision problems
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol or fats in the blood
- Thyroid problems
- Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blurred or other changes in vision
- Breast lumps or tenderness
- Chest pain that may spread,, trouble breathing, or coughing up blood
- Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
- Fever, diarrhea, muscle pain, dizziness, fainting
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body, sudden or severe headache, problems with vision, speech, or walking
- Rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
- Redness, pain, burning, or itching in or near your vagina
- Unusual vaginal bleeding or heavy bleeding
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Skin redness or itching where the patch is placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 6/2/2022