What is Climara (Estradiol) used for?
Climara (Estradiol) is a transdermal patch used to prevent severe menopause symptoms in women going through menopause. It operates by boosting lowered levels of estrogen in the body to reduce the appearance of symptoms including hot flashes, unusual mood swings, or vaginal dryness. This function may also prevent severe osteoporosis that affects some women going through menopause.
How should I use Climara (Estradiol)?
Climara (Estradiol) should always be used according to your physician's instructions and those included with the packaging to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One patch is normally applied each week depending on the severity of your condition and your health. To administer the patch remove one medicated patch from the packaging, peel off its backing, and apply the adhesive side to an area of skin without wrinkles or folds such as the hip or just above the buttocks. Do not apply the patch to the breast area. When replacing the patch it is suggested to change the area of application to prevent irritation. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Climara (Estradiol)?
Side effects that may occur while using Climara (Estradiol) include:
Serious side effects possibly requiring emergency medical attention are severe chest pain, muscle stiffness, intense stomach pain, a lump in the breast, slowed heart rate, severe hypertension, or jaundice. Tell your physician about any symptoms that worry you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more problems from occurring.
Climara (Estradiol) should not be used by men, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have a history of breast cancer, suspected breast cancer, a history of jaundice, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, deep vein thrombosis, tumors relying on female hormones for growth, endometrial hyperplasia, unexplained vaginal bleeding, reduced liver function, severe liver function, or reduced kidney function. Also disclose if you have anemia, epilepsy, a history of migraines, a history of depression, a family history of breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, hypertension, severe obesity, varicose veins, multiple sclerosis, internal inflammatory conditions, heart failure, gall stones, diabetes, uterine fibroids, or endometriosis. These conditions may require special adjustments to your regimen to prevent potential health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Climara (Estradiol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.