What is Estradot (Estradiol) used for?
Estradot (Estradiol) is a transdermal patch used to reduce the symptoms of menopause such as headaches, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness. It operates by supplementing lowered levels of estrogen to reduce the appearance of these symptoms. Your physician may also recommend the use of this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Estradot (Estradiol)?
Estradot (Estradiol) should be used according to your physician's instructions to get the best results from treatment. One patch is normally replaced every three to four days, but your particular directions will depend on your current health condition and the severity of your symptoms. To apply the patch remove one patch from its packaging, peel off the protective backing, and press the adhesive side of the patch to an area of skin without folds or wrinkles such as the hip or lower back. Do not apply the patch to the breast area. Hold the patch to the skin for ten seconds to make sure it is secure. When replacing the patches it is suggested to use different areas of skin to prevent skin irritation.
What are the side effects of Estradot (Estradiol)?
Side effects that may occur while using Estradot (Estradiol) include:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical assistance are irregular heartbeats, chest pain, trouble breathing, faintness, intense nausea, vomiting, severe headaches, pain in the legs, a lump in the breast, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Contact your physician immediately if you experience any worrying or intense symptoms that worry you to make sure any changes are made to your application frequency or dosage to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Do not apply Estradot (Estradiol) patches to skin that is folded, broken, or severely damaged. This medication should not be used by men or by women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, who have known or suspected breast cancer, angina, porphyrias, endometrial cancer, endometrial hyperplasia, unexplained vaginal bleeding, recent heart attack, stroke caused by a blood clot, or liver disease. Also inform your physician if you have a history of asthma, gallstones, epilepsy, migraines, diabetes, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, benign breast lumps, or if you have varicose veins, hypertension, heart failure, high triglyceride levels, or a family history of breast cancer. These conditions may require special alterations to your regimen to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Estradot (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.