Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Alora, Climara, Estraderm, Estradiol Patch, Menostar, Vivelle, Vivelle-Dot
Generic Name: estradiol transdermal (Pronunciation: ES tra DYE ole tranz DERM al)
What is estradiol transdermal (Alora, Climara, Estraderm, Estradiol Patch, Menostar, Vivelle, Vivelle-Dot)?
Estradiol is a form of estrogen, a female sex hormone that regulates many processes in the body.
Estradiol transdermal skin patches are used to treat certain symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation. This medication is also used to prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis, or to treat ovarian disorders.
Estradiol transdermal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of estradiol transdermal?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about estradiol transdermal?
Estradiol can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant.
You should not use this medication if you have any of the following conditions: liver disease, a bleeding disorder, unusual vaginal bleeding, a history of breast or uterine cancer, or if you have ever had a heart attack, stroke, or a blood clot.
Estradiol may increase your risk of developing a condition that may lead to uterine cancer. Your doctor may prescribe a progestin while you are using estradiol, to help lower this risk. Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away.
Long-term use of estradiol may increase your risk of breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, or blood clot. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks before using estradiol transdermal long term.
Have regular physical exams and self-examine your breasts for lumps on a monthly basis while using estradiol transdermal.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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