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Estraderm Patch (Estradiol)
(Known as Estraderm MX / TTS in the UK)
Information About Estraderm Patch
Estraderm patch is a synthetic female hormone. It is used by women to help reduce vaginal symptoms such as burning, itching, or vaginal dryness. Estraderm patch reduce menopause symptoms and allow women to produce estrogen.
When treating only vaginal symptoms, it is better to apply products directly inside the vagina or around it as estrogen taken orally may get absorbed through the skin and increase the risk of side effects due to more estrogen being absorbed.
This medication can be used by women who are unable to produce estrogen due to hypogonadism or primary ovarian failure. Certain estrogen products can be used by women after menopause to help prevent bone loss which is osteoporosis. However, there are other medications that are safe and more effective in preventing bone loss, and they must be considered when treating estrogen production.
You can buy Estraderm patch from Canada Pharmacy.
A transparent polyester/ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer film, a drug reservoir of estradiol USP and alcohol USP gelled with:
- Hydroxypropyl cellulose NF
- Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer membrane
- Adhesive formulation of light mineral oil NF
This medication must be used as directed by your physician. You may peel off the back off the patch and apply the patch to a clean and dry area of your body as directed. Make sure that this patch is only applied to certain areas of the body.
Different brands of patches are applied to different areas and if you have any question regarding where the Estraderm patch can be applied, ask your doctor about it.
Place the Estraderm patch firmly in one place for around 10 seconds and make sure that it stays there. Do not apply this patch to an oily or broken skin place such as the breasts.
Avoid placing the patch in an area where it may be easily rubbed off.
This patch is used twice a week and every 3 to 4 days, follow the dosage carefully. The dosage of this drug depends on the severity of your medical condition and your response to treatment. If the patch falls down, apply it again to a different area and do not wear 2 patches at the same time.
- Let your physician know about the medical treatments and medicines you are using.
- Let your doctor know if you have any allergies before using it.
- Tell your doctor about the medical history of the family including vaginal bleeding of unknown causes, hormone problems, or blood disorders.
Some common side effects of this drug may include:
- Weight change
- Breast tenderness
Keep in mind that your doctor has prescribed you this medication because its benefits to you are greater than the risk of side effects. Many people who use this medication do not have serious side effects.
However, if you undergo any serious side effects as mentioned below then notify your doctor immediately.
- Mental or mood changes
- Severe depression
- Calf pain or swelling
- Sudden severe headache
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- One-sided weakness
- Slurred speech
- Vision changes
- Change in contact lens fit
- Loss of vision
- Breast lumps
- Swelling of hands or feet
- Changes in vaginal bleeding, breakthrough bleeding, or prolonged bleeding
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Itching, or odor
- Yellowing of eyes or skin.
Product Code: 1512
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.