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Estradiol Transdermal System
Why is this medication prescribed?
Estradiol transdermal system is a type of estrogen used to treat symptoms associated with menopause: hot flashes (feelings of warmth in the face, neck, and chest), sweating, sleep disturbances, vaginal discomfort (dryness and itching), poor concentration, and irritability. It is also used in the treatment of female hypogonadism, female castration, primary ovarian failure, conditions caused by low amounts of estrogen such as atrophic vaginitis, and uterine bleeding caused by a hormonal imbalance.
Estradiol transdermal system is also used with diet, calcium supplements, and exercise to slow the progression of osteoporosis, a disease common in women after menopause resulting in bones that break easily.
Estradiol transdermal system may be used alone or together with a progestin taken 10 or more days each cycle.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Estradiol transdermal system is applied once weekly (Climara) or twice weekly (Vivelle, Estraderm) for 3 weeks (on the same days each week), followed by 1 week without the transdermal system; then the cycle is repeated. In women who have had a hysterectomy, the transdermal system is applied once weekly (Climara) or twice weekly (Vivelle, Estraderm), continuously.
To apply the system, follow the directions that come with the package and these steps:
Remove and discard the system and apply a fresh system according to the schedule prescribed by your doctor. To prevent skin irritation, use a different site for each application and wait at least 1 week before using a certain area again. Used systems should be cut up and disposed of, out of reach of children and pets.
Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use estradiol transdermal system exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop using estradiol transdermal system without talking to your doctor.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer's information for the patient.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using estradiol transdermal system,
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Follow all dietary and exercise recommendations, including those regarding calcium supplements, if you are taking estradiol transdermal system to treat osteoporosis.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you forget to apply a skin system, apply it as soon as you remember; note the date on the package, and adjust your schedule.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from estradiol transdermal system are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Do not remove skin systems from their protective pouches until just before applying them. Discard systems by cutting them into pieces and disposing of them, out of reach of children and pets. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. You should have a complete physical examination, including blood pressure measurements, breast and pelvic exams, and a Pap test at least yearly. Follow your doctor's directions for examining your breasts; report any lumps immediately.
Before you have any laboratory tests, tell the laboratory personnel that you are using estradiol transdermal system; this medication may interfere with some laboratory tests.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT