Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Warnings; 1-800-222-1222. Estradiol Transdermal Patch: MedlinePlus Drug Information

Estradiol Transdermal Patch: MedlinePlus Drug Information: "1-800-222-1222. "

1-800-222-1222. 
  • For hot flashes and other symptoms caused by menopause:
    • For transdermal dosage form (gel):
      • Adults—
        • Elestrin™: Apply one dose (0.87 grams) of the gel to the upper arm once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
        • EstroGel®: Apply one dose (1.25 grams) of the gel to the arm once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
    • For transdermal dosage form (patch):
      • Adults—
        • Climara®: At first, apply one patch (0.025 milligrams (mg)) to the lower stomach or upper buttocks area once a week. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
        • Minivelle®: At first, apply one patch (0.0375 milligrams (mg)) to the lower stomach or upper buttocks area two times a week (every 3 to 4 days). Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
    • For transdermal dosage form (spray):
      • Adults—At first, one spray once a day, usually in the morning. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
  • For prevention of osteoporosis after menopause:
    • For transdermal dosage form (patch):
      • Adults—
        • Climara®: At first, apply one patch (0.025 milligrams (mg)) to the lower stomach or upper buttock area once a week. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
        • Minivelle®: At first, apply one patch (0.025 milligrams (mg)) to the lower stomach or upper buttock area two times a week (every 3 to 4 days). Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
  • For the treatment of low estrogen levels:
    • For transdermal dosage form (patch):
      • Adults—At first, apply one patch (0.025 milligrams (mg)) to the lower stomach or upper buttock area once a week. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.

Missed Dose

If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply a new patch and skip the one you missed. Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Do not use Evamist® spray if it has been more than 12 hours since you missed your last dose.

Storage

Store the patches at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.


What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep estradiol patches sealed in their original pouches and out of reach of children. Store the patches at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.

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.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • vaginal bleeding

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body's response to transdermal estradiol.
Before having any laboratory test, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are using transdermal estradiol.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Alora®
  • Climara®
  • Esclim®
  • Estraderm®
  • FemPatch®
  • Menostar®
  • Vivelle®
  • Vivelle-Dot®

Other names

  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • ERT
This branded product is no longer on the market. Generic alternatives may be available.
Last Revised - 06/15/2016

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