Estradot (Estradiol-17B) is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as abnormal uterine bleeding, chills, hot flushes and sweating. Estradiol patch belongs to the class of medications known as estrogen replacement therapy. Estradot patches are a continuous, oestrogen-only form of HRT. The patches release Estradiol through the skin into the bloodstream at a constant rate. Women who have not had a hysterectomy must also take progestin with this medication to prevent complications associated with taking estrogen alone. These patches are designed to be changed twice a week.
The brand Estradot is available from Canada manufactured by Novartis in the dosages of 25 mcg, 37.5 mcg, 50 mcg, 75 mcg and 100 mcg patches. There is no generic available for this medication.
Some of the common side effects of Estradot may include bloating, breast tenderness, change in sex drive, dizziness, headache, increased frequency of menstrual bleeding, migraine headache and weight changes.
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following side effects:
• Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting;
• Breast lumps;
• Exceptionally heavy periods;
• Flu-like symptoms;
• Fluid retention;
• Signs of clotting problems;
• Signs of depression;
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Before you start using Estradot patches, talk to your doctor about your medical history, allergies or any medications that you are taking. Estrogens with or without progestins should be used at the lowest dose that relieves your menopausal symptoms for the shortest time period possible as directed by your doctor. Estrogens should not be used to prevent heart disease, heart attacks or strokes. There may be a drug interaction between Estradot and other medications such as alcohol, anastrazole, atorvastatin, carvedilol, celecoxib, grapefruit juice, etc.