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EstroGel is a prescription medicine gel that contains estradiol, which is an estrogen hormone.
EstroGel is used by women after menopause to reduce moderate to severe hot flashes and to treat moderate to severe menopausal changes in and around the vagina.
EstroGel is absorbed through the skin and enters into the bloodstream.
Use and Dosage
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Learn how to use the pump and how to apply the gel correctly. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Follow the instructions for priming the pump if you are using it for the first time.
Use exactly as directed by your doctor. Apply the medication to clean, dry skin on the upper arm/shoulder area, usually once daily. Some brands may be applied on the arm from the wrist to the shoulder. Follow the directions for your specific brand. Avoid applying this medication to broken, irritated skin. Do not apply this medication to the breast, face, or in or around the vagina. Do not let others apply this medication to your body.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or use this medication more often than prescribed.
Replace the cap on the pump after each use. After applying this medication, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to reduce the risk of accidentally spreading it from your hands to other people. Wait about 5 minutes for the application site to dry completely before dressing. Cover the application site with clothing (such as a long-sleeve shirt) to prevent others from touching the application area and being exposed to the drug. Wait at least 1 to 2 hours (depending on your brand) before allowing others to touch the skin where the medication was applied. If someone accidentally touches the gel (or the application area within 1 to 2 hours), have them wash the area of contact on their body with soap and water as soon as possible.
To get the best effect, wait at least 2 hours before showering/swimming to allow the drug to be absorbed through the skin.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
Avoid getting this medication in the eyes. If this medication gets in the eyes, rinse them right away with warm water. Tell your doctor if you get any eye irritation.
This medication is flammable until dry. Let the gel dry before smoking or going near an open flame.
Learn how many doses the gel pump delivers. Keep track of the number of doses used and discard the pump after all the doses are used, even though there may be some gel left in the pump.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Estrogel: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Estrogel and call your doctor at once if you have:
- Heart attack symptoms – chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, or sweating
- Signs of a blood clot – sudden numbness or weakness, sudden vision loss, slurred speech, stabbing chest pain, coughing up blood, or pain or warmth in one or both legs
- Swelling or tenderness in your stomach, severe stomach pain spreading to your back, or nausea and vomiting
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Memory problems, confusion, or unusual behavior
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, or pelvic pain
- A lump in your breast
- High calcium levels – confusion, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, increased thirst or urination, or weight loss
Topical estradiol is absorbed through the skin of a child who comes into contact with this medicine. Call your doctor if a child who has close contact with you develops swollen nipples or enlarged breasts.
Common Estrogel side effects may include:
- Breast pain
- Vaginal itching or discharge, changes in your menstrual periods, or light vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Thinning scalp hair
- Nausea, vomiting, bloating, or stomach cramps
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Before using estradiol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: vaginal bleeding of unknown cause, certain cancers (such as breast cancer, cancer of the uterus/ovaries), blood clots, stroke, heart disease (such as heart attack), liver disease, kidney disease, family medical history (especially breast lumps, cancer, blood clots), family or personal history of a certain swelling disorder (angioedema), blood clotting disorders (such as protein C or protein S deficiency), high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, obesity, lupus, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), mineral imbalance (low or high level of calcium in the blood), a certain hormone problem (hypoparathyroidism), uterus problems (such as fibroids, endometriosis), gallbladder disease, asthma, seizures, migraine headaches, mental/mood disorders (such as dementia, depression), a certain blood disorder (porphyria).
Do not smoke or use tobacco. Estrogens combined with smoking further increase your risk of stroke, blood clots, high blood pressure, and heart attack, especially in women older than 35.
Tell your doctor if you just had or will be having surgery, or if you will be confined to a chair or bed for a long time (such as a long plane flight). These conditions increase your risk of getting blood clots, especially if you are using an estrogen product. You may need to stop this medication for a time or take special precautions.
This drug may cause blotchy, dark areas on your face and skin (melasma). Sunlight may worsen this effect. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Wear protective clothing when outdoors. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using sunscreen with this medication. Sunscreen may affect the absorption of this medication if applied to the area of the skin where the medication was applied.
If you are nearsighted or wear contact lenses, you may develop vision problems or trouble wearing your contact lenses. Contact your eye doctor if these problems occur.
This product is not meant for children. Children may be accidentally exposed to this medication by touching someone in the area where the medication was applied. If this occurs, the child may have unwanted side effects. Children should avoid contact with any unclothed area where the medication has been applied. Tell the doctor right away if you notice unexpected signs of puberty in a child such as an increase in breast or nipple size. To decrease this risk, carefully follow all directions for the proper use of this drug.
This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
This medication passes into breast milk. It may reduce the quality and amount of breast milk produced. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strengths
Estrogel Gel is available in the following form and strengths:
- Estrogel Gel:
- 0.06 %
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you are more than 12 hours late, skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, breast tenderness, drowsiness, and vaginal bleeding.
What should I avoid while using Estrogel?
Avoid getting Estrogel gel in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with water.
Wait at least 25 minutes after applying Estrogel before you apply sunscreen to the same skin area.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with estradiol and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.