Estradot is a hormone replacement therapy that is commonly prescribed for the treatment of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. As a transdermal HRT, Estradot is available in the form of a patch that is applied directly to the skin. Developed and marketed by Novatris Pharmaceuticals within the UK, Estradot contains the synthetic form of female sex hormone called estradiol so it can supplement the decreasing levels of oestrogen in menopausal women which are the root cause of the associated issues.
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Menopause is a natural process that all women will experience and there isn’t anything you can do to truly avert it. For a majority of them, the changes accompanying this period of life will be mild and will cause only slight discomfort. All of them are caused by the hormonal changes, most importantly, the decrease in the levels of sex hormone oestrogen. However, for some women, the symptoms of decrease in oestrogen can be especially severe and cause extreme discomfort to the point where they start disrupting everyday life. This is when prescription medication might be needed to alleviate the symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapies (or HRTs for short) are usually applied over the period of five years, with annual reviews to confirm that the medication is still necessary. As the symptoms gradually subside, the therapy will be stopped too.
How do Estradot patches work?
Estradot patches are classified as single or oestrogen-only hormone replacement treatment (as opposed to combined treatment such as FemSeven)and as such are most suitable for women who have already undergone hysterectomy. This treatment will efficiently supplement the declining levels of naturally produced oestrogen thus alleviating the uncomfortable symptoms with rather high success rates. The patches are simply applied to an area of skin below the waist with changing every three to four days.
If the woman hasn’t had hysterectomy (removal of the womb), then she will be required to use an additional medication containing progestogen for at least half of the monthly cycle. In this way, the rising levels of oestrogen will be balanced which is crucial for safety as uncontrolled increase in the levels of this hormone has been known to cause excess thickening of the uterine wall which in turn further increases the risk of developing cancer.
Can I buy Estradot online in the UK?
If you are looking to buy Estradot without leaving the comfort of your home, we have both good and bad news for you. Bad news is if it is your first time using this medication, you will be required to obtain it via ‘the traditional route’ meaning that you will still have to visit the doctor in person and consult with him regarding your suitability for using this treatment.
The good news is that if you’re simply looking to renew your prescription, you can do this fairly easily through any online clinic operating within the United Kingdom. You can simply use the functionality provided by the website to order Estradot online. In the process, you will be required to fill in a detailed medical questionnaire so that the doctor can get an insight into your medical history and profile so he can assess your suitability for this medication.
If everything is in order, the doctor will issue a prescription and use it to order the medicine from the partner pharmacy. The courier service will have the medication delivered to the address you provided within the timespan defined by the company’s policy and business model.
How is Estradot used?
In order to increase the chances of success when using Estradot, you should always strictly follow the instructions provided by your prescriber. At the same time, this will help you to decrease the risk of experiencing side effects. If there is anything you might be unsure of when commencing your treatment, you should refer to the official patient information leaflet. If you don’t find your answers there, be sure to contact your doctor and ask for clarification.
Here we will provide you with some of the most general guidelines which are not intended to serve as a substitute for the doctor’s advices nor official information on the topic. Instead, the points outlined here are to be viewed as a kind of illustration so you can get the clearer idea of what you should expect from Estradot treatment.
- Use the treatment as prescribed
- The patch should be applied once in every three to four days to a clean, dry and uninjured area of the skin
- Apply the patch below the waist, ideally on the lower back, abdomen or buttocks
- Never apply the patch near or on breasts
- Consult the leaflet for the illustrated set of instructions on how to properly apply Estradot
- If you are switching to Estradot from another type of HRT, you should consult the leaflet in order to determine how and when to make the transfer
- Every time you apply the new patch, be sure to apply it to a new area of skin in order to prevent irritation
- If a patch falls off before it is scheduled to be removed, simply replaced it by a new one and continue with the treatment as usual
- Estradot patches can be worn while bathing or swimming
- If you forget to change the patch, do that as soon as possible and carry on with the treatment as usual
- Never use more than one patch at the time
What are Estradot side effects?
While not everybody using this medication will experience side effects, it is important that you are able to identify them on time, so you can seek medical attention if necessary. You should also be able to differentiate between those side effects that are uncomfortable, but not really dangerous and those which might require you to halt treatment and seek immediate medical assistance.
Side effects that you should be especially aware of include any signs and symptoms indicative of the following:
- Allergic reaction
- Chest pain that spreads to neck and arms
- Breathing difficulties
- Redness and painful swelling in the legs
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Breast lumps
- Painful periods
- Sudden migraines (when there is no prior history of migraines)
Other documented side effects include:
|Frequency of occurrence||Side effects|
|Very common (1 in 10 users or more)||Headaches, skin irritation, bruising, bleeding or swelling on the place where the patch has been applied, painful or tender breasts, painful periods, irregular periods|
|Common (1 in 10 users or less)||Anxiety and depression, sleep patterns disruption, abdominal pains, nausea, feeling bloated, dry and itchy skin, rashes, enlarged breasts, heavy periods, unexplained vaginal bleeding, inflammation of the vagina, womb contractions, abnormal growths in the uterus|
|Uncommon (1 in 100 users)||Migraines, fainting, high blood pressure, vomiting, changes in skin colour|
|Rare (1 in 1000 users)||Tingling or numbness in hands and feet, blood clots, hair loss, gallstones, weakness of the muscles, cysts or polyps, changes in libido|
|Very rare (1 in 10.000 users)||Severe allergic reaction, spasms of the head, eyes and neck, skin lesions, discomfort in the eyes, excessive hair growth, intolerance to carbohydrates|
Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list of all documented side effects. For a more comprehensive overview, please refer to the official patient information leaflet that you can find within your pack of Estradot.