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What is the Shelf Life of EstroGel?

Wednesday 28 July 2021
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Table of Contents

I. EstroGel Safety Past Expiration

II. How to Store EstroGel

III. How to Use EstroGel

EstroGel, also known as estradiol, is used by many women who are experiencing menopause. The EstroGel gel remains chemically stable for ninety days, but your doctor will recommend using it before its specific expiry date. EstroGel should be kept at room temperature, which is around 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

At My Drug Center, you can purchase EstroGel in 80- and 160-gram quantities. Your doctor will likely advise you to use EstroGel for a specific period and then cease use. Research has shown that prolonged use of estrogen medications may increase your cancer risk, so talk to your doctor if you have questions about these side effects.

EstroGel Safety Past Expiration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not advise anyone to take expired medications. It is important to check the dates on your medications and make sure you do not use them after the date on the bottle. Do not use this medication if the packaging is torn or there are signs of tampering.

When your EstroGel has expired, do not flush it down the sink or toilet. If these hormones get into the water system, they may be ingested by others and cause side effects. [1] If you do not know how to dispose of EstroGel, you can bring your expired medications to your pharmacist for proper disposal.

medication disposal

How to Store EstroGel

Like all medications, it is essential to keep EstroGel out of reach of children and animals. For this reason, you may want to store it somewhere only you have access. Keeping medications in the bathroom makes them accessible to everyone in your household, so storing them in another location may be the best option.

When using EstroGel, you also want to make sure that no one comes in contact with the gel on your skin until it is dry. The hormones in this medication can transfer to others. Estrogen hormones may have side effects on those who are not currently going through hormone replacement therapy. [2]

a woman applying medication to the shoulder

How to Use EstroGel

When beginning a new medication, you must follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor will prescribe the lowest effective dose for the shortest time to treat your symptoms. The gel is applied once a day in the morning or evening. Try to use your EstroGel medication at the same time each day for maximum effectiveness.

It is recommended to spread the gel on a large skin area on each shoulder, outer arm, or inner thigh. No one else should apply the gel for you; only you should apply your medication. After applying the gel, do not wash the skin or apply other skin products for at least an hour. Never apply EstroGel near the breasts or the genital area. [3]

If you use EstroGel for a few days and do not notice any change in your menopausal symptoms, you may want to contact your doctor to change your dose. If you are experiencing bothersome menopausal symptoms and want to save money on your prescriptions, visit My Drug Center today. At My Drug Center, we also offer a blog section on EstroGel to help you make the most informed decision about your treatment.

DISCLAIMER: The information in the article is not meant to be used for treatment or diagnosis. It is designed for general awareness and for information purposes only. Always consult a medical professional for your specific healthcare needs.