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Estrogel is a gel made up of an estrogen called estradiol. Estrogel is also sometimes referred to internationally as “Oestrogel”. You can purchase Estrogel in 0.06% bottles!
This medication is used primarily for reducing symptoms of menopause in women. Menopause usually occurs in women older than 40 between the ages of 47 and 53 when a woman’s period is no longer active (ovaries stop making estrogen and progesterone). Estrogel helps to relieve menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, which is due to the low level of estrogen. This medical gel works for these conditions as it replaces any loss estrogen and balances out the hormone levels.
Make sure to follow directions given to your by your doctor very carefully.
Before using the gel, you must first prime it; ask your doctor about how to properly prime you gel based off your dose.
Only apply this gel to healthy, undamaged skin. Avoid putting this gel on skin that is irritated and red or to the breast area. Do not apply gel on wet skin.
Apply this gel at the same time every day to get the best effect. Make sure to apply the gel after you’ve done anything that involves getting wet (like bathing, showering, swimming, or using a sauna).
When applying the gel, there is no need to massage or rub it in; allow the gel to dry for 5 minutes before dressing.
How to apply the gel
1. Collect the Estrogel into the palm of your hand; do this by pushing down on the pump gently but firmly with one motion without hesitation.
2. Apply the gel to one arm; spread the gel as thinly as possible over the entire area of your arm (inside and outside from wrist to shoulder).
3. Place the protective cap back on; remember to always put the cap back on after using this product.
4. Wash your hands; this reduces the chance of spreading the medicine from your hands to other people.
Estrogel will not be effective in preventing heart disease, heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, or dementia. Using Estrogel will actually increase the chance of these conditions as well as increase your risk of uterine or ovarian cancer. Ask your doctor about what your risk is for developing these conditions.
Certain diseases and conditions will interact with Estrogel and use of this product should be avoided if you have these conditions: undiagnosed and abnormal bleeding of the vagina; any time of breast, uterine, or hormone cancer; history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots; liver disease; bleeding or blood clot disease; pregnancy; or if you’ve had an allergic reaction to estradiol topical in the past.
Other conditions may still not be the best conditions to use Estrogel with however usually an expetion can be made with a dose adjustment or special care instructions. These conditions include; unusual vaginal bleeding; heart disease; asthma; epilepsy or other seizure disorder; liver or kidney disease; hereditary angioedema; endometriosis; a thyroid disorder; lupus; high levels of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia); migraines; gallbladder disease; or risk factors for coronary artery disease.
This product should not be used during pregnancy; ensure you are using appropriate birth control methods during the time you on Estrogel.
This medication can pass into breast milk and may slow down the product; avoid breastfeeding while on Estrogel if possible.
Common side effects of Estrogel (Estradiol) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Estrogel (Estradiol) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Signs to watch for:
heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
signs of a blood clot in the lung--chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood; or
signs of a blood clot in your leg--pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs.
What should I avoid if I am using this product?
If you use sunscreen, apply it at a different time than Estrogel.
Avoid getting this product in your eyes or mouth; rinse with water if this occurs.
Grapefruit products may interfere with this medication; avoid grapefruit products.
What is the best way to store this medication?
Store Estrogel at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); keep away from heat and moisture.
How long until I start feeling relief?
It can take up to 4 months before you feel the full effect; however it should start becoming effective much sooner.
Is this medication safe for children?
This medication is not safe for the use of children.
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