Several Alora alternatives are available for women who do not tolerate the medication well or who experience bothersome side effects. These alternatives for treating menopause include coping strategies, natural remedies, and other conventional medicines. Common medication alternatives to Alora include combination products that contain estrogen along with other hormones and other estrogen medications.
Alora® (estradiol patch) is a prescription hormone replacement medication. Although the medication is approved for several different uses, it is usually used to treat the symptoms of menopause. Alora is not suitable for all women. For some women, Alora may not work well, or the risks of taking the drug may outweigh the potential benefits. Fortunately, several Alora alternatives are available for menopause treatment, including:
- Other conventional medications
- Coping strategies
- Natural remedies.
Many different estrogen medications can serve as alternatives to Alora. These estrogens are available in many different forms, including:
- Other skin patches -- Climara®, Estraderm®, Menostar®, Vivelle-Dot®
- Gels, creams, or lotions applied to the skin -- Divigel®, Elestrin™, Estrasorb®, EstroGel®
- Spray (absorbed through the skin) -- Evamist™.
- Oral tablets -- Cenestin®, Enjuvia®, Estrace®, Femtrace®, Menest®, Ogen®, Premarin®
- Vaginal tablets -- Vagifem®
- Vaginal creams or gels -- Estrace® Vaginal Cream, Ogen® Vaginal Cream, Premarin® Vaginal Cream
- Vaginal rings -- Estring®, Femring®
- Injections -- Delestrogen®, Depo®-Estradiol.
In addition, there are many combination products that combine estrogen with other hormones, such as:
- Estrogen plus a testosterone -- Covaryx™, Estratest®
- Estrogen plus a progestin -- Activella®, Angeliq®, Climara Pro®, CombiPatch®, femhrt®, Premphase®, Prempro™.