For most uses, the recommended Alora dosage is one 0.025-mg patch applied twice a week. If needed, your healthcare provider may increase your dose. A higher Alora dose, such as one 0.05-mg patch applied twice a week, may be recommended for the treatment of hormone deficiency in younger women whose ovaries do not produce enough estrogen.
The dose of Alora® (estradiol patch) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- How you respond to Alora
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your Alora dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Women are typically recommended to take this medication at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. However, the most effective dose and how long it should be taken can vary considerably from one woman to the next. For most uses, the recommended starting Alora dose is one 0.025-mg patch applied twice a week. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose.
A higher starting dose (one 0.05-mg patch applied twice a week) may be recommended for treating younger women with low estrogen levels due to ovary problems, such as poorly functioning ovaries or after surgical removal of the ovaries.
If you still have a uterus (you have not had a hysterectomy), your healthcare provider may recommend that you take Alora cyclically, using it for three weeks, followed by a one-week break. In most cases, this causes regular, menstrual-like bleeding. If you have had a hysterectomy, your healthcare provider will probably recommend that you take Alora continuously, without any breaks. Also, if you still have a uterus, you should take a progestin medication along with Alora in order to help prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus.