Because CombiPatch is not suitable for all women, there are several alternatives to CombiPatch available. Conventional medications may include other types of combination products and estrogen-only medicines. Other CombiPatch alternatives include coping strategies and natural remedies (such as acupuncture or herbal supplements).
CombiPatch® (estradiol/norethindrone patch) is a prescription hormone replacement medication. Although CombiPatch is approved for a few different uses, it is usually used to treat the symptoms of menopause. However, the medication is not suitable for all women. For some women, CombiPatch may not work well, or the risks of using the patch may outweigh the potential benefits. Some women may develop bothersome CombiPatch side effects. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to CombiPatch for menopause treatment, including:
- Other conventional medications
- Coping strategies
- Natural remedies.
CombiPatch contains both an estrogen and a progestin. There are a few different estrogen/progestin medications that can serve as CombiPatch alternatives. These include:
- Activella® (an oral tablet)
- Angeliq® (an oral tablet)
- Climara Pro® (a skin patch)
- Femhrt® (an oral tablet)
- Premphase® (an oral tablet)
- Prempro™ (an oral tablet).
Other alternatives to CombiPatch include estrogen-only medications, such as:
- Skin patches -- Alora®, 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.
Finally, some women may benefit from an estrogen plus a testosterone, such as Covaryx™ or Estratest®.