For most women, the recommended starting Estraderm dosage is one 0.05 mg patch applied twice a week. Women who have had a hysterectomy usually use the estrogen patch continuously, while women with a uterus generally use it cyclically (using it for three weeks, followed by a one-week break). If your symptoms do not improve, your healthcare provider may increase your Estraderm dose as needed.
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This drug has been discontinued by its manufacturer and is no longer available. This was not due to any safety concerns but was a business decision. Other brands of estradiol patches remain available.
The dose of Estraderm® (estradiol patch) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Estraderm
- Whether you have had a hysterectomy
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your Estraderm dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
It is typically recommended that this medication be taken at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible period of time. However, the most effective dose (and how long it should be taken) can vary considerably from one woman to the next. For most women, the recommended starting Estraderm dose is one 0.05 mg patch applied twice a week. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose.
If you still have a uterus (if you have not had a hysterectomy), your healthcare provider may recommend that you take Estraderm 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 Estraderm continuously, without any breaks.