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Estraderm is often used for treating menopause symptoms, such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes. It is also approved to replace hormones in younger women whose ovaries do not work properly and to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. In the past, off-label Estraderm uses included the prevention of heart disease and dementia. However, these are no longer considered legitimate off-label uses.
Estraderm® (estradiol patch) is a prescription medication that contains estradiol (an estrogen hormone) in a skin patch that is changed twice weekly. Estraderm is approved for the following uses:
- Treatment of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness
- Prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women
- Treatment of hormone deficiency in younger women whose ovaries do not produce enough estrogen.
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.
Menopause is a normal change in a woman's life when she stops having her period. Technically, a woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row and there are no other causes for this change.
For some women, menopause symptoms may be quite severe, and some form of menopause relief may be necessary. This may include medications, natural menopause relief remedies, or non-medical ways to deal with the symptoms.
For menopause treatment, Estraderm (like all hormone replacement medications) should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period necessary. In general, women should not be treated indefinitely.