If you have hot flashes and night sweats related to menopause, your healthcare provider may recommend MinivelleTM (estradiol patch). Although this prescription skin patch can be an effective medication for many women, it's important to review the safety information before starting treatment to help minimize your risk for problems. You may not be able to use this product if you have endometriosis, a history of blood clots, or if you are pregnant or nursing.
Minivelle comes in the form of a skin patch that is applied twice a week. Your specific dosage will depend on how you respond to the medicine, other medical conditions you have, and various other factors. Side effects are possible and include headaches, breast tenderness, and sinus infections.
(For more information on this medication, click Minivelle. This Web article discusses various topics related to this product, such as how it works, possible safety concerns, what to do in case of overdose, and more.)
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