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The recommended Menostar dosage for preventing osteoporosis is one 0.014-mg patch applied once a week. There is only one standard dose for all women, regardless of weight or age. It is important to rotate application sites for your weekly Menostar dose so that you do not apply a patch to the same place two times in a row.

Menostar Dosing: An Introduction

There is only one approved dose for Menostar® (estradiol patch), regardless of your age or weight. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended Menostar dosage for osteoporosis prevention is one 0.014-mg (14-mcg) patch applied once a week.
With most other estrogen medications, you need to take a progestin if you still have a uterus (if you have not had a hysterectomy) in order to help prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus. This is not necessary with Menostar, although it is recommended that you take a progestin for 14 days once every 6 to 12 months (which will cause you to have a "period"). A yearly endometrial biopsy (a test using a small sample of the uterine lining) may also be recommended in order to help detect any precancerous or cancerous changes.

General Information Your Menostar Dosage

Considerations for people using Menostar include the following:
  • Menostar comes as a patch that is applied to the skin. It is changed once a week.
  • Apply the patch to an area of clean, dry skin on your lower abdomen (below your belly button).
  • Try to avoid placing the patch right at the waistline, since your clothes may rub against the patch and loosen it.
  • Rotate the application sites so that you do not apply a patch to the same place twice in a row.
  • Dispose of an old patch by folding it in half and throwing it away, out of reach of children or pets. Do not flush it down the toilet.
  • If a little adhesive remains on your skin after removing a patch, a little lotion or body oil can help to remove it.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your Menostar dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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