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For some women, Minivelle may not adequately control their symptoms or it may cause bothersome side effects. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend one of the alternate treatment options available. Possible Minivelle alternatives include other conventional medications, natural remedies, and nondrug treatments (such as coping strategies). Talk to your healthcare provider about which option is best for you.
Minivelle™ (estradiol patch) is a prescription hormone replacement medication. It works well for most women and is usually well tolerated. However, for some women, the risks of using Minivelle may outweigh the potential benefits, or the drug may not work as well as desired. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Minivelle for menopause treatment, including:
- Other conventional medications
- Coping strategies
- Natural remedies.
Other Conventional Medications
Many different estrogen medications can serve as Minivelle alternatives. These estrogens are available in many different forms, including:
- Other skin patches -- Alora®, Climara®, Estraderm®, Menostar®, Vivelle Dot®
- Oral tablets -- Cenestin®, Enjuvia®, Estrace®, Femtrace®, Innofem™, Menest®, Ogen®, Premarin®
- Vaginal tablets -- Vagifem®
- Vaginal rings -- Estring®, Femring®
- Vaginal creams or gels -- Estrace Vaginal Cream, Ogen Vaginal Cream, Premarin Vaginal Cream
- Gels, creams, or lotions applied to the skin -- Divigel®, Elestrin™, Estrasorb®, EstroGel®
- Injections -- Delestrogen®, Depo®-Estradiol
- Spray (absorbed through the skin) -- Evamist™.
In addition, there are many combination products, which combine estrogen with other hormones, such as:
- Estrogens plus a testosterone -- Covaryx™ HS, Covaryx™, Estratest® HS, Estratest®
- Estrogens plus a progestin -- Activella®, Climara Pro®, CombiPatch®, FemHRT®, Premphase®, Prempro™.
Medications are not always the answer to all menopause symptoms. If you cannot use Minivelle or other estrogen medications, or if you desire to avoid such medications, you may want to try other, nondrug ways to deal with the symptoms.
Getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet can work wonders for some menopause symptoms. Any measures to improve your overall health will likely help to improve your symptoms as well. Also, a variety of vaginal lubricants and moisturizers are currently available that can help provide relief from vaginal dryness and irritation. Some are even designed especially for menopausal women.
(For more ideas on ways to cope with menopause symptoms, see Menopause Relief.)
Many women choose to use natural remedies as alternatives to prescription medications for menopause treatment. These remedies include:
- Herbal supplements
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (also known as natural hormone replacement therapy)
- Phytoestrogens (so-called plant estrogens).
At this time, there is not enough scientific evidence to determine whether these therapies are beneficial. In addition, there is insufficient information available to prove whether these therapies are as safe, or safer, than the conventional drugs used for menopause symptoms, osteoporosis, or heart disease.