Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Minivelle include the following:
- Minivelle comes as a skin patch. It is changed twice a week.
- Apply the Minivelle patch to an area of clean, dry skin on your lower abdomen (stomach) or buttocks (below the waistline). Try to avoid placing the patch right at the waistline, as 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.
- If a little adhesive remains on your skin after removing a patch, a little lotion or body oil can help remove it.
- Dispose of an old patch by folding it in half and throwing it away, out of the reach of children or pets. Do not flush it down the toilet.
- For Minivelle to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
The dose of Minivelle your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to the drug
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Minivelle Dosage for more information.)
Just like any medicine, Minivelle can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects of Minivelle include but are not limited to:
- Breast tenderness
- Sinus infection
- Sinus headache
- Upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold.
(Click Minivelle Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)