Available as a skin patch, Minivelle is used for treating night sweats or hot flashes in menopausal women. If you still have your uterus, you may need to also use a form of progestin to help prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus. This prescription medication should only be used for the shortest time necessary. Currently, there are no legitimate off-label uses for it.
Minivelle™ (estradiol patch) is a prescription medication that contains an estrogen hormone in a skin patch. It is approved for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, such as night sweats and hot flashes.
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. Symptoms include:
- Changes in your period, including abnormal bleeding or "spotting"
- Vaginal changes, such as dryness or irritation
- Hot flashes (sometimes known as hot flushes)
- Night sweats and sleeping problems (including insomnia)
- Urinary problems
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Less interest in sex and changes in sexual response
- Thinning and weakening of your bones
- Mood changes
- Weight gain or increase in body fat around your waist
- Hair thinning or loss.
For some women, these symptoms are quite severe and some form of menopause relief may be necessary. This may include medications, natural menopause relief remedies, or nonmedical ways to deal with the symptoms.
When treating menopause, Minivelle should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period necessary. If you still have a uterus (you have not had a hysterectomy), your healthcare provider may recommend that you take a progestin medication along with Minivelle to help prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus.