Estradot
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  • Estradot
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Estradot

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NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.

Overview

Order HRT Estradot Patches Online

You can order Estradot online from our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service. After you complete an online assessment, your order will be reviewed by our UK registered doctors. If the order is approved, our pharmacy team will dispense and dispatch your medication to your chosen address using Royal Mail.

What is Estradot?

Estradot patches are Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) patches. HRT medication like Estradot patches are used to treat symptoms associated with the menopause. Estradot patches are also used to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Estradot patches are an oestrogen-only HRT.

HRT products generally contain oestrogen and a progestogen hormone, these are called combined HRT. Estradot only contains estradiol and should only be taken by women who have had a hysterectomy. In women who have a womb, a progestogen product should be used alongside Estradot.

How does it work?

Around the time of the menopause, oestrogen levels in the body drop significantly. This can lead to menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, reduced libido, and vaginal dryness.

Estradot patches contain the active ingredient estradiol, which substitutes for the loss of oestrogen during the menopause. By replacing the lost oestrogen, Estradot helps to relieve menopausal symptoms. 

The patches release the hormone oestrogen (estradiol), which is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream at a gradual rate. The patches contain enough of the active ingredient that they only need to be changed twice a week (every 3 or 4 days). 

Taking oestrogen increases the risk of endometrial cancer because oestrogen causes an overgrowth of the womb lining (endometrium). A progestogen hormone should be taken alongside an oestrogen product to protect against this increased risk. Women who have had their womb removed do not need to use a progestogen and can take an oestrogen-only HRT like Estradot.

Dose

Estradot patches are available in the following strengths:

  • 25 micrograms
  • 37.5 micrograms
  • 50 micrograms
  • 75 micrograms
  • 100 micrograms

Your doctor will prescribe a suitable starting treatment dose. If symptoms do not improve after 3 months, a higher dose can be prescribed to see if symptoms improve. The lowest effective dose should be used for the shortest possible duration. The starting dose for osteoporosis prevention is usually the Estradot 50 micrograms.

The patches should be changed twice a week on the same days (e.g Monday and Thursday). The patch should be applied to the lower abdomen and the next application should not be on the exact same area of skin. Avoid placing the patch on or near your breasts.

The patient information leaflet contains further information and diagrams on how to apply the patch.

Alternatives

Other forms of HRT include:

  • Tablets
  • Vaginal pessaries
  • Vaginal creams
  • Vaginal gels
  • Topical gels

Our doctors are able to prescribe the following HRT treatments:

  • Elleste Solo
  • Elleste Duet
  • Elleste Duet Conti
  • Kliovance
  • Premarin
  • Livial
  • Trisequens
  • Provera
  • Estring
  • Vagifem
  • Premique
  • Prempak C

Various HRT products have suffered from shortages in the past two years. The products can differ slightly, making it hard to find a direct alternative when one is out of stock.

FAQ

What are the side effects of Estradot patches?

Common side effects of Estradot patches include:

  • Headaches
  • Problems sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Redness and irritation where the patch is applied
  • Breast pain and tenderness

These side effects may improve over time when using the patches. Read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of side effects.

How long does it take for Estradot patches to work?

The relief of menopausal symptoms may be seen within a few weeks but it can take up to 3 months for the patches to take full effect.

Are Estradot patches available?

Recently, the availability of HRT products has been sporadic. Currently, Estradot patches are available to order.

Do oestrogen patches make you gain weight?

The manufacturer of Estradot lists ‘weight changes’ as a common side effect which means using the patches could lead to weight gain for some women.

What happens when you stop using oestrogen patches?

If you stop using Estradot, it can increase the risk of breakthrough bleeding or spotting. You should always discuss stopping treatment with your doctor. When stopping treatment, menopausal symptoms may gradually return. The duration of menopausal symptoms is different for different people.

Where is the best place to apply an Estradot patch?

The patch should be applied to the lower abdomen and the next application should not be on the exact same area of skin. Avoid placing the patch on or near your breasts.

The patient information leaflet contains further information and diagrams on how to apply the patch.

Can you wear two oestrogen patches?

No, you should not wear two patches at the same time. If you think the strength of the patches is not high enough, you should discuss this with your doctor who may prescribe a higher strength.

Can I order Estradot (UK) patches online?

Yes, you can order them online via our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service. After having an online consultation, our doctors can assess your suitability for treatment and issue a prescription if approved. Please note our terms and conditions.

Side Effects

There is always a risk of side effects when taking any medicine.

Common side effects of Estradot patches include:

  • Headaches
  • Problems sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Redness and irritation where the patch is applied
  • Breast pain and tenderness

These side effects may improve over time when using the patches. Read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of side effects.

HRT can be very beneficial for women with menopause symptoms however, there are risks associated with treatment. The following diseases are reported more often in women taking HRT compared to women not taking HRT:

  • Breast cancer
  • Blood clots (venous thromboembolism)
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Endometrial (womb) cancer 
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Probable memory loss if HRT is started over the age of 65

Oestrogen-only HRT (like Estradot) has an increased risk of womb cancer but this can be mitigated by taking a progestogen product alongside it.

There is evidence to suggest HRT use increases the risk of breast cancer. The risk increases the longer HRT is taken for. This increased risk returns to normal within about 5 years of stopping treatment. The increased risk is higher in women who take combination HRT (oestrogen and progestogen).

The risks of taking HRT may be different in women who have early menopause. If this is the case for you, you should discuss these risks with your doctor.

The risk of blood clots in HRT users is highest during the first year of treatment. The increased risk is up to 3x higher in users of HRT compared with non-users.

Patients should be routinely monitored by their doctor during HRT treatment. It is also a good idea to know some of the symptoms associated with these conditions. More information can be found on the NHS website for signs of a blood clot, breast cancer, endometrial cancer and stroke as well as information on the risks of HRT.

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.

Warnings

Other conditions and Estradot

During the online assessment, ensure you mention any medical conditions you have.

Estradot is unsuitable for people diagnosed with certain conditions. Examples of these are:

  • If you currently have cancer which is sensitive to oestrogens, such as endometrial cancer, or have had it in the past
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • A current blood clot or a history of blood clots
  • A blood clotting disorder or blood disorder
  • Current breast cancer or a history of breast cancer
  • Recent stroke or heart attack
  • Endometrial hyperplasia (thickening of the womb lining)
  • Current liver disease or a history of liver disease

Interactions with other medicines

When completing the online assessment, please list all of the medicines you currently take. Estradot should not be used alongside certain medicines, such as:

  • Medicines for epilepsy (e.g, phenytoin, carbamazepine)
  • Medicines for HIV infection (such as nevirapine, efavirenz)
  • St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), a herbal remedy
  • Certain anti-infective medicines (such as ketoconazole, erythromycin)
  • Medicines for tuberculosis (such as rifampicin, rifabutin)

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