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I am 53 years old and have been wearing the climara transdermal patch over a year and a half, after a hysterectomy. The ob recommended the patch to insure bone and heart health. I have recently been experiencing severe edema of the feet and legs that ...
by Marge in Detroit, Michigan, 04/30/2007
Climara (Transdermal) Drug and Prescription Information
Climara (Transdermal) Medication Classification
ESTRADIOL (Absorbed through the skin)
Climara (Transdermal) Brandname
Vivelle-Dot, Climara, Estraderm, Vivelle, Esclim, Alora
Climara (Transdermal) is used for the Treatment
Estradiol (es-tra-DYE-ole) Treats symptoms of menopause and lack of estrogen, and helps to prevent osteoporosis after menopause.
When To Not Use Climara (Transdermal)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to estrogen, if you may be pregnant, or if you have breast cancer or certain other types of cancer, a history of blood-clotting problems, or unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by your doctor.
How Should You Use Climara (Transdermal)
- Your doctor will tell you how many patches to use, where to apply them, and how often to apply them. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more patches than your doctor tells you to.
- This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Leave the patch in its sealed wrapper until you are ready to put it on. Tear the wrapper open carefully. NEVER CUT the wrapper or the patch with scissors.
- The patient instructions will show the body areas where you can wear the patch. When putting on each new patch, choose a different place within these areas. Do not put the new patch on the same place you wore the last one. Be sure to remove the old patch before applying a new one.
- Do not put the patch over burns, cuts, or irritated skin.
- Put on a new patch if the old one has fallen off and cannot be reapplied. If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to wear a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the patch and skip the missed dose.
- Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.
Proper Climara (Transdermal) Storage
Store Climara (Transdermal) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Climara (Transdermal) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Climara (Transdermal)Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Climara (Transdermal) Warnings
- Although it is unlikely that a postmenopausal woman might become pregnant, you should know that using this medicine while you are pregnant could harm the unborn baby. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, asthma, epilepsy, migraine headaches, kidney or liver disease, or history of gall bladder or cholesterol or triglyceride problems.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
- Large doses of this medicine taken over long periods of time may increase the risk of some kinds of cancer. Talk to your doctor about this risk.
Climara (Transdermal) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Lumps in breast
- Sharp pain in lower legs or chest
- Sudden shortness of breath, coughing up blood
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, discharge, or itching
- Yellow eyes or skin If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Back pain
- Changes in hair growth
- Mild headache
- Nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps
- Skin discoloration
- Skin redness, itching, where the patch is worn
- Swollen or tender breasts