Estrogel is used to reduce certain symptoms of menopause such as moderate to severe hot flashes, and vaginal symptoms such as dryness, burning, and irritation.
Estrogel may also be prescribed for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before you take Estrogel...
Do not use Estrogel is you are pregnant.
You may not be able to use Estrogel if you have a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot, a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, liver disease, abnormal vaginal bleeding, history of an allergic reaction to estradiol topical, or a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer.
Do not apply sunscreen to your skin at the same time you apply Estrogel.
Avoid drinking or eating grapefruit products when taking this medication.
Dosages of Estrogel varies by patient. Use Estrogel exactly as prescribed by your doctor and/or the directions on your prescription label.
Apply Estrogel at the same time each day. You should apply your daily dose of gel to clean, dry, unbroken skin. Be sure your skin is completely dry before applying Estrogel.
Apply the gel to one arm using your hand. Spread the Estrogel as thinly as possible over the entire area on the inside and outside of your arm from wrist to shoulder. Never apply Estrogel directly to the breast.
It is not necessary to massage or rub in Estrogel. Simply allow the gel to dry for up to 5 minutes before dressing.
If you miss a dose of Estrogel, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you suspect you may have overdosed on Estrogel, or are having an allergic reaction the medication, seek medical attention immediately.
Less serious side effects include:
-vaginal itching or discharge, changes in your menstrual periods, light vaginal bleeding or spotting
-thinning scalp hair
-nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps
Serious side effects include:
-abnormal vaginal bleeding
-a lump in your breast
-confusion, problems with memory or concentration
heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating
-liver problems (e.g., nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice)
-signs of a stroke (e.g., sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance)
-signs of a blood clot in the lung (e.g., chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood)
-signs of a blood clot in your leg (e.g., pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs)
This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience serious side effects, contact a doctor or your nearest hospital immediately.
There are drugs that interact with Estrogel. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use, including prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should always tell your doctor before you start taking new medication.