Estrogel

Generic Name: Estrogel
Brand Name: Estadiol

What is Estrogel?

Estrogel is a clear, colorless gel medicine that contains an estrogen hormone called estradiol. Estrogens are female sex hormones made by a woman�s ovaries that regulates many processes in the body.

Estrogel is used to reduce moderate to severe hot flashes and to treat moderate to severe dryness, itching, and burning in and around the vagina

Estrogel may also be used for other purposes not listed here.

Important information about Estrogel?

Do not use Estrogel if you have any of the following conditions: a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems, a bleeding disorder, a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer, or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Estrogel can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use if you are pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Estrogens will not prevent heart disease, heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, or dementia, and may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions. Estrogens may also increase your risk of uterine or ovarian cancer.

Talk with your doctor about your individual risks before using estradiol long-term. Your doctor should check your progress on a regular basis (every 3 to 6 months) to determine whether you should continue this treatment.

Have regular physical exams and self-examine your breasts for lumps on a monthly basis while using Estrogel.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Estrogel?

Estrogens will not prevent heart disease, heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, or dementia, and may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions. Estrogens may also increase your risk of uterine or ovarian cancer.

Talk with your doctor about your individual risks before using estradiol long-term. Your doctor should check your progress on a regular basis (every 3 to 6 months) to determine whether you should continue this treatment.

You should not use Estrogel if you have:

  • a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder;
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • a history of stroke or circulation problems;
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding that a doctor has not checked; or
  • any type of breast, uterine, or hormone-dependent cancer.

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use Estrogel. Tell your doctor if you have:

  • high blood pressure, angina, or heart disease;
  • high cholesterol or triglycerides;
  • kidney disease;
  • asthma;
  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
  • migraines;
  • diabetes;
  • depression;
  • gallbladder disease; or
  • if you have had your uterus removed (hysterectomy).

FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use Estrogel if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication. Estradiol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. This medication may also slow breast milk production. Do not use if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Estradiol increases your risk of developing endometrial hyperplasia, a condition that may lead to cancer of the uterus. Taking progestins while using estradiol may lower this risk. If your uterus has not been removed, your doctor may prescribe a progestin for you to take while you are using Estrogel.

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