estradiol gel - transdermal, Estrogel (cont.)
USES: This medication is a female hormone (estrogen). It is usually used in women who no longer produce the amount of estrogen they produced before menopause. It is a very effective treatment for reducing a common menopause symptom (intense feelings of warmth and sweating known as hot flashes). If you need treatment for vaginal menopause symptoms only (e.g., vaginal dryness), products applied directly inside the vagina should be considered before medications that are taken by mouth, absorbed through the skin, or injected.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.Certain estrogen products may also be used to prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) in people at high risk who cannot take other drugs. There are several other medications (e.g., raloxifene, bisphosphonates such as alendronate) that are safe and effective to prevent or treat bone loss. These medicines should be considered before estrogen treatment.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Learn all usage instructions for your product. This medication is usually applied in a thin layer once daily according to product instructions or as directed by your doctor. If you shower or bathe before applying this medication, allow the skin to dry completely before use. Apply this drug to clean, unbroken skin. Do not apply to irritated skin. Do not apply this medication to the face or breasts or in/around the vagina. It is not necessary to rub this medicine into the skin. Allow this medication to dry on your skin before dressing. Wash your hands with soap and water after each application. Wait at least 1 hour before getting the area wet or swimming.To prevent others from being exposed to this drug, allow the medicine to dry completely, then cover the area with clothing. Wait at least 1 hour before allowing others to touch the skin where you applied the drug. If this drug accidentally gets on others, have them wash the area with soap and water as soon as possible.Avoid getting this medication in the eyes. If this medication gets in the eyes, rinse them immediately with warm water. Tell your doctor if the eyes become irritated.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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