estradiol emulsion - transdermal, Estrasorb (cont.)

USES: This medication is a female estrogen hormone and is usually given to 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 only for vaginal menopause symptoms (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 non-estrogen 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 for use before estrogen treatment.

HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet which contains instructions for proper use of this medication. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.Use this medication exactly as prescribed. It is usually applied once daily or as directed by your doctor. Apply it to clean, dry, unbroken skin on your thighs and calves. Rub the medicine into your skin for 3 minutes or until thoroughly absorbed. Any extra medicine left on your hands should be applied to your buttock(s). Wash your hands with soap and water after you have finished. If you shower or bathe before applying this medicine, allow the skin to dry. Do not apply to skin that is red or irritated or directly on the breasts.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.Keep this medicine away from your eyes. If this medicine gets in your eyes, rinse your eyes immediately with warm water and call your doctor.Do not apply sunscreen with this medication. Sunscreen may affect the amount of medicine you absorb.To prevent transfer of this medicine to other people through contact, allow the drug to dry completely and cover with clothing.

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