Estrogen Lotion Approved

The FDA has approved a new estrogen-containing "lotion" called Estrasorb. It contains 17-beta estradiol in a soy-based oil formulation. When this lotion is applied to the skin, estrogen is absorbed into the bloodstream. Estrasorb is intended to help treat women's menopausal hot flashes.

Comment: Estrasorb should be applied daily only to legs, thighs and calves. Never on the breasts or the face. It should not be used by women with known or suspected pregnancy, breast cancer, abnormal genital bleeding, blood clots, stroke or heart disease. And just like hormone therapy (HT), it is recommended that Estrasorb be used in the lowest dose and for the least duration required to provide relief. Estrogen is estrogen is estrogen.

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Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
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