Generic Name(s): estradiol transdermal
Drug Class: Estrogens
Treats: menopause, osteoporosis
Climara belongs to a class of medicines called estrogen replacement therapy. It is prescribed to help supply the body with estradiol. Estradiol is a type of estrogen, a hormone that is produced by the ovaries. During menopause, the estrogen that is made by the body reduces which allows menopause and its symptoms to start. Getting estrogen back into your system can help minimize the symptoms of menopause.
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Climara is used to treat and manage of symptoms that are brought by menopause. These symptoms include abnormal uterine bleeding, sweating for no reason, hot flashes and chills. When a patch of Climara is applied on our skin, it releases estradiol in the blood by using the skin as the medium. Women who have had their womb removed should not take this medication alone, but they can take it when mixed with a hormone that is known as progestin. This is in order to balance the hormones and avoid getting complications that is associated by taking estrogen alone. Climara is also known for preventing osteoporosis when the estrogen level in the body is low. Below you will find the uses of Climara.
Dosage of Climara depends on the individual and the condition being treated. You should always take medication precisely as your doctor prescribes it. Climara is a patch that should be applied weekly. When throwing away Climara patches, you should fold them in half to avoid leakage of estrogen hormones. Below you will find a typical dosage of Climara.
- Wash and dry the area to which you wish to apply the patch (lower abdomen or upper buttock)
- Apply the patch and press it firmly for 10+ seconds to ensure adhesion
- Leave the patch on for one week
- If the patch falls off, you should replace it with a new one
- See your doctor about stopping use after 3-6 months
Climara Side Effects
Like any drug, Climara may cause side effects. If you experience severe or persistent side effects, you should contact your doctor. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with Climara. Note that not all possible side effects are listed.
- Breast pain or tenderness
- Hair loss
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Stomach upset or cramps
Contact your doctor if you experience the following:
- Breast lumps
- Changes in vision
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or faintness
- Heavy or unusual vaginal bleeding
- Severe headache
- Speech difficulty or changes
Like any drug, Climara may interact with other drugs and substances. Before you start using Climara, inform your doctor of any other conditions or allergies that you have. If you are taking any medication ensure that your doctor knows about it. Below you will find a list of substances that may interact with Climara. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.