Brand Name(s): Estrace
Drug Class: Estrogen
Treats: Postmenopausal symptoms
Estradiol is a drug used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, burning sensations, vaginal dryness, and irritation. Estradiol is a form of the naturally occurring estrogen and works by mimicking its effects. Common side effects associated with estradiol include breast tenderness, headache, and vaginal discharge.
Estradiol is a drug used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms - such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and irritation. More specifically, Estradiol is a hormone, one which mimics the naturally produced sex hormone of the same name. Estradiol can also be used to prevent osteoporosis in menopausal patients and patients with ovarian failure who have a lack of the hormone.
Estradiol can be administered via oral and transdermal routes. It is chiefly metabolised in the liver and has a long half-life of around 15 hours (meaning it takes 15 hours for just half of the drug to be eliminated from the body).
Common side effects with Estradiol include breast pain, headache, hair thinning, nausea, and light vaginal bleeding.