Do I need a prescription for EstroGel?

Do I need a prescription for EstroGel?

Do I need a prescription for EstroGel?

EstroGel is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy in Menopause, Hypoestrogenism, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Hypoestrogen, Prostate Cancer, Osteoporosis and Vasomotor Symptoms Associated with Menopause. EstroGel may be used alone or with other medications.

Can estradiol increase hot flashes?

Menopausal women with lower estradiol levels are more likely to have a greater number of nighttime hot flashes and hot flash-related awakenings than women who have higher estradiol levels, according to recent study findings presented at The North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting.

How quickly does EstroGel work?

It usually takes a few weeks before you will feel the initial benefits of HRT and up to three months to feel the full effects. It may also take your body time to get used to HRT. When treatment begins you may experience side effects such as breast tenderness, nausea and leg cramps.

Will estrogen stop hot flashes?

Estrogen is the primary hormone used to reduce hot flashes. Most women who have had a hysterectomy can take estrogen alone. But if you still have a uterus, you should take progesterone with estrogen to protect against cancer of the lining of the uterus (endometrial cancer).

Do you use Estrogel everyday?

Apply Estrogel at the same time each day. You should apply your daily dose of gel to clean, dry, unbroken skin. If you take a bath or shower or use a sauna, apply your Estrogel dose after your bath, shower, or sauna.

Does Estrogel cause weight gain?

One form of estrogen called estradiol decreases at menopause. This hormone helps to regulate metabolism and body weight. Lower levels of estradiol may lead to weight gain. Throughout their life, women may notice weight gain around their hips and thighs.

Does low or high estrogen cause hot flashes?

But most research suggests that hot flashes occur when decreased estrogen levels cause your body’s thermostat (hypothalamus) to become more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature. When the hypothalamus thinks your body is too warm, it starts a chain of events — a hot flash — to cool you down.

How long does it take for HRT to stop hot flashes?

Usually these side effects will disappear within six to eight weeks. If they do not, a change in the type or dose of HRT may be necessary and your doctor or nurse will advise you on this. If after four to six months of HRT you have not felt the benefits of the HRT it may help to try a different type.