Estalis (Known in the US as Combipatch)

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What is Estalis Patches prescribed for?

Estalis Patches are an estrogen product prescribed for postmenopausal women. These patches contain two hormones, estrogen and progestogen. These help to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. The patches are applied to the skin and release a controlled amount of hormones into the body. They can be an effective treatment option for managing the symptoms of menopause. It is not recommended for women who have, or had, breast cancer.

Estalis (Known in the US as Combipatch) Information

How do I apply Estalis patches?

To apply the patches, follow these steps:

- Clean the skin: Start by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Then, choose a clean, dry area on your lower abdomen (below your waistline) or on your buttocks. Clean that area with mild soap and water, and pat it dry with a towel.

- Open the package: Carefully open the Estalis patch package, making sure not to touch the sticky side of the patch.

- Remove the liner: Peel off one side of the protective liner to expose the adhesive side of the patch. Avoid touching the adhesive with your fingers.

- Apply the patch: Carefully place the exposed adhesive side of the patch onto the clean, dry area of your skin. Press down firmly on the patch to ensure it sticks well.

- Remove the remaining liner: Gently peel off the remaining protective liner from the patch. Be careful not to pull the patch away from your skin.

- Dispose of the used patch: Fold the used patch in half with the adhesive sides together. Dispose of it in a proper trash container. Avoid flushing it down the toilet.

- Wash your hands again: Wash your hands thoroughly to remove any residue or adhesive that might have transferred to your fingers.

Remember to read and follow the instructions provided with the Estalis patch for specific guidance. If you have any concerns or questions, consult your healthcare provider for further assistance. Store at room temperature when not in use.

Estalis Patches drug interactions

The patches can interact with certain drugs. It's important to be aware of these interactions to avoid any potential problems.

They can interact with certain antibiotics, antifungal medications, and certain medications used to treat seizures or epilepsy

Disclose all of your current medications, including prescription medications and OTC products, to your doctor. They will assess the potential interaction and determine whether it is beneficial to use both drugs together. If not, adjustments need to be made to your treatment plan.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience a sudden severe headache, chest pain, blood clots or the symptoms of an allergic reaction. This includes shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. This product can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Common Side effects of Estalis Patches?

Few known side effects of Estalis Patches Tabs. Please note that this is not a complete list of all possible side effects.

  • Burning and swelling underneath or around the area of the skin on which the patch is applied
  • nervousness
  • excessive hair growth
  • increased vaginal secretions
  • memory problems
  • breast tenderness
  • Redness & itching
  • menstrual-like pain
  • acne
  • dry eyes or skin
  • numbness or tingling (with no other symptoms)
  • abdominal pain
  • trouble sleeping
  • hair loss
  • change in sex drive
  • nausea
  • vaginal itching with or without discharge
  • discolouration of the skin or purple skin patches
  • contact lens discomfort
  • bloating
  • hearing changes
  • back pain
  • headache
  • weight change
  • unusual vaginal bleeding
  • nausea or vomiting
  • high blood pressure

Please inform your doctor about any side effects you experience. If you find these side effects difficult to manage, contact your doctor for medical advice.

Recommended dosage of Estalis Patches?

The recommended dosage of Estalis Patches varies depending on individual needs. It's important to follow your doctor's instructions and the dosing guidelines provided with the medication.

Generally, Estalis Patches are applied once a week on the lower abdomen, hips, or buttocks. The patch should be left in place for the recommended duration. This is usually around seven days before replacing it with a new one. It's important to rotate the application site to prevent skin irritation.

Never change the dosage or frequency of application without consulting your doctor first. They will determine the appropriate dosage based on your specific condition and response to treatment.

Estalis (Known in the US as Combipatch) FAQs

Estalis Patches cost in Canada?

Estalis Patches 140/50mcg Tablet cost in Canada
- 8 patches - $55.65 USD ($6.96 per patch)
- 16 patches - $94.50 USD ($5.91 per patch)
- 24 patches - $129.15 USD ($5.38 per patch)

Can Estalis patches be used for birth control?

No, Estalis patches are not used for birth control. Estalis patches are typically prescribed for menopausal women to alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. They contain hormones, such as estrogen and progestin, which help balance hormone levels during menopause.

Are Estalis patches waterproof?

Yes. Estalis patches are waterproof, which means you can swim, shower, or engage in other water-related activities while wearing them. If your patch accidentally comes off, you can simply reapply it or replace it with a new one.

Can Estalis patches cause skin irritation?

Yes, Estalis patches can cause skin irritation. Talk to your doctor if this becomes unmanageable.

How often should I change Estalis patches?

You should change the Estalis patch two times every week. Make sure to stick to the same two days each week when you change the patch. After using the patches for a full 28-day period, you start a new cycle with a fresh set of patches. It's important to follow this recommended sequence to ensure the patches work effectively.

Can I wear Estalis patches while swimming?

Yes. Estalis patches are waterproof, which means you can swim, shower, or engage in other water-related activities while wearing them. If your patch accidentally comes off, you can simply reapply it or replace it with a new one.

Can Estalis patches be used for osteoporosis?

Estalis patches are sometimes used to help prevent bone thinning in women. Typically when there is a high risk of fractures due to osteoporosis and cannot use other treatments. However, it's important to note that this is only for women who still have a uterus. Estalis Continuous, a specific type of Estalis patch, is used in these cases.

How long does it take for Estalis patches to start working?

Estalis patches typically start working within a few hours to a few days after you apply them.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended as supplementary information to that provided by your doctor. The guidance provided by your doctor supersedes any information provided on the website. Do not avoid or disregard any counseling from your licensed medical professional based on this information. If you have any medical questions that are not answered here, we do offer counseling from a licensed pharmacist.