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What is Climara-50?
Climara is used by women to treat certain symptoms of menopause such as vaginal irritation, burning or dryness as well as hot flashes caused by the body making less estrogen. The active ingredient estradiol is considered an estrogen hormones type of medication. Some patients may also use the patches to prevent postmenopausal bone loss (osteoporosis) and other ovarian disorders.
How is Climara-50 used?
Climara should be used as directed by a doctor, usually one to two times per week. Some women may wear the patch regularly or on a rotating schedule of alternating 3 weeks of the patch being worn and 1 week without the patch. To apply the medication, remove the protective liner and press the sticky side onto the skin and press down on it for at least 10 seconds to ensure it will be firmly attached for the whole week. Apply the patch to a clean and dry area of the skin on the buttocks or buttocks. Alternate the application area each time you apply a new patch. Do not apply the patch to oily, irritated or damaged skin as well as any area near or on the breast. It is recommended to avoid applying it to any area where it may be easily rubbed off by tight clothing.
Climara may cause unwanted side effects such as:
- Breast tenderness or pain
- Stomach cramps or pain
- Weight gain
- Skin irritation at application site
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persists or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Joint pain
- Mental or mood changes
- Painful menstrual periods
- Vaginal itching or bleeding
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Climara-50 is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.