Evorel Patches (25, 50, 75, 100mcg)
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Evorel Patches are an effective form of oestrogen-only Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) used to reduce the annoying and unpleasant symptoms of the menopause. Evorel Patches are available in a variety of strengths allowing your GP to determine the most suitable for you.
- Simple patch applied to the skin
- Used for women going through menopause
- UK Registered Service
What Are Evorel Patches?
Evorel patches are a type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that is used to ease the symptoms of menopause. Menopause is when the female body goes through significant hormonal changes as hormone levels drop. It signifies the end of a woman’s period and typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 years old.
You may be prescribed Evorel patches to relieve your menopause symptoms or as a second-line option for osteoporosis (a condition that weakens bones) prevention post-menopause. Evorel patches contain the active ingredient estradiol, a form of the oestrogen hormone (the major female sex hormone). It also contains inactive ingredients including guar gum. Evorel patches come in four varying strengths – 25, 50, 75 and 100. They are different sizes and contain varying volumes of the active ingredient estradiol.
How Do Evorel Patches Work?
Evorel patches are an HRT treatment which supplements the falling levels of oestrogen during menopause, providing short-term relief for unpleasant menopause symptoms such as:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal itching
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
The patches work by releasing estradiol into the bloodstream via the skin at a constant rate.
What’s the Difference Between Evorel and Evorel Conti?
While regular Evorel are oestrogen-only continuous HRT patches, Evorel Conti patches are a continuous combined HRT treatment. Rather than only estradiol, Evorel Conti patches contain a combination of two active ingredients; estradiol and norethisterone. Norethisterone is a synthetic form of progesterone, another naturally-occurring hormone that is produced by the ovary and is important for menstruation and pregnancy.
You might be prescribed Evorel Conti rather than Evorel if taking an oestrogen-only HRT risks causing your womb lining to thicken. Adding a progesterone hormone to the oestrogen – in the form of Evorel Conti – helps to shed the womb’s lining and avoid any problems from occurring.
Estradot vs Evorel
Both Estradot and Evorel are oestrogen-only continuous HRT patches. They both contain the active ingredient estradiol but in different forms. For example, Evorel patches contain estradiol whereas Estradot contains estradiol hemihydrate. It is better to use Evorel if you have a soy allergy because it is made from Mexican yam, whereas Estradot is made from soy.
Evorel vs Oestrogel
Like Evorel patches, Oestrogel is an oestrogen-only HRT treatment. However, Oestrogel is a topical treatment that comes in gel form. It is applied by hand and absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin. Oestrogel is applied once a day.
Evorel Patches Reviews
Users online have praised the ability of Evorel patches to reduce common menopause symptoms – from mood swings and hot flushes to night sweats, fatigue and headaches. Reviewers have commented that they felt improvement in their menopause symptoms after a few weeks of taking the HRT treatment. Some users cited some minor side effects when taking Evorel patches but noted that they did wear off. Among the most common side effects cited by users are diarrhoea, stomach cramps and nausea.
Can You Buy Evorel Patches Over the Counter?
You can’t buy Evorel patches over the counter in the UK. Before you can be issued a prescription for Evorel patches, your suitability for the HRT treatment will need to be assessed by a doctor. Once a prescription has been issued, you will be able to buy Evorel patches from your online or local pharmacy.
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Evorel Patches Dosage
Evorel patches are available in four different sizes, with varying concentrations:
- Evorel 25 has a size of 8 sq cm, contains 1.6 mg estradiol and releases 25 micrograms of estradiol in 24 hours
- Evorel 50 has a size of 16 sq cm, contains 3.2 mg estradiol and releases 50 micrograms in 24 hours
- Evorel 75 has a size of 24 sq cm, contains 4.8 mg estradiol and releases 75 micrograms in 24 hours
- Evorel 100 has a size of 32 sq cm, contains 6.4 mg estradiol and releases 100 micrograms in 24 hours
You will typically start wearing one Evorel 25 or Evorel 50 patch, and your dose may be adjusted after the first month of use if required. Evorel 100 could be advised if patches containing a lower amount of oestrogen have proven ineffective in relieving menopause symptoms. You will generally be prescribed the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time – taking into account factors such as the severity of symptoms and side effects.
How Long Does It Take for Evorel Patches to Work?
It may take a few weeks before you begin to feel an improvement in your symptoms. This is normal for any HRT treatment. After two to three months, you should feel the full benefit of Evorel patches, and notice your symptoms improving or subsiding.
You will wear Evorel patches for a time period specified by your doctor. In some treatment cycles, you may be advised to switch to a combined HRT treatment such as Evorel Conti patches after two weeks of using Evorel patches. Evorel patches are worn continuously, and you shouldn’t stop wearing the patches without consulting your doctor first. Coming off HRT treatment abruptly can cause your hormone levels to drop dramatically, which can lead to the sudden reappearance of unpleasant menopause symptoms.
How to Apply Evorel Patches
You must apply Evorel patches twice per week, and keep them on continuously. Apply the patch on your skin as soon as you remove it from the wrapper. Press on the patch to ensure it is securely stuck to your skin. You should apply Evorel on a patch of skin which is clean and dry, in a different place from where your previous patch was. Don’t leave an interval between two patches. Evorel patches shouldn’t be put on or near the breasts, or underneath elasticated clothing.
Evorel patches are changed twice per week and you should change them on the same two days each week. If any glue or gum remains on your skin after removing a patch, using baby oil can help to remove it.
Can You Cut Evorel Patches in Half?
You might be advised to try a lower dose of Evorel patches by your doctor. This can be done by using patches of a lower strength, or you may wish to cut the patches in half (or reduce the size by another amount). You shouldn’t reduce your dose without being advised to do so by your doctor.
Can I Use Two Evorel Patches?
You should only apply one Evorel patch at a time. If you forget to change your patch, change it as soon as you remember before applying the next patch at the normal time and day. If it’s nearly time for your next patch, skip the missed patch and return to the normal schedule.
Evorel Patches Side Effects
Among the most common potential side effects of Evorel patches, which occur in one in ten people or more, is irritation on the area of skin the patch has been used.
Other common potential side effects include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Joint pain
- Hot flushes
- Painful periods
Uncommon side effects, which occur in one in 100 people or less, include:
- Swelling of the hands or feet
- Muscular pain
- Loss of interest in sex
If you experience any of these side effects, contact a medical professional.
Patient Information Leaflet
Evorel Patches Patient Information Leaflet
For more information on Evorel patches, take a look at the patient information leaflet below:
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