Estraderm , as a member of the estradiol family, is an estrogen replacement used to improve hormone levels in women experiencing menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, sweating, mood swing, insomnia or osteoporosis . It is also used to treat conditions like vaginal discomfort and certain breast cancers in both men and women.

Estraderm comes as an oral tablet and a skin patch. The tablet is taken once every day for 21 days, with a 7 day rest in between cycles. Repeat the cycle, as suggested by your doctor. The skin patch is applied once or twice in a week for three weeks, on the same day each week. Stop applying it for one week and then repeat the cycle.

The most common side effects of Estraderm are headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, or skin irritation, redness and itchiness.

Estraderm may also be used to treat other conditions, as determined by your doctor.

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