Menostar

Generic Name: Estradiol

  • What is Menostar?

    Menostar is a transdermal patch (applied to your skin) that contains the estrogen hormone, estradiol. It is used after menopause to reduce your chances of getting osteoporosis (thin, weak bones).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Menostar?

    Estrogens increase your risk of developing cancer of the uterus. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual vaginal bleeding while you are using Menostar.

    Do not use Menostar to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, or dementia. Using Menostar can increase your chances of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, or blood clots. It can also increase your risk of dementia. Talk regularly with your doctor about whether you still need treatment with Menostar.

    If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, are overweight, or if you use tobacco, you may have a higher risk of heart disease.

    You can lower your chances of serious side effects with Menostar by having a breast exam and mammogram (breast x-ray) every year unless directed by your doctor to have it more often.

    Tell your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of unusual vaginal bleeding, breast lumps, dizziness and faintness, changes in your speech, severe headaches, chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in your legs, changes in your vision, or vomiting.

  • Who should not take Menostar?

    Do not use Menostar if you allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.

    Do not use Menostar if you have a history of stroke or heart attack, blood clots, liver problems, unusual vaginal bleeding, or certain cancers, including cancer of your breast or uterus.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Menostar?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Menostar. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have any unusual vaginal bleeding, asthma, diabetes, seizures, migraine headaches, endometriosis (a common gynecological disorder that may result in sores and pain), lupus (disease that affects the immune system), high blood calcium levels, or problems with your heart, liver, thyroid, or kidneys. Also, tell your doctor if you are going to have surgery or will be on bed rest.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply 1 patch to your skin for 7 days (1 week).

  • How should I take Menostar?

    Use Menostar patch exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    Each Menostar patch is individually sealed in a protective pouch. Tear off the top of the pouch using the top tear notch. Tear off the side of the pouch using the side tear notch and pull the pouch open. Apply the sticky side of the Menostar patch to a clean, dry area of the lower stomach area below your belly button. Change your Menostar patch every 7 days (once a week).

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Menostar.

  • What should I avoid while taking Menostar?

    Do not apply the Menostar patch to your breasts; waistline; or onto areas of your skin that are oily, damaged, or irritated. Do not apply the patch on areas where sitting would rub it off or loosen it.

    Do not wear two Menostar patches at the same time.

    Grapefruit juice can increase your risk of side effects with Menostar. Talk to your doctor before including grapefruit or grapefruit juice in your diet while you are using Menostar.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Menostar?

    If Menostar is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Menostar with the following: carbamazepine, clarithromycin, erythromycin, grapefruit juice, itraconazole, ketoconazole, phenobarbital, rifampin, ritonavir, or St. John's wort.

  • What are the possible side effects of Menostar?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, application-site reactions (such as redness), breast pain, constipation, dizziness, hair loss, headache, indigestion, infection, irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting, joint pain or inflammation, muscle pain, nausea, pain, vomiting

  • Can I receive Menostar if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not use Menostar if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Menostar?

    If you miss a dose of Menostar, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Menostar?

    Store at room temperature. Do not store the patch outside of the pouch.