Compare Climara vs. Combipatch

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Climara
(estradiol patch)

Combipatch
(estradiol / norethindrone patch)

Treats low estrogen, relieves menopause symptoms, and lowers your risk of osteoporosis. You only have to think about the Climara (Estradiol Patch) once a week, and it may have fewer side effects than oral estrogen pills.Treats low estrogen and relieves menopause symptoms. Combipatch (Estradiol / Norethindrone Patch) is effective at treating menopause symptoms, and it can be a good choice for women who need estrogen/progestin combo medications, but prefer to use a patch every twice a week instead of pills every day.
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Reviews for Climara (estradiol patch)
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Reviews for Combipatch (estradiol / norethindrone patch)
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-8% worse vs. Climara (estradiol patch)
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Side effects
ClimaraCombipatch
  • Breast pain 1%
  • Sinus inflammation 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 7%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Pain 1%
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  • Breast pain 18%
  • Menstrual cramps 15%
  • Back pain 6%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Flu syndrome 2%
  • Papanicolaou smear suspicious 3%
  • Muscle weakness 4%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
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How it works
ClimaraCombipatch
The Climara (Estradiol Patch) replaces an estrogen hormone, estradiol, that your body loses during and after menopause. Higher levels of estradiol relieve symptoms of low estrogen and menopause and prevent bone loss.Combipatch (Estradiol / Norethindrone Patch) is an estrogen/progestin combination patch that works to balance hormone changes in your body during and after menopause. Estradiol (an estrogen) reduces hot flashes and night sweats and prevents bone loss, but can also harm cells in the uterus after menopause. Norethindrone (a progestin) protects the uterus from damage.
Type of medication
ClimaraCombipatch
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
ClimaraCombipatch
  • Patch
  • Patch
Used for
ClimaraCombipatch
  • Hot Flashes And Night Sweats
  • Hot Flashes And Night Sweats
Risk factors for serious side effects
ClimaraCombipatch
  • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Duration of use
  • Personal or family history of blood clots
  • Obesity
Detailed Climara (estradiol patch) risks & warnings »
  • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Duration of use
  • Personal or family history of blood clots
  • Obesity
Detailed Combipatch (estradiol / norethindrone patch) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Weight
ClimaraCombipatch
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.
  • Combipatch (Estradiol / Norethindrone Patch) is a mixture of estrogen and progestin. It could cause a higher risk of ovarian cancer, especially if you have a family history of it. Your doctor can help you weigh the risks versus the benefits of this medication.
Upsides and benefits
ClimaraCombipatch
  • The Climara (Estradiol Patch) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • The patch is good for people who don't want to take daily pills.
  • Can be worn while swimming, bathing, and showering.
  • By using a patch instead of a pill, there's a lower risk of side effects such as blood clots and stroke since lower amounts of estrogen are used in patches.
  • Lowers your risk of fractures by keeping your bones healthy. Make sure you also get enough calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Improves mood, energy, and mental alertness for some people.
  • Twice-a-week patch. Good for people who don't want to take daily pills.
  • Combipatch (Estradiol / Norethindrone Patch) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen (hot flashes, vaginal dryness).
  • Fewer side effects than pills since patches contain lower amounts of hormones.
  • Good for women with an intact uterus. The norethindrone (a progestin) protects against the risk of cancer in the uterus caused by estrogen treatment.
Downsides and risks
ClimaraCombipatch
  • Patch can fall off.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast cancer.
  • If you have your uterus, you have to use the Climara (Estradiol Patch) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine cancer.
  • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
  • Can worsen other health conditions, like high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes, fluid retention, and migraines.
  • Can't be used in people with liver problems.
  • More potential side effects than single-ingredient medications since it exposes your whole body to two hormones, estrogen and norethindrone (a progestin).
  • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
  • You may get irregular bleeding and spotting that can last a few months to a year.
  • Patch can fall off.
  • Can be expensive since it's only available as a brand name product.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
ClimaraCombipatch
  • Remove the patch by tearing the package by hand and not with scissors. Never cut the patch.
  • Apply the sticky side of the patch to clean, dry, hairless skin below your waistline on areas as instructed by the manufacturer (never on your breast).
  • Replace the patch every 7 days on a different area of your skin to lower your risk of skin irritation.
  • Fold together the sticky sides of used patches before throwing them away to avoid exposing others to the medicine. Don't flush them down the toilet.
  • Shouldn't be used forever. Talk to your doctor regularly to see if you still need treatment.
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.
  • Tell your doctor about any unusual vaginal bleeding.
  • Get emergency care if you notice unexplained swelling and pain in your limbs, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe headache, or changes in vision.
  • Remove the patch by tearing the package by hand and not with scissors. Never cut the patch.
  • Apply the sticky side of the patch to clean, dry, hairless skin below your waistline on areas as instructed by the manufacturer (never on your breast).
  • Replace the patch twice a week (every 3-4 days) on a different area of your skin to lower your risk of skin irritation.
  • Fold together the sticky sides of used patches before throwing them away to avoid exposing others to the medicine. Don't flush them down the toilet.
  • Shouldn't be used forever. Talk to your doctor regularly to see if you still need treatment.
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.
  • Tell your doctor about any unusual vaginal bleeding.
  • Get emergency care if you notice unexplained swelling and pain in your limbs, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe headache, or changes in vision.
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