Compare Combipatch vs. Divigel

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Treats low estrogen and relieves menopause symptoms.

Combipatch (estradiol / norethindrone patch) is a twice weekly patch that effectively treats menopause and causes less blood clots or stroke than combination pills.

Relieves hot flashes due to menopause.

Divigel (Estradiol gel) is an easy to use medicine that comes in 3 different strengths. It uses lower doses of estrogen than other hormone replacements.

Upsides
  • Twice weekly patch. Good for people who don't want to take daily pills.
  • Replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen (hot flashes, vaginal dryness).
  • Less likely to cause blood clots or stroke than pills since patches contain a lower amount of hormones.
  • Good for women with an intact uterus.
  • You can bathe, shower, and swim while wearing the patch, as long as you don't rub the patch.
  • Replaces estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • Good for people who don't want to or can't take daily pills.
  • Can take the easy to use, pre-measured packets anywhere.
  • Divigel (Estradiol gel) has fewer side effects than pills since there are lower amounts of estrogen in gels.
  • In studies, many women on the lowest dose started to feel better about a month after starting the medicine. People using the highest doses felt better in just 2 weeks.
Downsides
  • More potential side effects than single ingredient medications since it exposes your whole body to two hormones.
  • You may get irregular bleeding and spotting that can last a few months to a year.
  • The patch can't be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time.
  • Can be expensive since it's only available as a brand name product.
  • Increases your risk of endometrial and breast cancer.
  • If you have your uterus, you have to use Divigel (Estradiol gel) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine cancer.
  • Can't be used in people with liver problems.
  • It's possible to expose other people to the estrogen before it's absorbed by your skin.
  • Can be expensive since it's only available as a brand name product.
Used for
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Primary ovarian failure
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Gel
Price
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Side effects
36possible side effects
  • Breast pain
    34%
  • Menstrual cramps
    30%
  • Headache
    25%
  • Skin irritation
    20%
  • Pain
    19%
  • Stuffy nose
    19%
  • Menstrual problems
    17%
  • Back pain
    15%
  • Flu like symptoms
    14%
  • Diarrhea
    14%
  • Lung infection
    13%
  • Stomach pain
    12%
  • Accidental injury
    10%
  • Weakness
    10%
  • Sinus infection
    10%
  • Vaginal discharge
    10%
  • Sore throat
    9%
  • Vaginal inflammation
    9%
  • Upset stomach
    8%
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Depression
    8%
  • Trouble sleeping
    8%
  • Gas
    7%
  • Tooth problems
    6%
  • Swelling in the arms and legs
    6%
  • Joint pain
    6%
  • Dizziness
    6%
  • Rash
    6%
  • Infection
    5%
  • Nervousness
    5%
  • Airway inflammation
    5%
  • Acne
    4%
  • Unusual menstrual bleeding
    3%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Breast growth
    2%
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
    2%
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5possible side effects
  • Breast pain
    6%
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
    6%
  • Common cold
    4%
  • Lung infection
    2%
  • Yeast infection
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Endometrial cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Dementia
    • Aged 65 or older
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
  • Gallbladder problems
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  • Endometrial cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Increased risk of heart disease
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Age 50 or older
  • Dementia
    • Age 65 or older
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
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