Compare Combipatch vs. Prefest

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Combipatch (estradiol / norethindrone patch)

Prescription only
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 menopause symptoms and lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

Prefest (Estradiol / Norgestimate) is effective at treating symptoms related to menopause and bone loss. It has a difficult dosing schedule to follow, but doesn't affect your cholesterol and triglyceride levels as much as other estrogen products.

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.
  • Prefest (Estradiol / Norgestimate) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen (hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness).
  • 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.
  • Good for women with an intact uterus. The norgestimate (a progestin) protects against the risk of cancer in the uterus caused by estrogen treatment.
  • Doesn't affect your cholesterol levels as much as other estrogen treatments.
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.
  • More potential side effects since it exposes your whole body to two hormones, estrogen and norgestimate (a progestin).
  • Dosing schedule can be hard to follow with the 2 different kind of pills (estrogen-only and estrogen/progestin pills).
  • 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.
Used for
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Primary ovarian failure
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Pill
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Side effects
10possible 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%
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10possible side effects
  • Headache
    23%
  • Upper respiratory-tract infection
    21%
  • Breast pain
    16%
  • Back pain
    12%
  • Abdominal pain
    12%
  • Influenza-like symptoms
    11%
  • Arthralgia
    9%
  • Vaginal bleeding (all)
    9%
  • Dysmenorrhea
    8%
  • Sinusitis
    8%
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Risks and warnings
  • Endometrial cancer

    Using estrogen for more than one year

  • Breast cancer

    Personal or family history of breast cancer

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke

    Personal or family history of blood clots

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Dementia

    Aged 65 or older

  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)

    High levels of triglycerides

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  • Endometrial cancer

    Using estrogen for more than one year

  • Breast cancer

    Personal or family history of breast cancer

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke

    Personal or family history of blood clots

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)

    High levels of triglycerides

  • Ovarian cancer

    Family history of ovarian cancer

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