Compare Estradiol Norethindrone vs. Elestrin

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Relieves menopause symptoms and lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

Activella (Estradiol / Norethindrone) is effective at treating symptoms related to menopause and preventing bone loss. The estrogen/progestin combo is a good options for women with an intact uterus.

Relieves hot flashes due to menopause.

Elestrin (Estradiol gel) is a good, easy-to-use option if you don’t want to use pills or patches with estrogen hormones.

Upsides
  • Activella (Estradiol / Norethindrone) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen (hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness).
  • Good choice for women with intact uterus. The norethindrone (a progestin) protects against the risk of cancer in the uterus from estrogen treatment.
  • 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.
  • Mimvey brand is less expensive than other estrogen/progestin combination medicines.
  • Elestrin (Estradiol gel) replaces estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • Elestrin (Estradiol gel) is good for people who don't want to or can't take daily pills.
  • Elestrin (Estradiol gel) has fewer side effects than birht control pills since there are lower amounts of estrogen.
  • Most people start to feel better within 3-4 weeks of starting Elestrin (Estradiol gel).
Downsides
  • More potential side effects 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.
  • Taking Elestrin (Estradiol gel) increases your risk for many conditions, like endometrial or breast cancer, dementia, heart disease, and blood clots.
  • You have to use Elestrin (Estradiol gel) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine cancer.
  • Not a good option for 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 and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Gel
Price
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Side effects
15possible side effects
  • Breast Pain
    24%
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
    18%
  • Headache
    16%
  • Sinusitis
    7%
  • Back Pain
    6%
  • Insomnia
    6%
  • Post-Menopausal Bleeding
    5%
  • Uterine Fibroid
    5%
  • Infection Viral
    4%
  • Moniliasis Genital
    4%
  • Injury Accidental
    4%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Ovarian Cyst
    3%
  • Gastroenteritis
    2%
  • Other Events
    2%
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4possible side effects
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
    9%
  • Common cold
    9%
  • Breast pain
    8%
  • Lung infection
    4%
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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
    • Duration of use
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • 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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  • 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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