Compare Minivelle vs. Combipatch

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Minivelle
(estradiol patch)

Combipatch
(estradiol / norethindrone patch)

Relieves hot flashes due to menopause and lowers your risk of osteoporosis. The Minivelle (Estradiol Patch) is the mini-me of estrogen patches. It's used twice a week, available in five strengths, and has the least amount of skin irritation.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.
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5.76Minivelle
Reviews for Minivelle
82%
of people (All ages) say Minivelle is worth it
76%
say it works well
18%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
MinivelleCombipatch
  • Breast tenderness 17%
  • Depression 7%
  • Back pain 3%
  • Weight increased 7%
  • Dyspepsia 3%
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  • Breast pain 18%
  • Menstrual cramps 15%
  • Back pain 6%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Flu like symptoms 2%
  • Abnormal pap smear 3%
  • Weakness 4%
  • Stomach pain 3%
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How it works
MinivelleCombipatch
The Minivelle (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 a combination patch that works to balance hormone changes in your body during and after menopause. Estradiol (an estrogen) reduces hot flashes and night sweats. Norethindrone (a progestin) protects the uterus from damage.
Type of medication
MinivelleCombipatch
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
MinivelleCombipatch
  • Patch
  • Patch
Used for
MinivelleCombipatch
  • Hot Flashes And Night Sweats
Risk factors for serious side effects
MinivelleCombipatch
  • 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 Minivelle (estradiol patch) risks & warnings »
  • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Personal or family history of blood clots
  • Smoking
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.

Weight
MinivelleCombipatch
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
MinivelleCombipatch
  • The [name_comon] is the smallest estrogen patch available. It's the size a dime and comes in 5 different strengths.
  • You’ll need to replace it twice a week, every 3 to 4 days.
  • Causes little or no skin irritation and doesn't leave adhesive on your skin.
  • The Minivelle (Estradiol Patch) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • 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 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.
Downsides and risks
MinivelleCombipatch
  • You need to replace the Minivelle (Estradiol Patch) twice a week, compared to other patches that are once a week.
  • Patch can fall off.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast cancer.
  • If you have your uterus, you have to use the Minivelle (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.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
MinivelleCombipatch
  • 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.
  • 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 on your lower belly as directed by the manufacturer. Press the patch firmly in place for 10 seconds, especially around the edges. Don't place it at your waistline or on your breasts.
  • Replace the patch twice a week (every 3-4 days) on a different area of your skin to help prevent 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.
  • Combipatch (estradiol / norethindrone patch) is not intended to be used forever. Talk to your doctor regularly to see if you still need treatment.
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