Compare Premarin vs. Divigel

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Premarin
(conjugated estrogens)

Divigel
(estradiol gel)

Treats low estrogen, relieves menopause symptoms, and lowers your risk of osteoporosis. Premarin (Conjugated Estrogens) relieves menopausal symptoms and prevents bone loss. It's an oral hormone replacement, so it can have a lot of side effects, and it's important to think through the benefits and potential hassles of this drug before using it.Relieves hot flashes due to menopause. Divigel (Estradiol Gel) comes in 3 different strengths. It uses lower doses of estrogen than other hormone replacements and is easy to use and apply.
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Reviews for Premarin
50%
of people (All ages) say Premarin is worth it
43%
say it works well
11%
say it's a big hassle
154 reviews
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Side effects
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  • Excessive vaginal bleeding 13%
  • Abdominal pain 5%
  • Breast pain 3%
  • Passing gas 4%
  • Pain 1%
  • Thick vaginal discharge 3%
  • Endometrial hyperplasia 5%
  • Vaginitis 5%
  • Sleep difficulty 1%
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  • Common cold 2%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 4%
  • Metrorrhagia 2%
  • Breast tenderness 1%
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How it works
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Premarin (Conjugated Estrogens) is an oral medication that replaces estrogen hormones during and after menopause. Higher levels of estrogen lower menopause-related hot flashes, flushing, night sweats, vaginal problems, and bone loss.Divigel (Estradiol Gel) replaces estrogen hormones in your vagina that your body loses during menopause. Estrogen helps relieve symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal problems.
Type of medication
PremarinDivigel
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
PremarinDivigel
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
PremarinDivigel
  • Hot Flashes And Night Sweats
  • Hot Flashes And Night Sweats
Risk factors for serious side effects
PremarinDivigel
  • 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 Premarin (conjugated estrogens) 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 Divigel (estradiol gel) 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.

Alcohol
PremarinDivigel
No alcohol related info.
  • The gel is alcohol-based and flammable, so you shouldn't smoke while applying it.
Pain
PremarinDivigel
  • Get emergency care if you notice swelling or pain in your lower legs, sudden shortness of breath, or an unexplained severe headache.
No pain related info.
Weight
PremarinDivigel
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating and breast tenderness.
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.
Upsides and benefits
PremarinDivigel
  • Premarin (Conjugated Estrogens) 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 take enough calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Improves mood, energy, and mental alertness for some people.
  • Does not expose your partner to estrogen during sexual acitivities like vaginal estrogen creams.
  • Can help relieve symptoms of prostate cancer or advanced breast cancer in some people.
  • Divigel (Estradiol Gel) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen (hot flashes, vaginal dryness).
  • Good for people who don't want to take daily pills.
  • The pre-measured packets are easy to use and can be taken anywhere.
  • Fewer side effects than pills since there are lower amounts of estrogen in topical gels.
  • In studies, when people used low doses of Divigel (Estradiol Gel), their symptoms started to improve in 5 weeks and they felt continued improvement over 8 to 12 weeks. People using the highest doses of Divigel (Estradiol Gel) felt better in just 2 weeks.
  • Divigel (Estradiol Gel) is available in 3 strengths.
  • Very few women (less than 1%) had skin irritation from the medicine.
  • Can lower 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.
Downsides and risks
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  • More potential side effects than estrogen creams since it exposes your whole body to estrogen.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast cancer.
  • If you have your uterus, you have to take Premarin (Conjugated Estrogens) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine cancer.
  • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
  • Can't be used in people with liver problems.
  • 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.
  • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Take Premarin (Conjugated Estrogens) at the same time each day. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible, but if it’s almost time for your next dose, take only that dose.
  • Use the lowest dose possible of Premarin (Conjugated Estrogens) and take it only as long as needed. Talk to your doctor regularly to see if you still need treatment. If you’re taking Premarin (Conjugated Estrogens) only for vaginal symptoms or to prevent bone loss, there are other medicines that can work better with fewer side effects (like a vaginal cream for menopause symptoms, or non-estrogen medicine for bone loss).
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating and breast tenderness.
  • Get emergency care if you notice swelling or pain in your lower legs, sudden shortness of breath, or an unexplained severe headache.
  • Tell your doctor about any unusual vaginal bleeding.
  • Apply all of the gel in the packet to dry, clean, unbroken skin on the right or left upper thigh, alternating each day.
  • Don't put it on your face, breasts, vagina, or irritated skin.
  • Don't rub it in. Let the gel dry before dressing, and don't wash the application site for at least an hour.
  • Wash your hands well after applying the gel.
  • The gel is alcohol-based and flammable, so you shouldn't smoke while applying it.
  • 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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