Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Women's health

Alora 

(estradiol patch)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Women's health
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Relieves hot flashes and vaginal dryness due to menopause and strengthens your bones.

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Our bottom line

Alora (estradiol patch) treats symptoms from low estrogen, and it may have fewer side effects than oral estrogen pills.

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Best available price for 8 (8 patches of 0.1mg/day) cartons of alora
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Upsides

  • Alora (estradiol patch) replaces estrogen to your whole body and relieves many symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • The patch is good for people who don't want to or can't take daily pills.
  • Can be worn while swimming, bathing, and showering.
  • 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.

Downsides

  • You need to replace Alora (estradiol patch) twice a week, compared to other patches that are once a week.
  • Patches can fall off.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast 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.
How it works

Alora (estradiol patch) replaces an estrogen hormone that your body loses during and after menopause. Higher levels of the hormone relieve symptoms of low estrogen, menopause, and prevent bone loss.

What to expect when you take Alora (estradiol patch) for Osteoporosis prevention

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Side effect rates for Alora (estradiol patch)

261 From clinical trials of Alora / Menopausal symptoms (.1 mg/day)
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Headache
  • Lung infection
  • Pain
  • Vaginal inflammation
  • Sinus infection
  • Breast pain
  • Back pain
  • Skin irritation
  • Gas

Risks and Warnings for Alora (estradiol patch)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Using estrogen for more than one year

    Vaginal bleeding after menopause can be a warning sign of uterus (endometrial) cancer, so let your doctor know if you notice any unusual bleeding. Using medicines like Alora (estradiol patch) for more than a year can increase your risk. Talk to your doctor about other medicines you can take with Alora (estradiol patch) to protect yourself from cancer if you are worried.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Alora (estradiol patch)

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  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.