Compare Climara Pro vs. Combipatch

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Relieves hot flashes and lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

The Climara Pro (estradiol / levonorgestrel patch) is effective at treating menopause symptoms, and it can be a good choice for women who need estrogen/progestin combination medications but prefer to use a patch once a week instead of pills every day.

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.

Upsides
  • Once-a-week patch. Good for people who don't want to take daily pills.
  • Replaces estrogen in your body and relieves multiple symptoms from low estrogen, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • Fewer side effects than pills since patches contain lower amounts of hormones.
  • Good for women with an intact uterus. The progestin in the patch protects against the risk of cancer in the uterus.
  • The Climara Pro (estradiol / levonorgestrel patch) patch has a lower risk of causing blood clots and stroke compared to other forms containing the same medicines.
  • 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
  • More potential side effects than medications with one ingredient since Climara Pro (estradiol / levonorgestrel patch) exposes your whole body to two hormones.
  • 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.
  • The patch can fall off, especially if you like to regularly swim, take baths, or use saunas.
  • Can be expensive since it's only available as a brand name product.
  • 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.
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Used for
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Primary ovarian failure
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Patch
Price
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Side effects
22possible side effects
  • Skin irritation
    41%
  • Vaginal bleeding
    37%
  • Breast pain
    19%
  • Lung infection
    13%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Depression
    6%
  • Flu like symptoms
    5%
  • Pain
    5%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Stomach pain
    4%
  • Gas
    4%
  • Swelling of arms and legs
    4%
  • Joint pain
    4%
  • Airway inflammation
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    4%
  • Accidental injury
    3%
  • Infection
    3%
  • High blood pressure
    3%
  • Weight gain
    3%
  • Bladder infection
    3%
  • Rash
    2%
  • Vaginal inflammation
    2%
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24possible side effects
  • Breast pain
    25%
  • Menstrual cramps
    20%
  • Headache
    18%
  • Back pain
    11%
  • Nausea
    11%
  • Flu like symptoms
    9%
  • Weakness
    8%
  • Abnormal pap smear
    8%
  • Stomach pain
    7%
  • Lung problems
    7%
  • Stuffy nose
    7%
  • Pain
    6%
  • Menstrual problems
    6%
  • Vaginal inflammation
    6%
  • Vaginal discharge
    5%
  • Accidental injury
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Gas
    4%
  • Sore throat
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    4%
  • Depression
    3%
  • Trouble sleeping
    3%
  • Nervousness
    3%
  • Skin irritation
    2%
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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
    • 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)
  • Dementia
    • Age 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
    • 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)
  • Dementia
    • Aged 65 or older
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
  • Gallbladder problems
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