Compare Estrogel vs. Premarin

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Estrogel (Estradiol)

Prescription only
Relieves hot flashes and vaginal dryness due to menopause.

Estrogel (Estradiol) is a topical gel that can relieve both vaginal dryness and hot flashes, but needs to be applied across the length your entire arm.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 78 reviewsforEstrogel
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.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 154 reviewsforPremarin
Upsides
  • The pump is easy to use and comes in two different bottle sizes.
  • Good alternative if you don't want to take estrogen pills.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Available as brand name product only so it may be expensive.
  • Directions for application can be messy and hard to follow.
  • You may unknowingly expose others to the medicine through skin contact.
  • All estrogen replacement therapies are associated with serious side-effects like blood clots, uterine cancer, and breast cancer. You will need to thoroughly discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before starting treatment.
  • 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.
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Used for
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Primary ovarian failure
  • Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Advanced prostate cancer
  • Gender identity disorder (male-to-female transsexual)
  • Turner syndrome
Dosage forms
  • Gel
  • Pill
Price
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Reviews
78 reviews so far
45%
saidit'sworth it
28%
saiditworked well
10%
saidit'sa big hassle

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154 reviews so far
50%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
11%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Breast pain
    11%
  • Headache
    10%
  • Gas
    5%
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28possible side effects
  • Headache
    13%
  • Abdominal pain
    9%
  • Breast pain
    7%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Asthenia
    4%
  • Back pain
    4%
  • Pain
    4%
  • Flatulence
    4%
  • Insomnia
    4%
  • Leukorrhea
    4%
  • Vaginal moniliasis
    4%
  • Leg cramps
    3%
  • Depression
    3%
  • Pruritus
    3%
  • Vaginitis
    3%
  • Pelvic pain
    2%
  • Hypertension
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Dyspepsia
    2%
  • Weight gain
    2%
  • Emotional lability
    2%
  • Hypertonia
    2%
  • Acne
    2%
  • Alopecia
    2%
  • Breast enlargement
    2%
  • Breast neoplasm
    2%
  • Cervix disorder
    2%
  • Vaginal hemorrhage
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Uterine 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
  • Inflammation of pancreas
    • 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
    • Duration of use
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Increased risk of heart disease
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Age 50 or older
  • Memory loss
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Prior severe allergic reaction to Premarin (Conjugated Estrogens)
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
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