Alora

(estradiol patch)

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Relieves hot flashes and vaginal dryness due to menopause and strengthens your bones.

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

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Quick facts about Alora
  • Drug class: Women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (estradiol patch)

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.
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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.
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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.

Quick facts about Alora
  • Drug class: Women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (estradiol patch)

Used for

  • Treats hot flashes, night sweats and flushing in women in menopause
  • Treats vaginal changes in women in menopause
  • Treats low estrogen in women

Dosage forms

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

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  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Skin irritation
  • Breast Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Back Pain
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Side effect rates for Alora (estradiol patch)

From 261 clinical trials of Alora when taken for menopausal symptoms (.1 mg/day)
  • Vaginal bleeding
    33%33%
    13%13%
  • Headache
    21%21%
    13%13%
  • Lung infection
    16%16%
    26%26%
  • Pain
    9%9%
    13%13%
  • Sinus infection
    8%8%
    18%18%
  • Vaginal inflammation
    8%8%
    7%7%
  • Breast pain
    7%7%
    8%8%
  • Back pain
    6%6%
    6%6%
  • Skin irritation
    6%6%
    59%59%
  • Accidental injury
    5%5%
    5%5%
  • Gas
    5%5%
    6%6%
  • Trouble sleeping
    5%5%
    8%8%
  • Itchiness
    5%5%
    5%5%
  • Nausea
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Flu like symptoms
    3%3%
    10%10%
  • Stomach pain
    3%3%
    5%5%
  • Diarrhea
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Depression
    3%3%
    9%9%
  • Airway inflammation
    3%3%
    7%7%
  • Cough
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Rash
    3%3%
    6%6%
  • Weakness
    2%2%
    5%5%
  • Constipation
    2%2%
    5%5%
  • Swelling of arms and legs
    2%2%
    5%5%
  • Muscle aches
    2%2%
    5%5%
  • Anxiety
    2%2%
    3%3%
  • Sore throat
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Breast growth
    2%2%
    3%3%
  • Bladder infection
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • White or yellow vaginal discharge
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Breast tumor
    2%2%
    7%7%
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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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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Alora
XUnsafe
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  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.