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Estrogel (Estradiol)and/or alternatives
Estrogel 0.06% from $0.43 USD/gramEstrogel 0.06%
Marketed as Oestrogel Gel in European Union
Manufactured by: Ferring Inc.
Product of United Kingdom. Shipped from United KingdomRxPrescription Required
Estrogel 0.06% is also available from CanadaEstrogel 0.06% from $0.69 USD/gramEstrogel 0.06%
Manufactured by: Merck Canada Inc
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
General Information on Estrogel
Estrogel is a topical ointment used to treat severe burning, itching, and dryness experienced in or around the vagina by women in the menopausal stage. It is also used to treat night sweats and severe hot flashes due to menopause.
Estradiol, the main active ingredient in the medication, is actually a sex hormone known as estrogen. During menopause, the ovaries do not produce estrogen. Estrogel works to replenish estrogen in the body and binds itself to nuclear receptors in estrogen sensitive tissues to prevent the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone, which may be one of the causes of menopause symptoms.
Estrogel is available in the form of a topical gel. It is a prescription medication, which means it is necessary to consult a doctor before you buy Estrogel.
Side effects of Estrogel
Estrogel may cause mild to severe side effects in some women. Some women may experience darkening of the skin, hair loss, nausea, breast pain, fluid retention, bloating, stomach cramps, or migraine headaches after applying the gel. These are common side effects that can be easily treated by your doctor. However, you must consult your doctor if these side effects persist or worsen.
Estrogel may also cause severe side effects. Some of the severe side effects associated with the drug are persistent upper abdominal pain, vomiting, heavy or painful periods, abdominal tenderness, breast lumps, nausea, yellowing of the eyes or skin, or problems wearing contact lenses. Other side effects associated with Estrogel include persistent skin irritation, loss of coordination, severe or sudden headache, pain in the calf region, groin, chest, or leg.
Some women may also experience severe side effects such as sudden slurring of speech, unexplained or sudden shortness of breath, numbness or weakness in the legs or arms, and sudden vision changes such as double vision or partial or complete loss of vision. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience or notice any severe side effects after using Estrogel.
Estrogel is only indicated for women experiencing menopause. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not buy Estrogel and use it to treat any similar symptoms.
Dosage of Estrogel
Your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding the dosage. You need to apply Estrogel to your skin once daily. The gel comes in the form of a convenient to use pump that allows you to measure the exact dose.
Squeeze out the recommended quantity of Estrogel, apply it to your wrist, shoulder, or the inner or outer sides of the arm, and let the gel dry. Estrogel must not be applied on the breasts.
Estrogel may interact with other medicines you are using and cause side effects. It may interact with some seizure medications, barbiturates, protease inhibitor HIV medications, Cyclosporine, St. John's Wort, Rifamycin antibiotics, thyroid replacement medications, and several antibiotics and antifungal medications.
To reduce the risk of side effects, inform your doctor about every drug you are using before starting Estrogel treatment, including prescription medicines, over the counter drugs, and herbal supplements.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.