What is an estradiol transdermal system?

An estradiol transdermal system is a method for delivering estradiol, which is a form of estrogen. This hormone is used to treat symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes (also called hot flushes), which cause a sudden onset of warmth and perspiration, as well as vaginal dryness, burning and itching. Doctors may also recommend using an estradiol transdermal system to help prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and break easily) in women who are experiencing or have experienced menopause.

A transdermal system -- better known as a "patch" -- is attached to the skin and delivers a continuous dose of medicine. Some patches are applied once or twice weekly. Some of the brand names of the estradiol transdermal system are: Alora, Climara, Estraderm, Menostar, Vivelle, Vivelle-Dot.

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