Frequently Asked Questions about Elestrin
- What is Elestrin?
- What is Elestrin used for?
- Who shouldn't use Elestrin?
- What are the ingredients in Elestrin?
- How should I use Elestrin?
- What should I do if someone is exposed to Elestrin?
- What should I do if I miss a dose?
- What are the common side effects of Elestrin?
- How much does Elestrin cost?
- What makes Elestrin unique?
- What kind of estrogen is in Elestrin?
- How do I apply Elestrin?
What is Elestrin?
Elestrin is a medicine that's used to treat moderate-to-severe hot flashes due to menopause. It's a colorless gel that contains an estrogen hormone (estradiol), which is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.
What is Elestrin used for?
Elestrin is used to reduce moderate-to-severe hot flashes and night sweats due to menopause. During menopause, a woman's ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces lower levels of estrogen and other hormones, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether. Most women experience menopause between the ages of 40 and 58, with the average age being around 51.4
When the estrogen levels begin dropping, some women develop very uncomfortable symptoms, such as feelings of warmth in the face, neck, and chest, or sudden strong feelings of heat and sweating ("hot flashes"). In some women, the symptoms are mild, and they will not need treatment. In other women, symptoms can be more severe.4 Talk to your doctor to see if Elestrin may be right for you.
Do not use Elestrin, if you:
- Have unusual bleeding from your vagina
- Have or had certain kinds of cancers
- Had a stroke or heart attack in the past year
- Have or had blood clots
- Have or had liver problems
- Are allergic to Elestrin or any of its ingredients
- Think you may be pregnant or are planning to be pregnant
For additional important risk information, please see below on this page for boxed warning, precautions, adverse reactions, and contraindications. For more information, see the full Prescribing Information for Elestrin.
What are the ingredients in Elestrin?
The active ingredient in Elestrin is estradiol, a form of estrogen. Learn about the inactive ingredients in Elestrin by viewing the patient information here.
- Clean and dry your skin.
- Apply 1 or 2 pumps as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Rub into your upper arm or shoulder using only 2 fingers; allow approximately 5 minutes to dry.
- Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after applying Elestrin.
Be sure to use Elestrin exactly how your healthcare provider tells you.
For more details on how to use Elestrin, click here.
What should I do if someone is exposed to Elestrin?
If someone else is exposed to Elestrin by direct contact with the gel, that person should wash the area of contact with soap and water as soon as possible. The longer the gel is in contact with the skin before washing, the greater the chance that the other person will absorb some of the estrogen. This is especially important for men and children.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, do not double the dose on the next day to catch up. If your next dose is less than 12 hours away, it is best just to wait and apply your normal dose the next day. If it is more than 12 hours until the next dose, apply the dose you missed and resume your normal dosing the next day.
What are the common side effects of Elestrin?
- The most frequently reported adverse events in a clinical trial with Elestrin were:
- Breast pain
- Irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Stomach/abdominal cramps or bloating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hair loss
These are not all the possible side effects associated with Elestrin. See additional risk information, including boxed warning, at the bottom of this page. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist, or view the Patient Information for Elestrin therapy.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch.
How much does Elestrin cost?
When you use the coupon for Elestrin, you can pay as little as $25 on your Elestrin prescriptions.
What makes Elestrin unique?
Elestrin gel uses a patented technology called Advanced Transdermal Delivery (ATD™). Using this technology, Elestrin is efficiently absorbed through the skin to deliver the relief you need with a low dose of estrogen.1,2
What kind of estrogen is in Elestrin?
Elestrin contains 17 beta-estradiol, a form of estrogen that was harvested from a plant source and refined in the lab, and is similar to the hormone found naturally in your body.3
How do I apply Elestrin?
Elestrin is a colorless, non-staining gel that dries in approximately 5 minutes and is spread on a small area of your upper arm or shoulder once a day.
If someone else is exposed to Elestrin by direct contact with the gel, that person should wash the area of contact with soap and water as soon as possible. The longer the gel is in contact with the skin before washing, the greater the chance that the other person will absorb some of the estrogen. This is especially important for men and children. For more information on how to apply Elestrin, click here.