Elestrin estradiol gel 0.06%

Menopause
and Treatment Options

Other Treatments for Hot Flashes

In addition to estrogen therapy, there are other products available for the treatment of hot flashes.

One type of product is called a bioidentical. The term bioidentical can be confusing. Elestrin and many other FDA-approved treatments are considered bioidentical because they contain an estradiol hormone that is either the same or similar to the principal form of estrogen in a woman's body.3 However, some products that are commonly referred to as bioidenticals are actually prepared, or compounded, at pharmacies and may contain nonbioidentical elements.13 To read the FDA's position about compounded hormones, click here.

Compounded hormones—as well as other herbal remedies (e.g., black cohosh) and over-the-counter products—have not been approved by the FDA. Likewise, clinical data may not be available for these products.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about the best treatment option for you.

All estrogen therapy has risks. Please see important risk information at the bottom of this page. Before you start treatment, discuss the benefits and risks of any therapy with your healthcare provider.

Call your doctor for medical advice about any side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or to Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 1-877-999-8401.