Estrogel gel 0.06%

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Description

This medication contains hormones (estrogens). Typically, it is used as a female sex hormone supplement.

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Instructions

This product is an odourless, non-staining gel. For the pre-measured dose, push the plunger all the way down. Apply the gel in a thin layer over large surfaces such as arms, thighs or abdomen. Allow the gel to dry for about 2 minutes before getting dressed.

The pump contains enough gel to produce 64 metered-doses. After that you have to change the pump, because the amount of gel delivered by the pump may be too low.

For more information, read the instructions in the package carefully.

This medication is typically used only once a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Apply it regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effect.

If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as you remember -- unless it is almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed one. Do not apply more to try to catch up.

Side Effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause headaches;
  • it may cause nausea or, rarely, vomiting;
  • it may increase breast size.
  • it may affect menstruation (irregular or absence of menses);
  • it could cause water retention and swelling;

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

General Notes

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you smoke, are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.
It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

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