All of these products are used to reduce symptoms of menopause, including feelings of warmth in the face, neck, and chest; the sudden intense episodes of heat and sweating known as “hot flashes”; dry, itchy external genitals; and vaginal irritation. They are also prescribed for other conditions that cause low levels of estrogen, and some doctors prescribe them for teenagers who fail to mature at the usual rate.
Along with diet, calcium supplements, and exercise, Estraderm, Climara, and Vivelle are prescribed to prevent osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become brittle and easily broken. Climara may also be used to treat certain types of abnormal bleeding from the uterus.
After starting your therapy, the doctor may prescribe a higher dose if necessary, but may also try decreasing the dose or discontinuing the medication every 3 to 6 months.