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Unread 06-24-2002, 04:22 PM
Climara Patch?

Hey All in the Hormone Jungle..

Can anyone tell me about their experience with the CLIMARA estradiol transdermal patch .1 mg/day??? I already tried the pill estrace and it didn't seem to help me that much, now I'm trying the patch... I really like the idea of only having to deal with it once a week instead of every day like the pill....

Again.. thanks all 's

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Unread 06-24-2002, 05:15 PM
Climara Patch?

I woke up after surgery wearing the Climara 0.1. I also thought it was so neat, put it on once a week and forget about it. It worked fine the first 2 weeks, when I wasn't doing much. The third, fourth and fifth weeks declined. My skin is still red and inflamed where I wore it those 3 weeks, it kept coming off, I added tape to attach it, I itched constantly. Anyway, I took it off yesterday and threw it away. I go back to the doctor Wednesday and we'll try another vine.

I hope you have better luck with it!
Unread 06-24-2002, 05:39 PM
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I have had good luck with the patch. I started off at .05, and increased it to .01 after 8 months. (I was having symptoms of to little estrogen, such as yeast infections and intimacy issues). True, the patch sometimes doesn't stick well. But is is so easy, and much healthier I believe because it does not have to bypass your liver. And you don't have to remember to take a pill!! Most of the time, it sticks well. I think it depends on how much you perspire, and even if you tend to take baths like me as opposed to showers. If you have "sticking" problems, I hear there are other brands you can try. Also, don't get a generic. They REALLY won't stick well. Good luck. Keep us posted. I am always interested in hearing others' experiences with the climara patch.
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Unread 06-24-2002, 09:17 PM
Climara Patch?

Hi Strobe,

I am 7 1/2 months post and have been on the Climara patch since surgical recovery. I like the patch. I have had difficulties but I look at it as a minor compared to the discomfort I had before surgery! Sometimes the patch will bubble. I just reapply it by using my warm hand and pressure. Today I was in a hot and humid motel swimming pool area (didn't swim) and was sweating big time! The patch bubbled a little but is fine now after I pressed it back on it for a few seconds.

As for a rash, well the generic patch really gave me a rash! I would NOT recommend it! It doesn't stay on and is so irritable. With the Climara patch I have some redness and itching after I remove the old patch. It lasts about a day and actually is mentioned in the information sheet that comes with the patch.

I love the patch. The once a week approach is great and it seems to do the trick for the hot flashes. I am at .75 strength (started out on .1). I like the idea of not ingesting my hormones and hopefully having less side effects. So far so good. I wish you luck with your patch!

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Unread 06-25-2002, 10:12 AM
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I had LAVH/BSO, anterior, posterior repairs and a bladder sling on June 17, 2002, and day after surgery nurse gave me a Climara Patch .75 before I came home. I have not had any hot flashes or emotional issues (yet). No problems with the patch. I put on a new one yesterday and seems okay.

good luck, shirley g
Unread 06-25-2002, 06:00 PM
Climara Patch?

I found my mood swings and flashes were much better on Climara but had trouble getting it to stick and with bubbling. Switched to the VIvelle dot about 2 months ago and it sticks to me much better. Plus it is so small that I can put a bandage over it when I exercise to avoid movement or ickies. One down fall is rememebering to change twice a week. THe upside to that is it stays fresher. I tried regaular Vivelle too. All patches seemed to have the same physical effects just different stickiness and reaction to the skin.
Unread 06-26-2002, 05:15 AM
Climara Patch?

If you're having problems with your patch adhering this thread has some helpful tips

Good luck to all.
Unread 06-26-2002, 10:57 AM
Climara Patch?

Hi FlashGal,
I have had experience with the Climara 0.1, generic 0.1 and Vivelle dot 0.1 and 0.075. I'm currently on the Vivelle dot 0.1 and hope to stay with it. Climara was fine, very comfortable, except at the last day or two it had a little trouble sticking. The generic was AWFUL, don't waste your time. And the Vivelle is my favorite. Because I change it twice a week instead of once, it doesn't stay on long enough for the adhesive to weaken, so it always sticks well.
Good luck trying the patch(es)!
Unread 06-26-2002, 12:22 PM
Climara Patch?

I have been on the Climara patch since my surgery and I love it..well the first 4 weeks were a pain, due to having received the generic at the drugstore..Went back to my dr, and he wrote me a new Rx for the real deal and I have had NO problems what so ever.. I have not had a hot flash or a night sweat, and my moods are pretty stable.. I think the generic form should be taken off the market.. I told my DB that is a dr., that if he ever Rx the Climara to one of his patients, to always write, FILL AS WRITTEN..


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