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Vivelle-DOT (Estradiol) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Vivelle-DOT (Estradiol) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 11 ratings/reviews, Vivelle-DOT has an overall score of 9.09. The effectiveness score is 9.64 and the side effect score is 9.09. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Vivelle-DOT review by 61 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   menopausal symptoms
Dosage & duration:   0.0375 mg patch taken twice per week for the period of 2.5 months
Other conditions:   allergies and ocular hypertension
Other drugs taken:   Fexofenedine and Xalatan
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I had recently developed hotflashes which were becoming notceably worse. Very shortly after beginning this drug, my hot flashes stopped. I am hoping there are other benefits like preserving the integrity of my body, but it may be too soon to tell. It definitely alleviated the hot flashes, however.
Side effects:   None that I have noticed, so far.
Comments:   This drug comes in a very small patch which you change every three to four days. It's worn on the lower abdomen. That's it. You really can't feel it, and don't even know it's there.

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 50 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Hormone Replacement
Dosage & duration:   .1 mg / .075 mg / .05 mg taken every 4 days for the period of have taken it for 5 & 1/2 yrs. +
Other conditions:   hypertension, allergies, mild arthritis
Other drugs taken:   Norvasc, Fosamax, Allegra, Ibuprofen, decongestants
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I began using Vivelle patches shortly after my hysterectomy five and one-half years ago. I have more stability in my moods w/ better emotional control. I have fewer episodes of irritability and feel more calm and collected. I don't experience any of the physical symptoms of menopause like, hot flashes.
Side effects:   I had absolutely no side effects from the HRT. I feel wonderful. I would like to use HRT forever.
Comments:   I apply a patch about every 4 days, even though my gynecologist recommended one every 3 because my prescription plan will only pay for one pack per month, which only contains 8 patches. Hello! That only covers 24 days. Do they not know that there are at least 30 days in a month?! By the time the fourth day arrives, I find myself feeling more irritable. My husband will even notice and say to me, "Did you change your patch recently"? He even notices how much more 'even keeled' I am with it.I used the .1mg patch for 3 and a half years, then went to the .075mg patch for 1 and a half years, and have now been on the .05mg patch for 6 months. The only reason I tapered it was because of the concerns listed in the research and upon advisement of my physician. I prefer the 1mg patch and would like to use it until I die! I apply the patch just below my waistline on the left side of my hip area, then when I change it I place the new one in the same area on my right side. It's easy, simple and so-o-o-o- effective!

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 54 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   low estragen
Dosage & duration:   lowest (dosage frequency: twice a week) for the period of year and half
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   advair
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I had more energy, better disposition and I slept better. This hormone therapy is great. I think most menopausal women should take it. It made me feel more like my old self.
Side effects:   I had absolutely no side effects.
Comments:   I put on a new patch twice a week. I recommend Vivelle Dot to most women.

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 49 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   surgical menopause
Dosage & duration:   1.0 (dosage frequency: twice a week) for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The benefits are that it does take away night sweats and hot flashes.
Side effects:   The side effect I have noticed is very sore swollen breasts and weight gain! Not sure if I want to stay on the Vivelle Dot for those reasons. The weight gain is making me very unhappy.
Comments:   Change the patch twice a week.

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 45 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Hysterectomy
Dosage & duration:   0.1 (dosage frequency: once every three and a half days) for the period of since I was 36, and still using.
Other conditions:   Hypothydroidism
Other drugs taken:   Synthroid
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The treatment benefits was estrogen replacement. This estrogen patch system significatly reduced my headaches. Estrogen is not processed through the liver when delivered via a patch, therefore reducing hormone induced migrains. I felt normal for the first time in years after my hysterectomy. I love this medication.
Side effects:   The only side effect I have experienced is that the patch leaves sticky stuff on your skin. The adhesive can be very difficult to remove.
Comments:   Vivelle Dot is an Estrogen replacement patch that is placed on the abdomen every 3 1/2 days. It comes in several dose strengths. It has significantly reduced my headaches due to hormone replacement. He is also great for people who have trouble remembering to take a daily pill. I highly recommend this product.

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 49 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   menopausal symptoms
Dosage & duration:   0.0375 mg taken 2 x per week for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Fewer hot flashes & irritability.
Side effects:   Considerably sore breasts first 4-5 months of treatment. I would encourage women with breast tenderness to hang in there. It went away completely over time. Once in a while I have a day or two of soreness, but very tolerable.
Comments:   Started with 0.025 mg 2 X per week. Then started having more hot flashes so am trying 0.0375 mg. If cost is an issue, you CAN cut these patches. So if you wanted 0.025 you could buy the 0.05 and cut it in half.

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 60 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   hysterectomy/cessation of menses
Dosage & duration:   .075 (dosage frequency: twice a week) for the period of 5 years
Other conditions:   hyperthyroid, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel
Other drugs taken:   synthroid
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   cessation of hot flashes, vaginal dryness. The patch is clean and always delivers the same amount of medication, so it is very reliable
Side effects:   No side effects, but because it is a patch, there is no way to change the dosage even a little. With a cream, you can always put on a little more, if you have a breakthrough hot flash, or if something changes so that you are having hot flashes.
Comments:   Patch was applied to skin twice a week

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 53 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   hot flashes/ over all feel better
Dosage & duration:   .0375 (dosage frequency: twicw wekly patch) for the period of 6 mo
Other conditions:   weight gain swollen breasts
Other drugs taken:   progestrine
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Hot flashes are not as often and not so intense.The patch is very easy to use. I can not tell I'm wearing one. I no longer have night sweats. Going to work is a lot easier, my head is not constantly on fire!
Side effects:   weight gain!
Comments:   patch was prescribed because I had no estrogen in my body what so ever

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 59 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Menopause
Dosage & duration:   .075 mg patch taken apply new one twice a week for the period of Been on it continuously for 8 yrs
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   BIO estrogen is the only prescription med I take. I'm in good health other than some pesky osteoarthritis in my finger joints and hips. I eat pretty well and keep my weight within a healthy norm (fluctuates about 10 lbs over a year back and forth depending on how hard I try). Had good blood test results about a year ago - low blood pressure, everything within the normal range for my age.
Side effects:   The only side effects that I am aware of are the positive ones - keeping my skin from being overly dry, lack of menopausal symptoms (mostly). This patch has been a godsend for me, but I had my uterus removed in my 30s due to excessive bleeding, so I am not at risk for uterine cancer. There is no history of breast cancer in my immediate family (grandmothers/mother/sister)
Comments:   Started out on a .1 mg patch and worked down to a .075 patch.... doc wanted me to go lower, but when I do I get some night sweats and can tell the difference so I am staying on the .075 = my hormone levels in my blood are normal for a woman my age on HRT.

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 48 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   hysterectomy
Dosage & duration:   0.1 (dosage frequency: 2xwk) for the period of 3mths
Other conditions:   PCOS/ back surgery/hypertention
Other drugs taken:   darvocett / flector patch/ hydrochlorothiazide/wellbutrin/xanax
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Amazing! I take nothing but this vivelle dot and add a dab of progeserone cream (natural) and vitamins. I have never felt better!
Side effects:   Get tired and have brain fogg if I forget to change patch.
Comments:   Change patch every Sunday morning and Thursday night. Make sure I get script filled day before I need it! I will stay on this forever! If you suffer from hormone problems such as hair loss where you want it, hair growth where you don't want it, mild hot flashes, brain fogg, tired beyond your normal tired, but don't sleep without taking something. Past the word crabby, and cry because a little old lady won a car on a game show...honey, get it pulled out and put the patch on and get your life back!:)

 

Vivelle-DOT review by 57 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Menopausal
Dosage & duration:   0.1 Patch (dosage frequency: 2/week) for the period of 10+ years
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Relief of menopausal symptoms, including headaches, hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disturbance, and depression. My marriage and job relationships had been suffering from these symptoms after having a hysterectomy due to severe fibroids.
Side effects:   No negative side effects. Improved skin, more libido, iwere side benefits.
Comments:   Apply a patch twice a week to abdomen, according to directions, change it after 3 days/4 days
 


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