What is Evorel?
Evorel is a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) preparation that supplements the declining hormone level in women with menopausal symptoms. Each patch contains the female sex hormone estradiol. This hormone is produced less and less in pre-menopause and during menopause itself, which can cause distressing symptoms. The active ingredient, estradiol, is released in the bloodstream through the skin to restore hormonal balance and reduce or eliminate the symptoms of menopause.
What is it used for?
Evorel helps relieve menopausal symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes;
- Night sweats;
- Sleep disorders;
- Dryness of mucous membranes (eyes, vagina);
- Mood swings, nervousness, depression.
In some cases, Evorel is also prescribed to prevent osteoporosis after menopause.
How to use Evorel
Evorel patches should be applied to clean, dry skin and replaced several times a week. Each fresh patch should be applied to a slightly different area to avoid irritating the skin. Note: patches should NOT be applied on or near the breasts or arms. Evorel is most suitable for women who have had a hysterectomy. Evorel Sequi or Evorel Conti patches are more suitable for women who have not had a hysterectomy, because in addition to oestrogen, they contain a progestogen hormone to protect the womb lining. Consult your doctor for more information.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual dose is:
- One patch at a time, replaced with a fresh patch every three to four days.
Before you start using this medicine, be sure to read the package leaflet.
Evorel may cause side effects. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Skin irritation at patch application site;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms;
- Breast tenseness or soreness;
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Evorel is usually not given to women in the fertile age bracket. If, in exceptional cases, this medicine is prescribed, it should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Evorel does not affect your reaction time or impair your ability to drive safely.
There are no known interactions between alcohol or specific foods and Evorel.