Elleste Solo MX is a Hormone Replacement Therapy Patch used to treat the menopause symptoms experienced by women. It is primarily used to help treat vaginal dryness and hot flashes. However, it is also used to treat other conditions that need estrogen replacement hormones. This is common for conditions wherein the ovaries of the woman don’t create enough estrogen for her body.
The active ingredient is Estradiol which is also a form of Estrogen which is the major female sex hormone. It is responsible for the regulation of the menstrual cycle as well as the development of the secondary sexual characteristics for females. However, when women reach menopause age, the ovaries begin producing less estrogen which effectively stops the menstrual cycle. This is a particularly bothersome period for the woman as hormone levels fluctuate erratically during this period as the body is adjusting which causes a lot of discomfort and problems.
As the body transitions to menopause, the interval between each menstrual cycle becomes longer and erratic. Other symptoms experienced include:
Elleste Solo MX is used as a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). As its name implies, it carries a synthetic version of Estrogen and replaces it in the body so as to make up for the decrease in estrogen production. Since most of the problems caused by menopause happen because the body is adjusting to the decreasing levels of estrogen, replacing it with a synthetic source will ultimately relieve the symptoms felt.
Elleste Solo MX contains Estradiol which is a form of Estrogen. This hormone is the major female sex hormone produced in the body and is also the hormone that begins to decrease in supply during menopause. This means that by using the medication as a Hormone Replacement Therapy Patch, the body will have its normal supply of estrogen which means it will no longer feel the effects of decreasing Estrogen supplies. This also means that hot flashes, joint pains, heart palpitations, etc won’t be felt too much by the person.
Another benefit of using Elleste Solo is that it can also be used to help prevent osteoporosis in women. Osteoporosis is a condition wherein the bone becomes brittle and the calcium density of the bones drop. This is very common to menopausal women as estrogen also plays a part in calcium absorption in the bones and the decrease in this hormone makes the bones brittle. This increases the risks for fractures and other related injuries.
This medication comes as a HRT Transdermal Patch so you will first have to read up on how to properly use skin patches. The patch should be applied after a bath or shower to ensure that the skin is clean. Carefully take the patch out from the pouch and make sure to be careful not to tear it. Remove the protective plastic cover. Make sure not to touch the adhesive section. Look for a dry, clean, and non-hairy skin area and apply the sticky side firmly to the required body part. Every drug patch requires a specific body part or location that needs to be followed. In the case of Elleste Solo MX, the patch needs to be applied below the waist, or on the lower back, or in the buttocks. Don’t apply on exact same place consecutively as it might cause redness and irritation. Also, make sure not to use creams, moisturizers, and powders in the area which might prevent the patch from sticking properly.
The Elleste Solo MX patch needs to be continued for 3 to 4 days before being replaced. To make things easier, you can schedule the patch to be replaced twice a week at set days such as Sunday and Wednesday.
When the patch falls off due to vigorous exercise or sweating, simply replace the patch with a new one on a different location. It is then up to you if you will still follow your previous schedule or you’ll make a new schedule based on the new patch.
The medication comes in a transdermal patch and contains 1.25 mg of Estradiol Hemihydrate. One patch is good for 3 to 4 days. Don’t use two patches at once and make sure to remove on before placing a new one.
As the medication is a hormone replacement therapy, there are a lot of factors that your doctor will need to consider. Don’t use the patch if you have ever had breast cancer or are suspected of having one. This also means that if you have or are suspected of having cancer that is sensitive to estrogen, inform your doctor immediately. There are numerous precautions that need to be checked before using the patch so make sure to work closely with your doctor to make sure that you are cleared to use the medication.
Other side effects include:
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