Estrogen patch for hot flashes

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I have been using the estrogen patch (Vivelle dot .1) since my surgery and have had no problems with hot flashes. However, for the past 8 months I having been getting hot flashes every now and then. Is this normal? When I mentioned it to my doctor, he just said I was already taking the highest dose the patch comes in and didn't like the idea of me using the oral kind. I'm just wondering why this would start after so many years and if anyone else has experienced this. It drives me nuts!!!
I'm post menopausal, but have been on an estrogen patch for years. The flashes were controlled until this summer. You're right, it was the same time I was diagnosed with the B6 toxicity. I'm also on 100mg of Wellbrutin which I 've heard can also cause sweats. I'm having one right now. It's early AM and I just can't get back to sleep. You're so lucky you've gotten this under control.
My oncologist put me on the Vivelle patch the day after surgery (for OVCA) and I was grateful for that...that took care of hot flashes...it did other good things for me too, but, I honestly thought I was losing my mind three months later. In retrospect, at this time, my body had run out of progesterone, since it takes three months after ovary removal for this hormone to completely leave the body. After reading sections of Notrhrup's book on hysterectomy, hormones, synthetic vs.
how about asking your doc if the tumor was estrogen positive or not.
How long was your adjustment period if you had surgical menopause and was put on an estrogen supplement? I do have, what I believe might be mild hot flashes..I feel like I'm hot and I'm running a fever but I'm not.
Prior to the surgery I took PremPro to keep the dreaded hot flashes away. I went through the change many years ago, but the hot flashes stayed with me. After the surgery, I was told to stop taking the prempro. The hot flashes have returned. I hate this waking up at night in a sweat, and having those waves of heat run over your body like being pricked by a million little pins. I still have a prescription for the prempro, and I'm tempted to start taking it again.
I had a complete hysterectomy when I was 31 yr i had yrs of hot flashes and i was on HRT for 11 yrs. I am now 50 and still have the occasional hot flash or night sweats it gets better with time the generalized weak feeling and frequent urination i think comes with the change of life which you'll probably go thru slowly. Take care and go slow but if your lightheadedness don't stop tell your dr maybe your meds are too strong or not strong enough. Good luck!
Started having sever hot-flashes so my doctor put me on the Vivelle Dot. It took care of the hot-flashes but caused me to gain 10 pounds in a 6 week period. My doc said the weight gain was from menopause. Well, I took the patch off 2 weeks ago and threw it away, and I have now lost 6 of those pounds and feel much better. I think it was causing depressiont too. I have been on bio-identical hormones for a few years - progesterone cream and DHA cream - and have done fine.
I had a total hysterectomy about 30 yrs ago and used the patch for many years - - have been off them for about 15 yrs and now - have flashes 3-4 times a day - I sweat so bad but I don't turn red or anything but my hair and face just run. Any suggestions???
I am on HRT, a very low dose bio-identical estrogen patch. So far, it is doing a good job. I get very few hot flashes, mostly at night, but I feel wonderful, emotionally. I notice that if I do get one during the day, it passes rather quickly. It's kind of tricky b/c I don't feel it coming on so, like fungirl said, it's hard to get to something that may help. At night I just kick the covers off. I'm wondering why they didn't just go the hysterectomy at the same time?
I have been using for 1 year for SEVERE HOT FLASHES ( Hot Days, hot for a week straight). I wonder if you body gets used to it and it stops working. thinking about going to a pill instead. Wonder if anyone had this happen.
My son is a Pharmeceutical Rep and said he thought the nexium is the problem and all the PPIs affect the absorption of Estrogen. If this is the problem, will the patch work. My Doctor suggested this.
side with the estrogen, especially if you haven't been menopausal very long. I'd only had hot flashes for a couple months. So I guess my body started producing erratic. They did take a blood test first to see how low I was. I was very low on everything. Now-- over 4 months later, all of a sudden they are all GONE, and I'm having a hard time!!!! Having PVC's (heart arrythimias)- and feel nervous like PMS all the time. I'm not having hot flashes again yet.
After I finished tx, I started taking estrogen/progesterone in a lozenge form as my gyno, discovered I was in menopause which I was not 1 year ago. Hot flashes, etc at the eot were horrible. Does anyone know if estrogen has an effect on the virus? I do know the tx can throw ones hormones off, just wondering if that may have contributed to the relapse. Thanks again to everyone! You are all amazing and have been so supportive and helpful. It is so comforting to know you are all out there.
Of course if I ever do develop a blood clot, the HRT will be pulled, but so far, I've not experienced hot flashes or night sweats so it must be working. The GYN said that my ovary did put out 35 units of estrogen, but now I'm only on 10 of estrogen, and she feels comfortable putting me on this to relieve any discomfort from instant menopause, and problems that can arise from the lack of hormones.
Hello, Usually hot flashes and night sweats are common with low estrogen as well as dizziness and fatigue sometimes. Unfortunately also Headaches among other symptoms. These symptoms may be experienced after withdrawal from estrogen patches. You should consult your gynecologist and then only stop using the patches. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided.
OK maybe I exaggerate, not quite serial killer...maybe...cereal eater?? DebiR, I TOTALLY get that...weird anxiety mixed with overwhelmed! That is good description of it. Chocolate isn't even working, now, you gotta know, it's really baaaaaad! Are there any over the counters things that you can get, anyone know of? This is Canada though, can't even get that one you guys can buy for sleeping.
Ask your doctor to measure both estrogen and FSH. The FSH should be getting back to the normal levels when the estrogen levels are high enough. I prefer blood levers to saliva because I think they are more accurate and consistent. Also check the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Those values are affected by estrogen as well and could contribute to your symptoms. Remifemin does work for some but usually is less effective with more severe flashes. Dosages are 20mg twice daily.
I am so thrilled to be sleeping that even the price of waking up with a headache is ok for right now. I also wonder if it takes some time for balance to happen while your own estrogen is leaving your body after the ovaries are removed (how long does that take?) Anyway, reading your posting that says you feel better than you have in years gives me such hope because my hormones have been in havoc since my radiation for my thyroid cancer.
just read this on msn dot com : Flaxseed for Hot Flashes? Recent research suggests it might just help. By Anna Roufos, EatingWell.com New research suggests that lignans, estrogen-like compounds in flaxseeds, may help relieve hot flashes.
headache and hot flashes sounds like estrogen issues. The estrogen and pro will stay in your body for awhile...excuse me..estrogen will still be there (estrone is the estrogen produced in the fat during menopause)..but your levels are off and maybe low (I know for sure that low levels cause night sweats and that hot flases can be caused by fluctuating levels. Headaches are often a hormonal symptom. Glad you posted. Keep researching.
I took Cenestin (estrogen only, I had a partial hyster, they left my ovaries)for about a year until that scare came out...the hot flashes were more bearable for some reason and finally stopped. Thank gd it's over! But I am finding that my own body is telling me not to do certain things and I'm thinking it might be a good idea to really start listening to what it's telling me. By the way, what about chocolate? Anybody know if that is bad for the liver? thats what my body is saying right now...
it is more of a nuisance than a real terrible pain...I always worry about blood clots..I took my patch off just in case for a few hours but had to put it on due to the hot flashes ...I am hoping this is nothing but I am worried..I took tylenol and that releived it somewhat and now I have the moist heating pad on it...this pain is there whether I stand, sit or lay...anyone have any answers?
Still dont understand why they slap a estradial patch on the butt of a ov cancer patient??? At first my hot flashes werent too bad...they have gotten a little worse now. I've been off the HRT for a few months but its still no big deal. They are the worst at night. Lots of cover flipping going on. I was told to just use lubricant..astroglide for sex. Oncologist said I cant even use vaginal cream cause any estrogen is bad. Worst thing for me is my brain doesnt function anymore!
I would like to take estrogen to help the menopause symptoms still driving me crazy one year after surgery and chemo for ovarian cancer stage 2c - I also had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy as I have a history of breast cancer in my family - I have heard the HRT can increase the incidence of OC but I am wondering if an estrogen patch would be safe as I have had my ovaries, uterus, tubes, cervix, and breasts removed surgically.
hot flashes, night sweats, etc -- but I never had ANY side-effects at all. I think a shot of Lupron lasts 30 days. You can take it for up to 6 months, but no longer (especially at your young age) because it puts you into temporary menopause and if you take it too long you could get osteoporosis (thinning bones). The theory is that during the time you're on Lupron, there is nothing to "feed" the endometriosis so it will shrink and maybe go away completely.
Discuss more details of tapering off with your doctor, but this is the general approach. If the reason for taking the patch was hot flashes, the flashes return in about 40% of women. Machelle M.
Thank you for your post. So, it is not just me...seriously...I have never been so outraged! I mean it, Nanik...for one thing, they did not read my comments closely enough. They twisted my words, and worst of all, they were ( I work in mental health with kids and sometimes they just fit this discription if they are having a bad day) SNARKY. I am so glad you sent an email to them.
Since interferon affects seratonin why wouldn't it affect estrogen? I'm wondering because I use an estrogen patch which pretty much guarantees me a steady level of the hormone (i.e. the interferon can't interfere with that) and I've been wondering if that's why I haven't had any of the ribarage issues--at least not so far. Honestly, I was crankier before I started tx than I have been since.
I for one, am not going to try any of those creams and hope that my hot flashes and mood swings won't be too bad. I'm already getting mood swings at 47. Also, I'm having trouble sleeping now and am told it is hormones. The compounding pharmacy out here is big on those hormone creams and they tell me if I use them I will sleep like a baby. I DOUBT IT. The name of my bc pills is Kariva 28 day tablet. But that is the generic name and I don't see the non generic name on the box.
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