Estradot, a popular hormone replacement therapy (HRT) patch, relied on by many women to ease the symptoms of menopause, is no longer available in Australia in its commercial form. The patch can now only be sourced through National Custom Compounding and a small number of compounding pharmacies throughout the country.
National Custom Compounding has supplies of the high quality pharmaceutical ingredients used in Estradot and our highly-qualified pharmacists can manufacture the patches in strictly-controlled, purpose-built laboratories right here in Queensland, Australia.
How does Estrodot work?
Manufactured as a stick-on patch, Estrodot releases low levels of the female hormone, oestradiol, into the blood stream. Oestradiol is a type of oestrogen produced in a woman’s body up until menopause. Natural production of oestradiol stops with the onset of menopause and re-introducing it into the body has been shown to provide some relief to menopausal woman experiencing uncomfortable symptoms.
As a patch, Estradot releases oestradiol into the bloodstream in low levels and, unlike regular oral medications, bypasses the stomach and liver entirely. This makes Estradot a good option for women who experience side effects from similar HRT tablets, pills and other oral medications.
Who should use Estrodot?
Estrodot is suitable for most women experiencing menopause, however women with a history of blood clots in the veins or lungs or who have had breast or uterine cancer are advised to seek other forms of treatment.
The government-funded NPS Medicinewise also recommends that Estradot only be used for short-term relief of symptoms – no longer than a few months. Prolonged use has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease stroke, blood clots on the lungs and dementia. However HRT has also been shown to reduce the risk of hip fractures and bowel cancer. Your doctor will be able to advise further on the risks and benefits associated with HRT.