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Generally, when estrogen is prescribed for a postmenopausal woman with a uterus, consider addition of a progestin to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.
Generally, a woman without a uterus does not need to take a progestin in addition to her estrogen therapy. In some cases, however, hysterectomized women who have a history of endometriosis may need a progestin [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2), (5.14)].
Use estrogen-alone, or in combination with a progestin, at the lowest effective dose and for the shortest duration consistent with treatment goals and risks for the individual woman. Reevaluate postmenopausal women periodically as clinically appropriate to determine if treatment is still necessary.
ELESTRIN is applied onto the skin in a thin layer. The recommended area of application is the upper arm to shoulder (approximately 320 cm2).
Treatment of Moderate to Severe Vasomotor Symptoms due to Menopause
ELESTRIN is applied once daily to the upper arm for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms due to menopause using a metered-dose pump which delivers 0.87 grams of estradiol gel (0.52 mg estradiol) per actuation (1 pump).
Start therapy with one pump per day (0.87 grams per day, which contains 0.52 mg of estradiol).
Make dosage adjustments based on clinical response.
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