VIVELLE-DOT Reviews

Average Rating: 4.1 (78 Ratings)

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RATING  REASONSIDE EFFECTS FOR VIVELLE-DOTCOMMENTSSEXAGEDURATION/
DOSAGE
DATE ADDED
 
 5  hysterectomy + BSO None It doesn't irritate my skin like the others, it stays on well, and I have relief from hot flashes with no bloating or breast tenderness. F 32 1 years
7/14/2003
 4  Hysterectomy/HRT Didn't seem to help libido as much as Climara, but sticks better F 51 8 months
7/4/2004
 5  hot flashes It worked great for me. I didn't experience the side effects that I did with the pill form of estrogen. F 54 3 years
10/30/2004
 5  hot flashes none It worked great for me. I didn't experience the side effects that I did with the pill form of estrogen. F 54 3 years
10/30/2004
 5  hot flashes None; hard to clean off sticky remains of patch Worked really well for me. Stays put in showers and hot tubs! F 49 3 months
2/19/2005
 5  hysterectomy No side effects that I am aware of. Have tried about everything since I was 26 years old and had a hysterectomy. I feel the best on this. Highly recommend it over pills. I have learned that estrogen is needed to deal with every day stress. Without it, I would even cry at sad commercials -- which is so not like me. F 58 5 years
7/12/2005
 2  hysterectomy/HRT dizziness. unsteady gait. just started on vivelle dot for a month. will wait to see whether symptoms will improve overtime. F 39 1 months
8/15/2006
 5  For symptoms of perimenopause None. I couldn't function without this drug. Despite my reluctance, starting hormone replacement was the best medical decision I've made. I regret not starting it sooner. It reversed my word-finding and memory problems, fatigue, insomnia, and subtle personality changes that I thought I was just stuck with. The patch gives continuous release so estrogen levels don't vary, which can make you feel queasy. It also bypasses the liver, so it's easier on your body. The adhesive is great; the patch rarely comes off. F 56 9 years
3/14/2007
 4  perimenopause None, so far so good, I hope it stays this good. I had night sweats, up all night, I felt like I was going crazy. The sweating completely stopped on night 2 and I CAN SLEEP!!! Girls, you don't have to suffer. This is the 21st century!!! F 51 1 weeks
4/15/2007
 5  Hysterectomy None I love the Vivelle-dot! I was put on it after a full hysterectomy (for endometriosis/adenomyosis) in 2002. It's helped my mood, sex life, and I don't get the hot flashes and sleep problems that so many of my friends seem to be having. I started out at 1.1 mg and have slowly tapered down to .5 mg. I don't plan to be on it indefinitely, but it (and the hysterectomy) has been a godsend for me. After 35 years of period-associated pain, heavy bleeding, and mood swings, I feel like a new woman. F 53 4 years
4/20/2007
 5  menopausal symptoms None, except for the residue left on my skin-- but even if it turned my skin blue, I'd still rate it a 5 (or higher)! After taking Premarin for several months and still not feeling well, I started the Vivelle Dot and after two days I could tell a HUGE difference in my well-being. It has truly give me my life back! It is so much safer than oral estrogen, and I would recommend it to anyone, especially those hesitant about estrogen therapy! F 51 2 months
5/30/2007
 5  surgical menopause none to complain of except Great Goodness... After a TAH/BSO, my doctor gave me a generic Climara patch, manufactured by Mylan. It reeked. It was Big and Thick and Band-aid colored and the glue did not go all the way to the edge - there was a millimeter or two to spare between 'the rim' and 'where the glue begins' and it collected hideous 'belly-button-lint' at the intersect zone...after I took the patch off, there was always a big nasty gunky ring what would take rubbing alcohol to remove. And::: some of those Climara-clone patches wouldn't stick worth a s*** which is Just Disgusting at $8+ per patch, eh. The Vivelle-Dot is way smaller, transparent and thinner, and sticks like a Tick...the glue goes all the way to the edge. I have to look for it to see if it's still there, instead of having it STARE at me (like a Scarlet "M", hunh) like the Other One did. Very pleased! Tell your doc to switch you! F 46 1 months
8/22/2007
 5  Menopausal symptoms None. LOVED the dot! I was clear-headed again, no more hot flashes, got my memory back. It was wonderful. Highly recommended WITH PROGESTERONE SUPPORT! I got uterine cancer, ladies, because I didn't take the progesterone component seriously. If you don't know what I'm talking about, ask your doctor. Do your research, use the dot and TAKE PROGESTERONE! F 59 5 years
9/17/2007
 3  had ovaries remover none that i know of F 46 60 days
1/2/2008
 5  Perimenopausal symptoms Breast tenderness and fullness, very minor weight gain which feels more like bloating. I was having troublesome hot-flashes at night, sleeping problems, very low sex drive and generally feeling angry at the world. After a week on Vivelle-Dot (0.025 mg) I started feeling much better. I hope the breast tenderness goes away! It seems to ebb and flow which makes me wonder if my body is still cycling. No periods, but I do have a Mirena IUD as well. F 47 2 months
8/25/2008
 4  menapause symptoms Non so far I am a breast cancer survivor and had terrible hot flashes. I decided that maybe the shocks of my hot flashes may not be any better than replacement therapy so I decided to ask my doctor for the Dot and progesterone cream . I am on the lowest dose and it has helped tremendously. I have only been on for a month so I will update later. So far no weight gain or anything. Also my pimples seemed to get better too and sexual interest has some what returned. F 53 3.5 weeks
9/23/2008
 5  perimenopause and moods none. just make sure you take progesterone at least 10days per month. Don't do the dot alone. Can cause uterine overgrowth and maybe cancer. M 48 4 years
11/15/2008
 5  Hysterectomy none I just started the dot. I was previously taking permarin for about 6 years now. I was afraid to try something new but I finally worked up the nerve to try it. I hope everything goes well. I like it so far. Has anyone had a problems with weight gain or headaches? M 34 1 weeks
12/21/2008
 5  Hysterectomy/BSO Minor skin irritation. Glue difficult to remove. Worked very well stopping menopause symptoms. Lost some weight which caused need for a higher dose. I've had better results with the dot than with various pill forms of estrogen. F 55 12 months
12/24/2008
 4  hysterectomy and BSO Some weight gain because hypothyroid, then discovered you need to use natural progesterone to prevent estrogen from competing with thyroxine binding sites. A great product. Easy to use, a bit pricey but works. Wish it came in a higher dose. I think I need more than the 0.1 dose. Helps to overlap doses, leave old patch on for a few hours until new one has "kicked in". Then remove old one. Recommend as great source of bio-identical estrogen. F 42 3 months
1/12/2009
  

VIVELLE-DOT  (ESTRADIOL):  This medication is a female hormone (estrogen). It is used by women to help reduce symptoms of menopause (such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness). These symptoms are caused by the body making less estrogen. If you are using this medication to treat symptoms only in and around the vagina, products applied directly inside the vagina should be considered before medications that are taken by mouth, absorbed through the skin, or injected. This medication may also be used by women who are not able to produce enough estrogen (for example, due to hypogonadism, primary ovarian failure). Certain estrogen products may also be used by women after menopause to prevent bone loss (osteoporosis). However, there are other medications (such as raloxifene, bisphosphonates including alendronate) that are also effective in preventing bone loss and may be safer. These medications should be considered for use before estrogen treatment.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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