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Offline ramilove

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Patches
« on: January 20, 2021, 05:28:57 pm »
 I started on the patches today, the dosing is related to size? I have the largest dose and this thing is huge. The areas recommended in the drug literature for location, back side of hip or appendix area interferes with clothing, is in an areas that would chaff or have deposits of loose fat,  so I ended up using the top of my thigh where skin is taught and I could get the thing to stick. At 67 years old I suppose I really do not have many other options, Gels, implants ...
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Re: Patches
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2021, 06:22:32 pm »
I have been using patches for a few years. Mine are the strongest ones made by Sandoz, but they are only 25mm x 40mm (1in x 1.6in). I've found that wetting the area down with baby oil for about 5 minutes after removing the patch makes the adhesive much easier to remove. I'm considering injections because I'm really tired of the time it takes to get the adhesive off.

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Re: Patches
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2021, 08:00:25 pm »
Patches are considered the safest delivery method for older women like us.

Any hair free area is acceptable for applying a patch. Of course, avoid any area where the skin folds over and keep rotating the site.

Brand name patches seem to be better tolerated as far as staying on the skin and leaving little residue. Generic patches, while much cheaper, seem to have more issues.

There are several delivery methods available, because we all have our own preferences. If patches are not for you, then injections are the next most popular.  Topical creams are messy and tend to rub off easily. Pellets are expensive and must be inserted by your doctor.

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Re: Patches
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2021, 10:10:09 am »
After the First night with the patch, I do not even know it is there. Any special precautions when showering, bathing, sauna, steam room, sun bathing, swimming.
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Re: Patches
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2021, 10:23:50 am »
You should prep the area first. Make sure there is no hair in the way, then use an alcohol swab to make sure there are no oils or lotions in the area. Once you apply the patch, put some pressure on it with the heel of your hand for 20 - 30 seconds. I exercise quite a bit and perspire profusely, but my patches never surrender until I peel them off. If the patches refuse to cooperate, check with your doctor to see if they can prescribe a different brand which may have better adhesive. I normally stick the patches a few inches below and on either side of my belly button. Good luck!

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Re: Patches
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2021, 11:52:17 am »
I found the Evorel brand good when I used them. They survived swimming, showers, baths, cycling, running, and stayed firm.

I would always give the area a shave and a good clean and cleanse before applying. X

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Re: Patches
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2021, 12:29:57 pm »
For me gel was by far the best method.. and one not mentioned yet on here?

I got fed up with all the sticky residue and I also had a few spots appear sometimes  with patches..  Injections do not seem to give me a nice level dose over their course...
With gel, it seems so easy, just rub into the skin, let it dry (it's quick) and that is it.. I guess the downside is gel doesn't survive swimming or showers, but I shower first thing before applying it.. and I can't remember the last time I went swimming..

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Re: Patches
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2021, 08:40:39 pm »
For me gel was by far the best method.. and one not mentioned yet on here?

I did mention Topical Creams, which technically are not a gel, but they are used in the same way.

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Re: Patches
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2021, 04:30:03 am »
Back in November, I started with the Sandoz brand, but into my first box, I had two of them that started peeling off (and, the spot on my skin was good, I know that!)

I switched over to Estradot, and I definitely prefer them.  They stay on, and, it's a smaller patch but the same dosage (granted, Sandoz would be better than nothing, but I'm glad other brands exist).
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Re: Patches
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2021, 08:57:43 am »
Hello again Ramilove

I am 65 and hence similar age to you and agree with others that you have the option of E-Gel.

I was 21 months on Evorel Patches but due to shortage in UK in 2019, changed to E-Gel.

Fortunately I have had no problems with either Evorel Patches or Sandrena E-Gel.

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Re: Patches
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2021, 11:44:41 am »
Hi All,

I was on Evorell Patches which the instructions said had to go below waist they were about 2.5cm x 2.5cm square i put first one on inner thigh and it hurt like hell switched to butt and they were fine. I also had to switch to Estradot due to UK shortages they go between belly button and waist and are super tiny
I have switched to Dutch Healthcare and they don't do Estradot so now on Sandoz for last 6 months they are huge 8cm x 5cm oval I have trouble find skin between belly button and waist that has had a rest

The patches don't seem to come off once on the important thing is not to try and reposition them you get one chance to stick them on that's it

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Re: Patches
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2021, 11:49:18 am »
Oooh forgot to say that Estradot is made by Novartis and that Sandoz is a Division of the Novartis group
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Re: Patches
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2021, 12:38:55 pm »
I am now on Pprogynova  (BAYER) 2 x twice weekly and I just put them on my thigh high up and to the front swopping left to right every 3 1/2 days. Never had one fall off, in fact they are hard to pull off. Glue residue around edges is a pain but found rubbing it will make it ball up and come off.
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Re: Patches
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2021, 10:35:50 am »
My first best effort at a once a week estradiol patch is going to make it four days, not too bad for the first attempt. I have a three month supply  and at this rate will last two months.
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Re: Patches
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2021, 03:20:56 pm »
I started wearing my patches just above my genital area but I was having problems keeping them on. Likely from the flexing there.

Lately I've been putting them on my butt just under the pantie line. They stay in place much better. To prep the surface I use a cotton ball with alcohol and throughouly clean the area before putting them on.

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Re: Patches
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2021, 05:06:58 pm »
That is what I do using 3 small rectangular Mylan patches.  I move them every change I move them each change from center back to almost around the front keeping the patches below the waistline.  Only rarely do I get one that comes off too soon.  I just put it back where it belongs and secure it with a large Band-Aid.
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Re: Patches
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2021, 11:42:35 pm »
My pharmacy, even though my endo has allowed generic substitutions, dispenses Climera.  I’ve had very few problems.

In the summer, if I do something that causes a lot of sweating, I might have one come loose.  I’ll put a Tegaderm dressing over the top and that keeps it stuck until change day.

I generally don’t have to do much to clean off the adhesive residue.  Any that may be left over almost alway washes off after a couple of day.  Maybe once in a while I’ll rub the area with some Avon Skin So Soft to really clean off any old residue.

Finally, I place them on my hip where the skin doesn’t move much, and their covered by my underwear and alternate sides each week.
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Re: Patches
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2021, 07:20:20 am »
I have not tried the patches.

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Re: Patches
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2021, 04:09:41 pm »
I use gel, it is bar far the best for me, no patches to remove, fall off, or hide under clothes, just apply and 10 mins it’s dry and get on with the day

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