As you go through menopause, you produce less of the hormone oestrogen. MHT patches contain oestrogen, which treats symptoms of menopause and helps prevent weak bones (osteoporosis). If you still have your uterus (womb), you need to take progestogen as well to protect the lining of your uterus.
Apply the patch to a clean, dry area of skin (such as the tummy) as directed. When you have removed the old patch, apply the new one in a different place to prevent irritating your skin. Do not cut the patch.
If you forget to change the patch, remove the old patch and apply a new one as soon as possible.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of a blood clot including: sudden shortness of breath, swelling or pain in one leg
Symptoms of a stroke including: sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side, face drooping, sudden changes in vision or speech, sudden loss of balance
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Unexpected vaginal bleeding
|Tell your doctor|
Headache, mood changes
Sore or enlarged breasts
Weight gain, swollen feet or legs
Dry eyes, brown patches on the face
Stomach upset, stomach cramps, bloating
Red or itchy skin where patch has been applied
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2019
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