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Evorel Conti is a combined form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), used to treat symptoms of the menopause. Most HRT treatments involve daily tablets. However, Evorel Conti is a patch which is placed on the skin and changed twice per week. It releases two active ingredients, which emulate the two female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. It is a convenient alternative for patients who prefer not to swallow tablets every day.
Evorel Conti is a continuous combined treatment, which does not involve a regular period. For this reason, Evorel Conti is suited for women who have already reached the menopause but still suffer from distressing symptoms.
All women go through the menopause. This usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. As you approach this age, your ovaries will produce less and less oestrogen. This has the effect of stopping the menstrual cycle, but the change in hormone levels can lead to several symptoms which may have a substantial impact on day-to-day life. Physical symptoms include hot flushes (a spontaneous heat that spreads throughout the body, leading to blushing, sweating and an unusually strong heartbeat), night sweats, osteoporosis and dryness of the eyes or vagina. The hormonal change can also cause distressing psychological effects such as irritability, insomnia and depression.
Experiences with menopausal symptoms vary significantly depending on the individual. They can begin multiple years prior to the menopause itself, and remain for many years. Women will, on average, experience symptoms for about four years. You can reduce the impact of some symptoms (especially hot flushes) by avoiding alcohol or caffeine, quitting smoking, exercising regularly or staying cool.
Hormone Replacement Therapy eases the symptoms of menopause by supplementing the levels of hormones which the body can produce naturally. Some medicines are oestrogen-only. However, in women who still have a uterus, an uncontrolled increase in oestrogen levels will cause the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) to grow excessively. This will substantially increase your risk of complications such as endometrial cancer. So, the Evorel Conti patch also contains norethisterone acetate, a synthetic version of progesterone. Because the doses are constant, this medicine will not produce a monthly bleed; however, the norethisterone will balance the effect of the extra oestrogen on the endometrium.
If you are switching from another HRT product, leave one week without treatment before you begin using the Evorel Conti patch. HRT should only be necessary as a relatively short-term treatment as your body adjusts to the menopause. You should review your HRT with your GP at least once each year and have regular gynaecological checkups.
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Apply the patch to an area of skin which is dry and clean. Press down firmly to ensure that the patch is in place. Many women choose to place the patch on the thighs or bottom. Each patch contains enough medicine for three to four days, so it must be changed twice each week. This should be done on the same two days each week. Do not place the new patch on the exact same section of skin. Do not leave an interval between each patch.
Evorel Conti should not be used on or around the breasts, or under elasticated parts of clothing.
If a patch comes off on its own, apply another one as soon as you can. Wait until the skin is dry if replacing a patch that has fallen off while washing.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Evorel, however if you do they may include:
Itchy or inflamed skin where the treatment is applied, dizziness, breast pain, mood swings, nausea, stomach pain, headache, diarrhoea, joint pain, breakthrough bleeding, weight gain
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Evorel Conti is unsuitable for you if you:
Inform your GP if you plan on using Evorel Conti and have ever had any of the following health complications:
Tell your GP or pharmacist if you have taken or plan to take any of the following medicines:
HRT may increase your risk of breast cancer. The extent of this risk will vary depending on the length of your HRT treatment and whether you are taking combined or oestrogen-only HRT. Check your breasts regularly for changes to the skin or nipple, or for any noticeable lump. For women who use HRT for more than five years, there may also be a slight increase in the risk of ovarian cancer.
Women over the age of 65 who use Evorel Conti may have a slightly increased risk of developing dementia.
Stop using Evorel Conti and seek medical attention immediately if you notice early signs of any of the following:
Discuss with your doctor whether your personal benefits of HRT outweigh the risks mentioned above.
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredients contained in Evorel Conti patches are:
3.2mg estradiol hemihydrate, 11.2mg norethisterone acetate. The patch will release 50mcg estradiol and 170mcg norethisterone per day.
Evorel Conti patches also contain the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Duro-Tak 387-2287, guar gum, Hostaphan MN19
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