Brand and Other Names:Climara Pro
- Classes: Estrogens/Progestins-HRT
Dosing & Uses
Dosage Forms & Strengths
Apply patch qWeek for a 28-day cycle
Apply to lower abdomen
Do not apply to breasts
Other Indications & Uses
Treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause in women with intact uterus
Serious - Use Alternative
Significant - Monitor Closely
Black Box Warnings
- Estrogens with and without progestins should not be used to prevent cardiovascular disease
- Estrogens plus progestins: Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Estrogen Plus Progestin substudy reported increased risks of myocardial infarction, stroke, invasive breast cancer, pulmonary emboli, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in postmenopausal women (aged 50-79 yr) during 5.6 yr of treatment with daily PO conjugated estrogens (CE 0.625 mg) combined with medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA 2.5 mg) compared with placebo
- Estrogens alone: The estrogen alone substudy of the WHI Study reported increased risks of stroke and DVT in postmenopausal women (aged 50-79 yr) during 6.8 yr of treatment with oral conjugated estrogens (0.625 mg/day) alone compared with placebo
- Estrogens with and without progestins should not be used to prevent dementia
- Women's Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS), a substudy of the WHI study, reported increased risk of developing probable dementia in postmenopausal women aged 65 yr or older during 4 yr of treatment with daily CE 0.625 mg combined with MPA 2.5 mg, compared with placebo
- Estrogens alone: A substudy of the WHIMS reported an increased risk of developing probable dementia in postmenopausal women aged 65 yr or older during 5.2 yr of treatment with conjugated estrogens 0.625 mg alone compared with placebo
- Unknown whether these findings apply to younger postmenopausal women
Dose & duration
- In the absence of comparable data, these risks should be assumed to be similar for other doses of CE and MPA and other combinations and dosage forms of estrogens and progestins
- Because of these risks, estrogens with or without progestins should be prescribed at lowest effective dose and for shortest duration consistent with treatment goals and individual risks
Known anaphylactic reaction or angioedema
Current/history of: DVT/PE, arterial thromboembolic disease, breast cancer, liver disease/tumours
Undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding
Jaundice with previous OCP use
History of pruritus gravidarum, pemphigoid gestationis, deterioration of otosclerosis or idiopathic jaundice during pregnancy
Untreated endometrial hyperplasia
Prevention of CVD
Concomitant use with: Dicumarol, phenprocoumon, warfarin
Bone mineral density changes, current/history of depression, DM, HTN, hyperlipidemia, obesity, endometriosis, family history of breast cancer and DVT/PE, smoking, hypothyroidism, elderly, liver impairment, uterine leiomyomata, vaginal infection or irritation (ring & cream)
Discontinue if the following develop: jaundice, visual problems, 4-6 wk before major surgery, any symptoms of VTE, massive BP increase, unusually severe migraines or first-time migraines, depression
Increased risk of post-op thromboembolic complications, coronary heart disease, stroke, and venous thromboembolism
Conditions exacerbated by fluid retention (eg, asthma, migraine, cardiac/renal dysfunction, epilepsy)
Patients on warfarin/oral anticoagulants: Estrogens increase thromboembolic risk; increase in anticoagulant dose may be warranted
History of migraine with aura
Contact with water may affect patch
Avoid prolonged exposure of patch to sunlight
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category: X
Lactation: enters breast milk; use with caution
A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.
B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.
C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.
X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
NA:Information not available.
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