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Hot flashes can be a mild feeling of warmth or a severe sudden heat that spreads over the upper body and face causing the skin to turn red and sweaty. They can last as little as little as 1 minute or as long as 15 minutes.1
Hot flashes can occur at any time. At night, they are usually called night sweats2 and can cause sleep problems.3
In women, hot flashes often occur with the decline of estrogen during menopause.4 Estrogen withdrawal may lead to changes in the brain that are responsible for controlling temperature.4
Most often we hear about women having hot flashes during menopause. However, women can start having hot flashes before they stop having periods.1
EstroGel® 0.06% is approved by the FDA for use after menopause to reduce moderate to severe hot flashes and to treat moderate to severe menopausal changes in and around the vagina. If you use EstroGel only to treat your menopausal changes in and around your vagina, talk with your healthcare provider about whether a topical vaginal product would be better for you.
Do not start using EstroGel if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, currently have or have had certain cancers, had a stroke or heart attack, currently have or have had blood clots, currently have or have had liver problems, have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder, are allergic to EstroGel or any of its ingredients, or think you may be pregnant.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any unusual vaginal bleeding, have any other medical conditions, are going to have surgery or will be on bed rest, are breastfeeding, and about all the medicines you take.
Serious but less common side effects include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, dementia, breast cancer, cancer of the lining of the uterus (womb), cancer of the ovary, high blood pressure, high blood glucose, gallbladder disease, liver problems, changes in your thyroid hormone levels, and enlargement of benign tumors (“fibroids”).
Common side effects of estrogens include headache, breast pain, stomach or abdominal cramps, bloating, nausea and vomiting, hair loss, fluid retention, and vaginal yeast infection.
If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.