What is Elleste Solo MX?
Elleste Solo MX is used as a treatment to alleviate the symptoms of the menopause.
It is a form of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to replace the depleted natural oestrogen levels of a woman during menopause.
Elleste Solo MX is a transdermal patch that is applied to the skin to supply a specific dose of the active ingredient estradiol.
Estradiol in Elleste Solo MX patch is a synthetic form of oestrogen that acts similar to the body’s natural oestrogen. Therefore, estradiol restores the normal hormonal balance in menopausal women to relief common menstruation symptoms.
How do Elleste Solo MX work?
Women going through the menopause have aa reduced level of oestrogen in their blood level. This drop is oestrogen level gives rise to several troublesome symptoms such as vaginal dryness, irregular periods, night sweats, chills, weight gain, sleep problems, and hair thinning.
To make up for the depleted oestrogen, Elleste Solo MX patches work as an artificial supplement to supply estradiol. Estradiol is a synthetic steroid hormone that functions just as the natural oestrogen.
The patches, when placed on the skin, release a constant dose of estradiol into the bloodstream. Doing so relieves most of the menopause-related symptoms and helps maintain good vaginal health.
This type of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is useful particularly for females who have their ovaries removed or damaged due to some other condition
What’s the right dosage for Elleste Solo MX?
Elleste Solo MX patches are available in 40 micrograms and 80 micrograms products. The Elleste Solo MX 40 mcg delivers 1.25 milligrams of Estradiol in 24 hours while Elleste Solo MX 80 mcg delivers a relatively higher 2.5 mg of estradiol.
Both 40 mcg and 80 mcg versions of Elleste Solo MX patches are to be used twice a week while the overall duration of treatment could be up to 28 days.
Benefits of using Elleste Solo MX
1. Eases menopause-related symptoms
The active ingredient estradiol in Elleste Solo MX patches acts as an artificial oestrogen to ease the common menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness/itching, chills, and headaches.
2. Restores bone mass
The artificial oestrogen in Elleste Solo MX patches also helps restore the bone mass that is weakened during or after the menopausal period. It is highly beneficial for women suffering from bone conditions like osteoporosis where bones are weakened.
How to use Elleste Solo MX
Elleste Solo MX delivers estradiol from the sticky side of the patch. Normally, the doctor would prescribe you a starting daily dose of 40 micrograms estradiol.
1. Choose the area
The Elleste Solo MX patch is applied below the waistline to the areas such as buttocks or lower back (Never should it be applied on the arm or near the breast) . However, make sure the skin where the patch is to be applied in not broken, irritated, or bruised.
2. Apply the patch
Take out a single patch from the pouch and remove the cover enveloping its sticky side and place the patch on the selected area of skin. Next, flatten the patch’s surface firmly and remove the remaining backing cover from the patch.
3. Put on the patch for 3 to 4 days
Elleste Solo MX patch supplies estradiol slowly over a course of three to four days during which the patch must not be removed.
4. Replacing the patch
Change the patch twice a week or as advised by the doctor. Do not take breaks between applying the next patch. Secondly, apply the next patch to a different area of skin from where you applied last time to avoid skin irritation.
5. Yes, you can bath with it
If placed properly, there is no reason for the patch to come off when bathing or showering. However, in case the patch comes off for whatsoever reason, it won’t stick again. Therefore, you’ll need to apply a new patch.
- • The patch is to be applied on dry skin. Don’t apply over cosmetics such as lotions, creams, powders that could stop the patch from sticking firmly.
- • Do not apply the patch on your breasts or anywhere near it. Also, don’t expose the patch to sunlight.
- • Avoid using Elleste Solo MX patches is you have a history of breast cancer, liver diseases or vein clotting.
- • Make sure you are not allergic to any content of the Elleste Solo MX.
- • Stop using Elleste Solo MX in case of vaginal bleeding that you cannot explain.
Like every other medication, Elleste Solo MX too comes with certain side effects that are though not so common. However, it is important to consult a doctor before using Elleste Solo MX to know any possible complications that could occur with its use. Some common side effects related to Elleste Solo MX are stated as:
• Abdominal pain
• Redness or Irritation of skin where the patch is applied
• Vaginal thrush
• Mood swings and anxiety
• Loss of sex drive
• High blood pressure
• Leg cramps
• Breast pain
• Weight changes
Mild side effects are common and won’t bring any harm to you. However, stop using Elleste Solo MX if you experience the severity of any such or unlisted side effects.
Immediately consult your doctor if you notice any serious symptoms such as loss of vision, swelling in legs, impaired hearing, or fainting attack. For more details refer to the attached patient information leaflet.