Vivelle-Dot is a transdermal patch (applied to your skin) that contains the estrogen hormone, estradiol. It is used to treat moderate to severe symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes or severe dryness, itching, and burning in or around your vagina. Also, Vivelle-Dot is used to treat certain conditions in which a young woman’s ovaries do not produce enough estrogens naturally, and to reduce your chances of getting postmenopausal osteoporosis (thin, weak bones).
Estrogens increase your risk of developing cancer of the uterus. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual vaginal bleeding while you are using Vivelle-Dot.
Do not use Vivelle-Dot to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, or dementia. Using Vivelle-Dot can increase your chances of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, or blood clots.
Vivelle-Dot can also increase your risk of dementia, gallbladder disease, ovarian cancer, visual abnormalities, high blood pressure, pancreatitis (inflammation of your pancreas), or thyroid problems. Talk regularly with your doctor about whether you still need treatment with Vivelle-Dot.
You can lower your changes of serious side effects with Vivelle-Dot by having a breast exam and mammogram (breast x-ray) every year, unless directed by your doctor to have it more often. See your doctor immediately if you get vaginal bleeding while you are using Vivelle-Dot. Also, ask your doctor for ways to lower your chances of getting heart disease, especially if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, if you are overweight, or if you use tobacco.