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Climara Patch 75

By Anonymous July 7, 2011 - 8:40pm
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I am a 50 year old woman, have recently started taking the Climara patch; 75 ~& was wondering 1. how long til I feel any effects; 2. How long do I have to take the patch; and 3. I seem to have problems with keeping the patch in place; i.e. it seems to not stay in place for the 7 days as required, and have just replaced it, is that alright? I am fortunate to have a very sympathetic 30 something female doctor here in Canada and was fortunate enough to have "Hot Flash Havoc"come to our city of 65,000 people. I went to my Dr. ~"armed " with info from the discussion and video and she was very receptive.

I am rambling on & on, but basically would like to know if it ok to change the patch, perhaps twice a week as opposed to once a week? Are there any repercussions to this. I do NOT but it in the same place every time...I always switch sides.
I must admit; psychologically or in reality, after approx. 2 to 3 weeks feel about 75% better.
Does anyone else have any experience with this patch and could help me with my concerns.? Thanking you in advance, Susan

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Thank you so much...it mostly wrinkles and eventually will loosen at the edges and will fall off. Don't know if it is the shower loosening it or what..I do find that a slightly, very slight bent position has helped. Thank you!

July 10, 2011 - 9:50pm

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your question. I couldn't find any information as to when you would start feeling effects-- this is something you'll have to call your doctor's office and ask. The same goes for how long you'll have to wear it for-- this is entirely up to your doctor and what she decides is best for you.

In Regards to the patch falling, try this:
Press the patch in place firmly for about 10 seconds, especially around the edges.

Do not apply a skin patch to your breasts. Do not apply a patch where it might be rubbed off by tight clothing, such as under an elastic waistband.

If a patch falls off, try putting it back on to a different skin area, pressing the patch into place for 10 seconds. If the patch will not stick you may apply a new one.

All the best,


July 8, 2011 - 6:57am
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Yes, I do apply it firmly for 10 seconds; I just find that it wrinkles up and wonder if I am getting the full effect? It does come off after a few days, is it ok to place a bandaid over it? It lasts generally 3-5 days; I usually replace it in a different, lower body spot. Can I put it on the front near my hip bone? Thanking you in advance. Susan

July 8, 2011 - 4:35pm
(reply to girlsusan)

Hi Susan,

Even if it wrinkles up you are still getting your dosage and if it helps to keep it on by putting a band aid over it, then that's fine as well. As far as placement, the only places you should not use Climara on is on your breasts and anywhere where it can be rubbed off by the friction of your clothes such as on your waist band.
Apply a new patch to a different area to prevent skin irritation. Use a different site when replacing the patch and do not repeat the same site for at least 1 week. If there's nothing that you can do to keep it on, then it is okay to apply another one just alternate the spot, like you normally do. If the area around the patch becomes red, itchy, or irritated, try a new site. If irritation occurs notify your doctor promptly.


July 9, 2011 - 6:48am
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