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    Hello all! I ended up in the emergency room over the weekend. I need some serious advice here. I had to take my Vivelle Estrogen patch off. They are not ure but that may have been what caused it. I am allergic to benedryl and prednisone. So I had to get a Epi-Pen shot and a prescription for that also. I need help. I cannot take Syn Estrogen by pill(Premarin) etc. My body was breaking that down and not geting to my blood stream. So I had gone on Shots every two weeks for a couple of years. Finally I tried Vivelle Trans Patch. I have been on that for the last three years until this weekend. Last month I had a site reaction to it. The dr. at emergency room said this toime it was too scary to guess anymore and instructed me to switch estrogens. I am freaking out now not knowing what to try next? I am so frustrated. Any advice would be great, thanks in adcance-
    ~Tami~

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    Tami-not to worry!

    Tami, some people are allergic to the adhesive in the patch delivery system and it is not so rare as you might think.
    The patch is not the only way to take a bio identical estrogen. If you want a topical product you could consider the olive oil base cream that Womens International Pharmacy uses for their natual estradiol? There may be a compounding RX near your home that uses a hypoallergenic base for their estrogen creams?
    I think what the doctor meant was you need to find a different delivery system for the estradiol other than a patch. If you were allergic to 17-beta estradiol you would allergic to your own hormones.
    There are also hormone pellets, they cost about 200.00 for three or four months and have to put under the skin of the buttocks by a physician. Women who have them, love them as you dont bother with anything for three or four months, but they are expensive. I am currently using these but thinking about going back to the creams and taking them twice a day.
    Sammi

    Sammi

    Meds: Melatonin 3mg @ bedtime if needed. Estrogen 1.5 mg troche and 0.1 mg Estrace cream.
    Diagnosis: IC, PFD (both in remission)

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