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EstroGel Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 8/5/2016

EstroGel 0.06% (estradiol) Gel is a form of the female hormone estrogen indicated for moderate to severe hot flashes due to menopause, and moderate to severe menopausal changes in or around the vagina. Common side effects of EstroGel include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • swollen breasts
  • acne or skin color changes
  • vaginal pain
  • vaginal dryness or discomfort
  • decreased sex drive
  • difficulty having an orgasm
  • swelling
  • weight gain
  • migraine headaches
  • dizziness
  • depression
  • break-through bleeding
  • vaginal itching or discharge

The recommended dosage of EstroGel is 1.25 g. St. John's wort, blood thinners, ritonavir, carbamazepine, erythromycin, Ketozole, and itraconazole may interact with EstroGel. Tell your doctor all medications you take. Children should avoid coming into contact with EstroGel. Do not use EstroGel if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Our EstroGel (estradiol) Gel Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.

EstroGel in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using estradiol topical and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
  • sudden numbness or weakness, headache, confusion, or problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs;
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding;
  • pain, swelling, or tenderness in your stomach;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • a lump in your breast.

Topical estradiol is absorbed through the skin and can cause premature puberty in a child who comes into contact with this medicine or with skin where the medicine was applied. Call your doctor if a child who has close contact with you develops swollen nipples or enlarged breasts.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
  • swollen breasts;
  • acne or skin color changes;
  • vaginal pain, dryness, or discomfort, decreased sex drive, or difficulty having an orgasm;
  • swelling, weight gain;
  • migraine headaches, dizziness, depression; or
  • break-through bleeding, vaginal itching or discharge.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for EstroGel (Estradiol Gel)

What is Patient Information Overview?

A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.

EstroGel Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.

Nausea/vomiting, bloating, breast tenderness, headache, or weight changes may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as depression, memory loss), breast lumps, unusual vaginal bleeding (such as spotting, breakthrough bleeding, prolonged/recurrent bleeding), increased or new vaginal irritation/itching/odor/discharge, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, swelling hands/ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination.

This medication may rarely cause serious problems from blood clots (such as heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism). Get medical help right away if you have any serious side effects, including: chest/jaw/left arm pain, unusual sweating, sudden/severe headache, weakness on one side of the body, confusion, slurred speech, sudden vision changes (such as partial/complete blindness), pain/redness/swelling of legs, tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs, trouble breathing, coughing up blood, sudden dizziness/fainting.

A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for EstroGel (Estradiol Gel)

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

EstroGel FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


The following serious adverse reactions are discussed elsewhere in the labeling:

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.

EstroGel was studied in 2 well-controlled, 12-week clinical trials. Incidence of adverse drug reactions ≥ 5 percent for 1.25 g EstroGel 0.06% and placebo is given in Table 1.

TABLE 1 : Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions ≥ 5 Percent Occurrence in the EstroGel Treatment Group for the Intent-to-Treat Safety Population in 2 Well-controlled Clinical Studies (Expressed as Percent of Treatment Group)

Body System/ Adverse Drug Reactions EstroGel 0.06% 1.25 g /day
  Headache 9.5 2.7
  Flatulence 5.4 4.1
  Breast pain 10.7 8.2

In 2 controlled clinical trials, application site reactions were reported by 0.6 percent of patients who received 1.25 g of EstroGel. Other skin reactions, such as pruritus and rash, were also noted.

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of EstroGel. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Genitourinary System

Endometrial cancer


Pain; tenderness; breast cancer


Deep vein thrombosis; myocardial ischemia; phlebitis


Nausea; abdominal distension; diarrhea; stomach discomfort


Alopecia; rash; pruritus; application site: dryness, pain, discoloration, reaction, rash


Retinal vein occlusion

Central Nervous System

Headache; dizziness; insomnia; hypoesthesia; meningioma; aphasia; bradyphrenia; paresthesia


Drug ineffective; hot flush; arthralgia; night sweats; drug effect decreased; pain in extremity; fatigue; weight increased; pain; hypersensitivity; dyspnea; malignant mesenchymoma; angioedema; hepatitis acute; face edema; accidental exposure; myoclonus; gait disturbance; flushing

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for EstroGel (Estradiol Gel)

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EstroGel User Reviews

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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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