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Transdermal E2 Gel

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Many of you are still questioning my use of tE2 gel? The gel and the E2 Patch are basically an old therapy which was taken off the market in 1985 due to an increase in cardiovascular issues and replaced with the extremely profitable and 'QOL reducing' jabs called Lupron or Zolodex. Prior to that time most men who experienced Biochemical Recurrence (BCR) of prostate cancer after primary treatments were given an inexpensive, synthetic, and very effective estrogen pill called Diethylstilbestrol (DES). This pill did a great job of keeping PCa sleeping for many men with advanced PCa; however, because it was an oral hormone it was absorbed in the liver and 'could' cause CV problems. The pharmaceutical companies blamed the pill even if the men were predisposed to CV problems from other causes; consequently, banning its use and came up with jabs costing an average of $2,000/month.

Since the gel is absorbed directly into the blood through the skin it bypasses the 'first pass hepatic metabolism' thus avoiding the coagulants created in the liver.

As I mentioned numerous times before, grandpa, my father, and his two brothers all were treated with DES and never had any side effects or CV issues until 1985 when they were switched to Lupron...they didn't have CV problems; however, the side effects were significant.

I had read that one of our brainy gurus, pjoshea13 found a source for DES.

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Miomarito profile image
Miomarito

Good Post Ron, I need to find out from Dr. Wassersug, do you taper off from Lupron as your numbers go down, or is it one or the other. I remember with my mom, as I gave her a combination of red yeast rice and coq10 her blood pressure continued to go down, as it went down, her doctor continued to lower the dose, until he finally said Mrs-------- we are going to discontinue this, you are doing fine. The pain in her legs finally stopped and she lived until 92. She dutifully took her supplements and worked out in her beloved garden until she died.

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Teufelshunde in reply to Miomarito

I thought red yeast rice lowered cholesterol and was like a statin substitute. I did not think it lowered blood pressure. Huh?

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Miomarito in reply to Teufelshunde

I am sorry I meant to say her cholesterol and her blood pressure as well. Teuf, it amazed me as well. Maybe the Coq 10 and Orosine combo. Unfortunately now, big pharma put regulations on the red yeast rice. Too dangerous a dose for over the counter🤷‍♀️

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dhccpa in reply to Miomarito

Try HPF Cholestene brand of RYR.

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Wassersug in reply to Miomarito

Dear Miormarito,

I don't usually post here, but when a specific question is directed at me, I try to answer it. I need though a clarification. What do you mean when , "I need to find out from Dr. Wassersug, do you taper off from Lupron as your numbers go down, or is it one or the other." Can you restate that? What is your precise question?

Also, just so folks don't get mislead, the "Dr." in front of my name is in reference to my PhD. I am NOT a physician, but a PCa patients and research scientist.

Richard Wassersug

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Ramp7 in reply to Wassersug

When trying to get a low dose prescription for E2, your name came up with my MO. He was aware of you. I got the prescription, now fighting with the Insurance company.

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Miomarito in reply to Ramp7

Ramp, what is the cost of the cream, I didn’t think the insurance would pay for this, as it does not fall into the expensive Lupron Category and the standard medical treatment.

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Ramp7 in reply to Miomarito

The Pharmacy said between $75 and $200, for low dose E2, 0.05mg.

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Miomarito in reply to Ramp7

holy cow, but if it works, taking the place of lupron, I will find a way. Also I will tell everyone about Jims journey with this… I have hope today!❤️

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noahware in reply to Miomarito

To be clear, two different things are being discussed here: it is HIGH-dose E2 that would be "taking the place of lupron" as it is effectively just another form of ADT, that serves to drop T to castrate levels (but with fewer side effects).

The LOW-dose E2 serves to reduce side effects (by mitigating bone loss, hot flashes, etc.) but is not in itself a form of ADT. Only higher doses can bring T down. So the low-dose is usually ADDED to an ADT agent like Lupron, not used to replace it.

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Miomarito in reply to noahware

Noa thank you. As I am understanding, Ron has the high dose gel and has taken this instead of lupron. Jim would start the cream and not get his 3month Lupron shot next time around and see how it goes. Is this correct ?

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noahware in reply to Miomarito

Right, Ron is doing a higher dose, and it sounds like Ramp7 is looking to try the lower dose.

As far as insurance goes, I do not believe there is SOC approval for either application. So E2 for men with PC is an off-label use, whether high-dose (as ADT to treat the PC) or low-dose (to treat symptoms associated with Lupron, etc.). To be covered for either, sometimes a doc will need to clear it with the insurer first, but they still might deny it.

My doc prescribed high-dose for me as ADT, and the insurance paid. It was patches, not cream or gel, because patches are the only protocol proven safe via clinical trial (see PATCH trial results, Lancet 2021). My doc never would have approved this method for me if those results had not been published.

Be aware that a small percentage of men (like myself) do not have success when trying certain brands/dose of patches. While other men here used the same brand at even lower doses than I did, and got their T to go <20, for some reason my T stayed over 100 for two months (and even at a very high dose never got below 60). So T must be monitored closely and the plan aborted if one cannot become castrate within a month or two, because lower T that is still well above castrate levels may PROMOTE progression of PC rather than slow it.

Also take heed of Richard's warning about the potential for E2 to be harmful for some men with BRCA mutations or a history of breast cancer in the family.

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Miomarito in reply to noahware

the BRCA mutations and history of breast cancer in the family will be part of his decision. Noa, nothing is easy any more, as I see what the lupron has done to him, terrible situation.

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noahware in reply to Miomarito

Another question to consider is, are the side effects from the low T in general or are they specifically from Lupron? Some men do have what seems to be an allergy to Lupron itself, and if that's the case then QoL should improve.

But if its the low T itself that is making things hard, then low T from E2 might not be that different from Lupron. Of course, the E2 does have the benefits of better bone health, no hot flashes, etc. So probably worth a try, if you can get a doc to approve it... that can be a challenge, so make sure you show the doc the Lancet 2021 editorial where the two Dana Farber MOs say it is a safe alternative form of ADT.

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Miomarito in reply to noahware

Noah, I believe we need to give this a try. The decisions in my life regarding medical advise tells me to trust this decision in favor of the cream. I will make a copy of the Lancet 2022 editorial. Noah Thank you for your good advise and thoughts, as I am lost at times and seek this good and positive way of thinking. I welcome all advise, believe me, for, against and down the middle!

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ronronHU in reply to Ramp7

A tremendous ripoff! What I buy in Thailand is imported from France and I pay about $15/tube.

E2 gel composition
Miomarito profile image
Miomarito in reply to ronronHU

Oh man!

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Miomarito in reply to ronronHU

this is good, posting the composition, I am sure there are inferior brands.

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Ramp7 in reply to ronronHU

That's what I figured.

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Miomarito in reply to Wassersug

Thank you Dr Wassersug for your reply, I am so touched by this! I was talking about his PSA. My husbands blood work falls all within normal range and his PSA remains between 5 and 8. The numbers were regarding his PSA . How do we monitor his cancer as we use the cream, is the indicator his PSA numbers. I am guessing we let the lupron slowly get out of his system. I am not asking you to tell me what to do, just give me guidance. Before his cancer, we only led a healthy life style with very little medical interference. I believe this is for my husband and so does he… we are in, Dr Wassersug! btw, your credentials are more then perfect ! I can’t tell you how much this means to me, I feel I am going to loose him if not to the cancer but the drugs.

Karen (mio)

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ronronHU in reply to Miomarito

Hi Karen,

I don't mean to interrupt your messaging with Dr. Wassersug; however, I think he may agree with my opinion here. Most of what I know I learned from him.

PSA levels are probably the easiest and most valid indicators of a man's PCa progression or lack of? Regarding Jim's current PSA levels of between 5 and 8, it is still a bit high. Either continue the Lupron jabs, and/or use the tE2 gel along with the Lupron until his PSA drops down to undetectable levels. Opinions vary on what is considered 'Undetectable' after treatment, but I think most doctors would agree that anything less than 0.1 would be in the undetectable range. I normally get PSA blood tests every 2 or 3 months.

Since my PSAs have been in the undetectable range for almost four years, I have recently reduced the amount of gel that I use. I will continue reducing my usage providing my PSA remains in the undetectable range. Some days I actually forget to apply it.

If you can find the gel that I am using, Jim can try it for a few months without getting additional jabs. I can have some sent to you...I think you already sent me a PM regarding this. I'm not in the E2 gel business; however, I have sent some to my friend in CA so that he can accommodate fellow warriors that would like to try it.

Sending my best to Jim and you from abroad,

Ron

A tube of E2 gel
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Miomarito in reply to ronronHU

Thank you Ronnie, I was just going to pm you. Thank you so much for this reply and Thankyou Dr Wassersug !❤️

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Wassersug in reply to Miomarito

Ok, I think the question is how does one know how to safely get off of a LHRH drug, like Lupron, and over to using high dose transdermal estradiol (E2) for ADT. As far as I know, there is no literature or specific formula for how one should do that.

Personally when I did it, I didn't know how long it would take for the Lupron to clear out of my body and for the E2 to take over. So, when I was getting near the end of three months and due for a new Lupron depot injection, I instead slowly started ramping up the E2 over three weeks. This was all under the guidance of my medical oncologist. To make sure I was getting adequate T suppression without E2 rising too high (increasing the risk of blood clots), I got weekly blood tests and tracked my PSA, my T and my E.

I'd recommend that to anyone thinking of make the switch. HOWEVER...

1. The is all off label use of E2. As such, I don't recommend anyone doing that without MD supervision.

2. I would not do it without first making sure you don't have an estrogen sensitive genetic profile, with a family history of estrogen sensitive breast ( or prostate) cancer.

3 I would not presume that E2 is more effective or safer than the LHRH drugs for T suppression. We need the final PATCH research data from the UK to know that.

Along those lines, RONRONHU correctly pointed out that a PSA in the 4-8 range suggests that an LHRH drug isn't controlling the PSA; i. e., not driving it down into the undetectable range. There is no reason to assume that E2 can do better than Lupron in that regard. If LHRH agonists and antagonists can't control the cancer, there no reason to assume that E2 can do the job. In fact, if the cancer is truly castrate resistant, staying on E2 may be a bad idea. I suspect that final PATCH study data will give us some insight into that.

Is this any help?

Richard Wassersug, PhD

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ronronHU in reply to Wassersug

I hope I didn't mislead anyone into thinking that the tE2 gel would do more than the LHRH injections? The major advantages of the E2 gel are the lack of side effects, cost, and no doctor visits.

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Miomarito in reply to ronronHU

Ron, you didn’t mislead anyone, ultimately a personal choice for us all.

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dhccpa in reply to ronronHU

You haven't missed anyone, but those are very important clarifications to this interesting topic. We all appreciate your input.

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Miomarito in reply to Wassersug

Thank you so much for your reply! Dr Wassersug, I understand perfectly and planning to be cautious.

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Charles4212

Des is available for treating female dogs for urinine issues in Canada

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ronronHU in reply to Charles4212

Thank you!

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Kaliber

I’d be one of the first to give that a try , ordinarily …. But it’s “ late “ and everything inside my body is screwed blued and tattooed yayahahahaya you look great, and evidently have few issues ( just the urinating thing ) like you said, it was widely used at one time. You are the poster boy for what a lot of us would want to be, for sure.

❤️❤️❤️

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Horse12888

This is definitely the direction I'm taking if/when the time comes. The QoL issues with Eligard were horrendous. Even if there is a slight increased risk of a CVS event, I'm fine with that. I was praying for a heart attack for 18 months.

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Miomarito in reply to Horse12888

I promise, I will let you know as Ron has. I can’t tell you what the ADT has done to my husband. He is quiet and so alone. I see it in his beautiful eyes!

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ronronHU in reply to Horse12888

Bro, Since it is transdermal, there are no increased CV risks.

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Horse12888 in reply to ronronHU

I'm not sure there are literally NO risks. One of my MOs say elevated estrogen levels automatically increase CVS risks. She may be wrong, however.

Again, for me, it doesn't matter either way.

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noahware in reply to Horse12888

I believe the latest 2021 reports from the PATCH trial found no such risk:

" Long-term data comparing tE2 patches with LHRHa show no evidence of a difference between treatments in cardiovascular mortality or morbidity."

pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/335...

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Horse12888 in reply to noahware

Good. Thanks.

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Ramp7

Is this legit?

Oestrogel
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ronronHU in reply to Ramp7

OH my Buddha! That is the exact same thing that I buy for $15. I just can't imagine how any seller can rip people off like that? My pharmacy probably pays half of what she sells it for.

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Scout4answers

How long does a$15 tube last you?

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ronronHU in reply to Scout4answers

About 3 to 4 weeks.

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