SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HORMONE PRESCRIPTION
Dear Patient,You and your doctor or midwife have decided that a prescription for some type of hormone therapy is appropriate
for you. We are hearing back from patients that insurance coverage for some of these, especially brand names, is
being reduced. Here are some things to know that may help you decide how you want to manage your prescriptions.
• If you have been prescribed oral estrogen such as Premarin
, or Estrace
, there is a generic
estradiol that can be substituted. This is not chemically identical to Premarin and Enjuvia, but this usually does
• If you have been prescribed oral combination estrogen and progesterone, such as Prempro
, there is no generic combination. However, you can use separate generic estradiol for the estrogen
and generic medroxyprogesterone for the progesterone, which would require 2 pills per day instead of one,
• If you have been prescribed an estrogen gel such as Elestrin
, there is no generic for this.
• If you have been prescribed vaginal estrogen such as Premarin cream
, Estrace cream
, there are no generics for these. But you should realize that for most of these medications, the dose
decreases after the first 2 weeks, so in the long run you will be filling prescriptions less frequently. Switching
to an oral form of estrogen will require a discussion with your doctor or midwife, as there are more risks
involved with taking a medication that goes through your whole body.
• If you have been prescribed an estrogen patch such as Vivelle
, or Minivelle
, there is a generic
patch available. However, our experience has been that patients are almost universally dissatisfied with the
generic patch as it is much thicker and bigger than these brands, and it does not stay on well. If you would
like, you can try one out to see how it works for you. Using a patch for estrogen therapy is thought by many
to be the safest regarding risks of blood clots and stroke, so switching to an oral generic estrogen will require
a discussion with your doctor or midwife.
• If you have been prescribed a combination estrogen/progesterone patch such as ClimaraPro
, there is no
Remember that for many insurances, a mail order pharmacy is an option that may make your prescriptions more
affordable. You may want to look into this on your insurance carrier’s website, as well as what is covered for generics
or alternative brands. Also, you may want to investigate getting your prescription filled at a different or large store
pharmacy. You can always call on the phone and ask their price without having to turn in a prescription to be filled.
Ultimately, you will need to decide how much you are willing to pay out of pocket for these medications that are often
prescribed to improve your quality of life.
Please do not call our office just asking for a “cheaper prescription.” This is individual and varies with insurance
coverage. You will need to figure out what works for you and your plan. Then you should call our office. If a
prescription change is appropriate for you, we will do that. Otherwise, you may need to schedule an appointment
St. Francis Medical Center, Sisters Grove Pavillion
6011 East Woodmen Road, Ste. 305 •
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
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