What is Menopause?

Menopause occurs when a woman's body goes through changes in which she stops menstruating. Symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, less interest in sex, vaginal dryness, and joint pain.

Treatment for menopause symptoms include hormone therapy, diet changes, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Common drug classes used to treat menopause are central alpha agonists, estrogen / progestin combinations, estrogens, and estrogen / androgen combinations.

Savings Tips for Menopause

  • Patch vs Pills for Estrogen Replacement

    September 12, 2017

    Many women struggle with lack of interest in sex after menopause. Lower estrogen with menopause may result in vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and—because estrogen helps regulate the parts of the brain that control mood and desire—libido takes a hit as well. Many women come to primary care doctors for help when sexual desire is lacking and they want to get back to the days when they felt desire and satisfaction. See More

  • 10 Things You Need to Know about Bioidentical Hormones

    January 26, 2016

    The use of bioidentical hormones by menopausal women is on the rise. Bioidentical hormone replacement, also known as compounded hormone therapy, isn’t nearly as well studied as conventional hormone replacement therapy and isn’t regulated—yet it is used by 2.5 million women in the US.

    Why’d they become a thing? After publication of the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative findings there were new fears about conventional FDA approved hormone therapy like Prempro, Premarin, estradiol, Menest, and others. See More

  • Vagifem Tablets vs Estrace Cream: Which Estrogen Is Best?

    October 14, 2015

    Local estrogens work for the treatment of vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and preventing urinary tract infections. Forty-five percent of postmenopausal women experience those symptoms but only a minority use vaginal estrogens. A recent study revealed the solution may lie in prescribing vaginal tablets over the creams—more women seem to prefer the tablets.

    Why are vaginal estrogens a good thing? They don’t carry the same risks as oral estrogens do because there is much less systemic absorption. See More

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Popular Menopause Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Estrogens 46 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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