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Benita Lee - June 04, 2018
Prices for common estrogen medications, widely used to treat symptoms of menopause, have doubled since 2014, increasing at a rate of about 50% each year.
More than 55 million women in the US are over the age of 51, the average age of menopause, and over half experience symptoms for which vaginal estrogen medications are prescribed. These hormone replacement therapies (HRT) are regularly called upon to counteract low estrogen levels after menopause and treat symptoms like extreme vaginal dryness, soreness, painful sex, and painful urination. See More
Tori Marsh - June 01, 2018
On May 29th, 2018, Allergan Pharmaceuticals announced a nationwide recall for Taytulla birth control pills over reports that its placebo capsules were placed out of order.
Taytulla is an oral contraceptive used to prevent ovulation, pregnancy, and in some cases, acne. Normal packaging for Taytulla contains 21 pills with hormones, followed by seven placebo pills without hormones at the end of each pack. In the recalled package, the placebo pills are placed out of order, leaving women at risk for unintended pregnancy. See More
Katie Mui - May 17, 2018
Skipping the pharmacy line and getting your prescriptions mailed to you may seem like an easy choice, but as Gayle learned, mail order pharmacies don’t always offer the best price.
For years, Gayle had relied on a mail order pharmacy to fill her prescription for estradiol patches, simply because her insurer had offered it as a member benefit. She didn’t think — or rather didn’t know — that she was actually paying too much for her medications. See More
Tori Marsh - March 16, 2018
If you’re over the age of 50, you may have started to experience some of those difficult menopause symptoms. Hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats, osteoporosis…not fun.
Luckily there are medications that can help you through menopause. But are they affordable?
One of the more commonly prescribed estrogens to treat menopausal symptoms and prevent osteoporosis is Premarin, but it’s expensive. Premarin is a brand-only medication, and a 30-day supply can cost well over $200. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - 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
Roni Shye - August 02, 2017
Menopause is the period in a woman’s life when menstruation stops. It typically occurs between 45 and 50 years of age and can increase the risk for medical conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, weight gain, and painful intercourse.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - 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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 04, 2014
Many women need cheaper options for hormone replacement. One of the most commonly prescribed estrogens for women is Premarin, and it’s so darn expensive. This is because there is no generic form of Premarin and will not likely ever be. Premarin is the brand name for conjugated estrogens used to treat symptoms of menopause and to prevent osteoporosis.
Why doesn’t a generic for Premarin exist?
Well, because we don’t really know what’s in it. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 07, 2012
Women have fallen in love with estrogen patches instead of pills for hormone replacement therapy, yet are continually stung by the cost. There is now a generic option for an estrogen patch that has become a game changer, so let’s get to know our options.
Estradiol is used to prevent osteoporosis and relieve symptoms associated with menopause. Estradiol is the principal intracellular human estrogen and is available in many dosage forms, including transdermal patches, topical creams, gels or sprays, vaginal creams, oral tablets, vaginal rings, and injections. See More