Premarin for older women

Posted by pattitoo @pattitoo, Mar 19, 2017

At 74, yes 74 I still have hot flashes, Premarin now taken occasionally, Ia m trying to wean myself off of this med, however
it works. Medicare does not approved of it and my co-pay using my insurance is $1,000 a year, each 90 day supply is $250.
My drug plan is separate from my Blue Cross Plan F. For now I am getting Premarin from a RELIABLE Canadian Pharmacy,
saving me considerable money.
My question is, how many seniors still have hot flashes and take a hormone?
Because of controversy of hormone meds and older ladies, I have drastically reduced my intake.
Anyone else having hot flashes and needing/wanting help?
You input will be of value to others I am sure.

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After taking Premarin for 49 1/2 years at age 79 1/2 years old my doctor wanted me to quit premarin gradually. I take 1/2 .3 pill every other day. I am miserable with hot flashes, sleepless night and mood swings from hell. I was told that I was too old for hot flashes. Since I am entering my third year of IPF and requiring more and more oxygen and if I go above 3000 ft elevation have to have oxygen full-time, I wonder why they think it is necessary to take me off my little green pill? Yes pattitoo I would like to know where to get premarin without a RX.

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Yes I take Premarin I’m now 59 still hot flashes weight gain when the dr dropped the mg irritated I was taking estradiol so we’ll see how I feel on this one

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@tbibb112

Yes I take Premarin I’m now 59 still hot flashes weight gain when the dr dropped the mg irritated I was taking estradiol so we’ll see how I feel on this one

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@tbibb112 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.

While on Premarin you were still experiencing hot flashes and weight gain so you have not been prescribed estradiol instead. Did I get that right?

May I ask how long you have been taking estradiol?

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I stopped taking Premarin pills about 10 years ago and now in my late 60s. The pills definitely helped, but doctor didn't want me to continue long-term on them and so slowly weaned off them and have adjusted well. I continued to use the Premarin cream until just recently when I started using Estradiol cream when my insurance would no longer cover Premarin. So far the Estradiol has not measured up to the Premarin cream and may have to bite the bullet, go back to Premarin and pay for it out of my own pocket.

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My hot flashes were just about gone..then I had a hysterectomy, due to possibility cancer going from breast to uterus, now hot flashes yuck!
Dr. Is trying me on effexor! Anyone try this?

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@gwinter

My hot flashes were just about gone..then I had a hysterectomy, due to possibility cancer going from breast to uterus, now hot flashes yuck!
Dr. Is trying me on effexor! Anyone try this?

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@gwinter– Good morning. I was put on Effexor for hot flashes and induced menopause and depression. It worked like a charm for me. My hot flashes were horrendous. They stopped almost immediately.

Have you started it as yet? WHat do you think?

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@merpreb

@gwinter– Good morning. I was put on Effexor for hot flashes and induced menopause and depression. It worked like a charm for me. My hot flashes were horrendous. They stopped almost immediately.

Have you started it as yet? WHat do you think?

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@merpreb just going to start…but I forgot to check insurance and see how it's covered. Doing that Monday! When do you take yours morning or night?

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@gwinter

@merpreb just going to start…but I forgot to check insurance and see how it's covered. Doing that Monday! When do you take yours morning or night?

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I am no longer taking it as I have needed to alter my medications and am beyond hot flashes because of Effexor. I used to take it in the morning. But it's best to take when your doctor suggests, or ask your pharmacist.

Let me know how it works for you!

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I am 81, and have been taking Premarin for over thirty years (0.45 mg) and I have no intention of stopping. However, my insurance now refuses to pay for it and wants to substitute Estradiol instead. I'm in great health, sexually active, work full time, have never experienced menopause and don't want to start at my age. My gynecologist has no problem with me continuing to take it, and says that at my age going off Premarin could cause lots of complication. While different women have different health indicators, nothing in my medical history makes Premarin a risk, but getting off of it certainly does. Where can I find a Canadian pharmacy that will fill my prescription?

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@jumbley39

I am 81, and have been taking Premarin for over thirty years (0.45 mg) and I have no intention of stopping. However, my insurance now refuses to pay for it and wants to substitute Estradiol instead. I'm in great health, sexually active, work full time, have never experienced menopause and don't want to start at my age. My gynecologist has no problem with me continuing to take it, and says that at my age going off Premarin could cause lots of complication. While different women have different health indicators, nothing in my medical history makes Premarin a risk, but getting off of it certainly does. Where can I find a Canadian pharmacy that will fill my prescription?

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@jumbley39 – Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Good for you, living the life you want!

Try Canada On Line Health https://canadaonlinehealth.com/

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@merpreb

@jumbley39 – Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Good for you, living the life you want!

Try Canada On Line Health https://canadaonlinehealth.com/

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Thank you! I just registered with Canada On Line Health and asked my doctor to fax my Premarin prescription.

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@cherriann

I stopped taking Premarin pills about 10 years ago and now in my late 60s. The pills definitely helped, but doctor didn't want me to continue long-term on them and so slowly weaned off them and have adjusted well. I continued to use the Premarin cream until just recently when I started using Estradiol cream when my insurance would no longer cover Premarin. So far the Estradiol has not measured up to the Premarin cream and may have to bite the bullet, go back to Premarin and pay for it out of my own pocket.

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Update: Insurance gave me two alternatives, Imvexxy and Estradiol. I tried both and neither worked – they caused burning and soreness that got increasingly worse, so had to stop using them. I am now in the process of appealing this to insurance, however if they won't consent to pay for Premarin ($498 a tube), though inconvenient, I will be searching for a Canadian pharmacy.

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