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Postby kerpupples » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:21 pm

Hi ladies - just got a call from the clinic's preferred pharmacy with my RE's latest order. I'll be needing 48 Vivelle patches and additional endometrin. I didn't get the quote yet on the Endometrin, but this pharmacy runs about $7.20 per Vivelle patch. I don't think my insurance will cover, so was just wondering if any of you have gotten them for less. I'm in the states and need to have these in hand in about 2 weeks.
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby Happy Bunny » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:30 pm

Does your insurance cover them at all? It doesn't hurt to check. My insurance does not cover IVF or IVF specific meds but they do cover meds like the patches and progesterone (I guess because they can be used for other things?).
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby kerpupples » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:17 pm

That's a good question Bunny. I'll check into that.
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby kerpupples » Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:55 pm

So according to my insurer's website, I can get a 3 month supply (24 patches) of Vivelle for $40. Definitely going to have my RE send me the Rx for that. I already have 16 at home and a coupon for a free trial box so that will get me to 48. Yay!!!! I'm out of luck on the Endometrin but I will run that through the FSA.

Thanks for the advice Barbara!
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby leorira11 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:44 pm

yay! congrats!
8 IVF+6 FET=6 BFN+8 BFP =

-b/g twins 22w (12.09)
-mc 10w (9.10)
-Micha (7.19-24.11) & Asaf (7.19-28.11) born at 24w
-mc 5wk (2.12)
-no HB at 18w (10.12)
-BO (4.13)-
-mc 6wk (9.13)

last attempt - donor sperm - baby girl born healthy July 2014
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby tuffy4u » Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:34 pm

I have some extra is you want me to send them. One and a half boxes. Just send me a PM, they are free I'll never use them.
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby LYD10 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:36 pm

Also, if patches are too expensive, estrogen IM shots are real cheap. That's what I had the last 2 FET cycles and my lining was great. And estrogen shots are way easier than pio shots and are only done 2 per week. I actually preffer than to patches. I didn't think I would but it's less hassle.
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby leorira11 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:04 am

Lydia - I'll have to ask my clinic about IM estrogen. I don't do patches - I do pills - which are a PAIN! 4 pills a day is really hard to remember (I have to spread them out - I set multiple alarms on my phone and have to always carry them with me!). I'd prefer 2 injections a week! :D

Kerpupples (Amy) - I wish I had leftover drugs - but I don't....
8 IVF+6 FET=6 BFN+8 BFP =

-b/g twins 22w (12.09)
-mc 10w (9.10)
-Micha (7.19-24.11) & Asaf (7.19-28.11) born at 24w
-mc 5wk (2.12)
-no HB at 18w (10.12)
-BO (4.13)-
-mc 6wk (9.13)

last attempt - donor sperm - baby girl born healthy July 2014
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby LYD10 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:11 am

leorira11 wrote:Lydia - I'll have to ask my clinic about IM estrogen. I don't do patches - I do pills - which are a PAIN! 4 pills a day is really hard to remember (I have to spread them out - I set multiple alarms on my phone and have to always carry them with me!). I'd prefer 2 injections a week! :D

Kerpupples (Amy) - I wish I had leftover drugs - but I don't....


You are not gonna need them, cause you ll be done this cycle :) Unless they have you do estrogen on fresh cycle, too?
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby leorira11 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:30 am

Lydia - I hope! (Yes, we do estrogen after the ER until the beta or 10 weeks pregnant -- but I think I'll stick to what I know for now. I hate the estrogen tablets during a FET -- they always take FOREVER to work... maybe the IM injections would be better)
8 IVF+6 FET=6 BFN+8 BFP =

-b/g twins 22w (12.09)
-mc 10w (9.10)
-Micha (7.19-24.11) & Asaf (7.19-28.11) born at 24w
-mc 5wk (2.12)
-no HB at 18w (10.12)
-BO (4.13)-
-mc 6wk (9.13)

last attempt - donor sperm - baby girl born healthy July 2014
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby kerpupples » Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:31 pm

LYD - I didn't even know that IM estrogen existed! I think I'm covered through a BFP but I will definitely ask about that if (WHEN) I need more after my BFP. Thank you!

Leora - I think the patches absorb better than the tablets. It's what I've always been given. I suspect the IM would as well.

Tuffy - PM'ed you!
Amy
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby x0Heather0x » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:14 pm

Sorry for crashing.... but I had to ask... am I reading it correctly when y'all say that you take estrogen all the way up to your beta???? You take it with the progesterone??


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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

Postby kerpupples » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:50 pm

Yes Heather. I believe my clinic orders the estrogen to be continued along with the progesterone until 10 wks gestational age following a BFP.
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Re: Bargain shopping for FET meds

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