I use 1 gram of Estrace Cream three days a week. I receive a 42.5 g tube every three months. While the math is right, one tube seems to last only slightly more that 2 months. I use the applicator that comes with it, filling only to the 1 gram mark each time. Insurance does not allow me to reorder until the end of the 3 month period, which means I go without for 3 weeks. (I use this medication for an autoimmune disease and experience painful flares when I miss a dose.) Has anyone else had the same problem of running out of medication too soon? What am I doing wrong?
I had the same issue with Estrace cream. I was using 2 grams a day for two weeks as per my Doctor
and I also got the 42.5 g tube... And, it only lasted 14 days. I am completely out and I can not get a refill for two more weeks!! I am calling the Estrace company tomorrow and also the drug and food administration about this. I saw another question posted in January where a gal was having the same issue. So this is definitely a problem. Such an expensive drug..
So you are not doing anything wrong.
This is sad and I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one this is happening too. They are cheating people and getting away with it. I thought it was just a fluke with the first tube... had to get a refill to continue using as prescribed and my pharmacy had to contact my RX Ins Co to get a waiver to refill the RX sooner. Also contacted the company that makes this and they said to send copy of receipt to reimburse for the co-pay. I want them to correct the problem as they are cheating so many of us. It is just wrong.
Maybe they need a class action law suit filed against them. grrrrr
I guess we all need to be screaming about this in order for them to correct the problem
I have a gram scale. According to my scale, my applicator is marked correctly at both 1 and 2 grams.
I was so relieved to find this thread. I have been using Estrace for over a year, and I have the same problem with the tube not lasting the three months it is supposed to last. I keep track of the number of grams I get according to the applicator, and it never exceeds 28. That means we are overdosing on estrogen and overbuying Estrace. This is unacceptable.
I have had the same issue. I take one gram twice a week, and the 28 doses per tube sounds in line with what I was finding. On the second tube, the pharmacy gave me a ”vacation emergency refill” but that was all used up in early June and the pharmacy said my next refill couldn’t be until August! I spoke to my gynecologist and she rewrote the prescription for three times a week... I’m still to use it only twice a week but will be able to refill sooner. So grateful she believed me and was willing to work with me for a reasonable solution.
Yeah, I just went over this with my pharmacist. I explained exactly how I was measuring the dose. But I ran out a week and a half before I could refill. I said the application must be wrong. He explained a gram was about the tip of your little finger. So that seemed about right. I can't figure it out nor can I find any other websites that mention this.
My concern is, instead of increasing the dosage in the prescription to account for the "missing" cream, shouldn't we be using less? The tube said the grams in it, so it should last that long. It sounds to me as though everyone is over dosing it.
So glad I accidentally came across this thread! Yes, the applicator’s dosing is disturbingly and dangerously incorrect! I was prescribed 1 gram Estrace Vaginal Cream three times per week a number of years ago and have been taking that dose every week for a long time. It wasn't until about a year or so ago that I realized that the applicator was dosing too much. I had unfortunately trusted it! Because my Medicare drug insurance always refills this script whenever I need a refill, I hadn’t thought about how many doses I should truly get from the 42.5 gr tube. I was overdosing for years because of Allergan’s negligence! This is unacceptable and dangerous. Allergan, who makes Estrace, needs to be held accountable. We need to do a class action lawsuit.
Glad to find this thread.
I have difficulty with filling the applicator. After I squeeze Estrace cream into it and when I disconnect the applicator from the tube the pressure inside the tube cause the cream to squeeze out, sometimes it’s about 1gr or more. To prevent it from happening and the waist, now I put my finger on top of the tube opening immediately after I remove the applicator but it doesn’t seam right. Also it’s very hard to clean the applicator between use, need to use toothpick and Q-tips to try take off leftover cream. Also one time when the tube was half empty ,I folded it to be able to squeeze better and the tube broke on the fold. I wold love to get contact info for person in the drug company to relate this issues with them. Thank you
If you contact your state Department of Consumer Affairs, they will send you or email you a complaint form to complete. You might want to send a copy to your state attorney general also. I don't think it will help as nobody wants to fight with Big Pharma but it can't hurt. I'm in if anyone wants to file a class action lawsuit.
Oh my goodness. This cream lasts me a week. I have been putting 4x as much as I should. Maybe that's why it hasn't been helping. My tube has markings that I did not understand. I am down with a suit because it is just so cheap of them to give us one applicator. This drug is too expensive for that. The women on here may have saved my life. Thank you.
I hope that this thread is still open and someone can give me the latest update. I've had the exact issue with Estrace (Allergan product) and also with the generic Estradiol (currently the generic I have on hand is manufactured by Teva). A pharmacist at Express Scripts informed me that there had been no other issues reported with Estrace 42.5, and that I was the first to have an issue with getting less than 42 doses. I contacted my GYN's office to make sure I was not overdosing. After taking the prescription and the applicator into their office, the nurse indicated that the applicator was confusing, and that I should "eyeball" it when filling the applicator. She indicated that the applicator as set up appeared to be giving me more than a 1 gram dose. I'm really uncomfortable with the whole situation and can't understand how the drug companies haven't made corrections -- either to the size of the tube or to the markings on the applicator.
Has anyone progressed in finding out how to proceed? I'm so glad I found this thread -- It wasn't easy! Obviously the drug companies keep the complaints hidden.
I started Estradiol cream 3 months ago, one tube to last 3 months, ran out in two months. Measured on gram scale and found out applicator 1 gm mark is not accurate, same as others have reported. I am going to report to FDA, I was surprised someone else did and said the FDA is not interested, this is part of their mission. Please report to FDA, the squeaky wheel gets the oil.
I am new here and glad I found this thread. I just started this Rx and what I've noticed is how when I twist off the top it oozes out a bit. After pushing into applicator, there's a bit left at bottom of applicator, and when I remove that, even more oozes out of tube. I can see how easily this waste will add up! There must be a way to make this a more secure fit. I hope our doctors adjust the Rx to a larger tube. I can't believe that it is a good thing to miss days of this medication.
This is very interesting as I just filled my first prescription in at least a decade. What is everyone paying per tube? When I first got a prescription for this, it was $15 copay and a tube a month. Now I’m paying $168. Someone is making a heck of a profit on my vagina.
if you order the RX from a pharmacy in Canada you will pay substantially less - likely you will pay 15% of what you are paying now -
not 15% less than you are paying rather 15% of what you are paying.
it's exactly the same thing in exactly the same package
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