What exactly is the difference between a store bought ( Heath food store) Progesterone, and the one the compounding pharmacy makes. I was given a Rx for a natural progesterone, 20 mg from my Doctor, had the Rx filled, very expensive 55.00. for 16 day supply. The pharmacist did say it was a very low dose. I have looked on line read many ariticles, and I am not sure that I can't buy a natural over the counter that will do the same thing. If it's all natural the Rx than why the Prescription?
Generally speaking you would not need a prescription to purchase an over the counter (OTC) product. Your compounding pharmacy may need a written prescription depending on the ingredients being used to compound your progesterone, and a prescription can also be used to ensure the proper dosing.
One difference between store bought products and compounded products is the guarantee of strength. OTC progesterone products may not always contain the exact progesterone concentrations listed on the label. With a compounded product, a pharmacist is able to ensure the strength of progesterone specified by your doctor.
There have been studies demonstrating OTC progesterone creams achieve progesterone concentrations similar to those found from patients taking prescription-only progesterone oral capsules. If you are interested in switching to an OTC progesterone, you should first consult your doctor to determine if the desired strength is available on the market.
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