What is Bioidentical hormones?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Bioidentical hormone cream Bi-Est Bi-EstPro Show all

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Bioidentical hormones are custom-mixed formulas containing various hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally made by the body. These prescription and over-the-counter products are marketed as being tailored to a woman's individual hormone needs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Hormone replacement 9 10
Hot flashes 3 5
Fibromyalgia 1 0
Hashimoto's thyroiditis 1 0
Insomnia 1 4

Show all 11 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
1
Mild
7
None
15

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bioidentical hormones

Side effect Patients
Hair growth 2
Acne 1
Increased appetite 1
Increased energy 1
Increased sex drive (libido) 1
Insomnia 1

Show all 12 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bioidentical hormones

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 1
1 other daily 1
4 other daily 1
100 mg daily 1
240 mg daily 1
daily 1
monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Bioidentical hormones

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Other 3
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 15 patients who've stopped taking Bioidentical hormones

Duration

Currently taking Bioidentical hormones

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Bioidentical hormones

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 21
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 6
Not specified 5

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Bioidentical hormones after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Estradiol (Estrace) 2
Compounded topical medication 1
Estrogen derivative (Premarin) 1

Patients stopped taking Bioidentical hormones and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Estrogen derivative (Premarin) 1
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Bioidentical hormones

Jan 8, 2011 (Started Sep 18, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Hormone replacement)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I just got tired of them and didn't find any major bad side affect in quitting so I quit.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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