Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My RX list

Okay friends. Here are the drugs that I will be taking next month.

  1. Bravelle 150 IU/Day for 10 days (control the timing of egg ripening and increase the chance of producing a substantial number of eggs)
  2. Menopur 75 IU/Day for 10 days  (stimulate multiple follicular development LH & FSH)
  3. Lupron 2 week kit (supress my ovaries)
  4. Ovidrel 1 prefilled syringe (to ripen and mature my eggs HcG)
  5. Crinone 8% gel #15 (progesterone gel)

I have tried to get an estimate of the prices online, but I will be making calls over my lunch tomorrow. These are the quick research numbers that I have got so far.

  1. Bravelle = $2,245
  2. Menopur = $1,225
  3. Lupron = $900
  4. Ovidrel = $115
  5. Crinone = $282
Talk about stuff getting real. I will also be prescribed a pain medication and antibiotic but they said that those would be cheap so they didn't give me the names. So around $4,800 later we will have the drugs needed for our chance at a take home baby. It's just money right? (insert my tears here)

I am staying positive, but whew this is a lot to take in at the moment. My state needs to join the ranks with the other states that have at least some IF coverage. How about a tax credit? Anything?

Has anyone had a protocol close to this one? Opinions? Thoughts?


  1. The only difference on my protocol is I used Follistim instead of Bravelle.

  2. I've been on follistim or Gonal f as opposed to bravelle. Good luck with everything!

  3. I wish those drugs were covered as easily as birth control pills are. Good luck with your cycle! I hope you get the birthday present you want (and deserve).

  4. Looks fairly standard for someone without DOR. I know it seems like it's a lot, but just be thankful you aren't on higher doses! My meds were $7200 for our fresh cycle, but I was on 450 iu Gonal F per day and 150 iu Menopur.

    Keep track of your expenses if you aren't already, because if they amount to 10% or more of your adjusted gross income, you can write off any amount beyond that 10%. We did it last year and plan to do it again this year. Any little bit helps! http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html

  5. I was on follistim as well. I agree with Emily keep track of every penny you spend. Look at the website she gave you. There were things covered I did not expect to be. The only other thing I would say is try calling around. We used Walgreens and they have a rebate card for every $500 (I think) that you spend. It was something at least. Good luck!!!

  6. I will be on follitism 125 IU & Menopur 75IU. I believe I will also be taking ganirelix to prevent premature ovulation. I have used Ovidrel for all three IUIs but this time around I am going to use Novarel. As for the progesterone I will be on the oil injectable ones for at least two weeks then I can switch to vaginal if I wanted to. Eek! Best of luck.