Est Estrog/mtest Ds Tab

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Gerry Matt Says:


I have been taking the brand drug Estratest, Not Estrates HS. My last prescription was a generic (GLENMARK) and it was the dark green, same as the brand name. I just went to my pharmacy and they provided the light green (Brenckrdg) which I am told is the higher dose 1.25mg/2.5mg.
Why would your company not be consistent with Glenmark generic, and the brand in the color of the drug and dose?
I read on your website that your light green is the doseage of 1.25mg/2.5mg. Is this correct and why would you not be consistent with the color so as not to confuse patients. Also, what is the color of your generic Estratest HS?
Thank you for your reply.



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Guadalupe M Pankratz Says:

I had the same experience. I am trying to decipher what IP 78 is, as imprinted on the tablet. The bottle says the right dose, but I cannot find any pictures on the web...

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san Says:

i am having the same trouble with the pharmacy changing my pills. I am use to the dark green which I know is the right one for me.

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mello. Says:

for over 30 years i took the estratest non generic brand and then the company is no longer in existence thus the generic lighter green than lighter yet green. i have noticed many side effects. extremely tired where i wasn't , restless legs, etc. the ingredients or doses must be different.

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Maescats Says:

I took the light green, it is the HS or half strength, .0625. The dark green is 1.25 which is full strength. I had to argue with my pharmacist because they keep giving me the dark green instead of the light green. Bring back Estratest and get rid of the generic.

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David Says:

To: Guadalupe M Pankratz,

I located the pill marked IP 78. It is Esterified estrogens methyltestosterone (1.25 / 2.5 mg).

The photo of the pill looks to be light green...

Click here to see a picture of the pill.

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Maescats Says:

My Estrogmtest HS light green pill has an A on one side and number 805 on the other.

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Carol Says:

I too have been on Estratest and was given the generic as a replacement. I got hot flashes immediately after starting the first generic and requested another. The second (I'm told there are only two) is controlling the hot flashes, but now that I've been on it for a couple months I realize I'm more tired and sleeping 10 to 12 hours a day. In other words, I don't believe the testosterone componant of the drug is adequate. I am also gaining weight. The Estratest was PERFECT and I am VERY upset that it's no longer being made and that another company can't or isn't reproducing it exactly as it was made by the original company, especially since there was no restriction on doing so, and never has been. I am not interested in herbal or natural replacement, but if ANYONE knows of a legitimate pharmacutical replacement, please post it.

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maescats Says:

Carol, thank you for your posting. I used the original Estratest and it worked great. Now I am having the tired problems and the doctors couldn't figure it out. I never thought it was the drug I was changed over too. My doctor was surprised to find out the generic had Menest 125 added, which is the testosterone. He said he was never told by the industry. Thus I was taking too much testosterone. Go figure. I wish I could help you with something else, but I'm also looking.

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Jeanette Says:

I have been taking Estratest HS as HRT for ~10 years after a complete hysterectomy. I had been using the Solvay brand and had wonderful results. Since Solvay is no longer producing Estratest HS the pharmacy switched me to the generic brand made by Interpharm Inc. (light blue with an IP 77 stamped on it). It was terrible! I had higher than normal blood pressure and I ended up having some type of allergic reaction and was sick and fatiqued for 2 months. I researched another vendor 'Glenmark' (light green with AP 805 stamp) and finally found that Smith's food store pharmacy would order it for me. I switched to it and it is wonderful!! I recommend anyone having problems with the IP77 blue pills to try the 'GLENMARK' brand. (Light green one with the 805 stamp on it). You may have to search around for a pharmacy that will get it for you but it is so worth the extra work.

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fae279 Says:

Boy, am I glad I found this website! Maybe one of you can help me. After a complete hysterectomy, I have been prescribed the generic hormone; Estrogenmtest for years. It's DARK GREEN with the 908 on one side. This was very reasonable at $13.00 a month. When my prescription was refilled, I received the LIGHT GREEN pill with IP 78 on it. This 30 day prescription cost me $58.00! The pharmacist was too busy to help me. Can anyone here help? I'm concerned that I'm now taking the wrong dosage. Needless to say, there's no way I can afford the cost. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Oh, forgot to mention...never got past the Drs. receptionist....she just kept insisting that the Dr. refilled my prescription correctly.

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David Says:

Fae279,

The light green pill IP 78 is Esterified estrogens methyltestosterone (1.25 / 2.5 mg).

Please take a look at my reply below to view a photo of the pill in question.

I cannot seem to locate the dark green pill marked 908 in the drug databases. My guess is that it may be discontinued?

Have you returned to the pharmacy who administered it? They should certainly be able to provide a precise answer. I think it is rude that the receptionist as well as the pharmacy would be too busy to properly address your request. It is their job to help.Theres a chance that the pill may only cost more because of a change in manufacturers and you may be able to locate a lesser expensive brand name.

I've been in a similar situation with a pill that was considerably more expensive just because of the brand and I was given an option to chose the cheaper alternative that worked just as well. I recommend asking the same from your doctor.

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patchover Says:

I had the same pill Jeanette had. I only took it three days. Yet I had so many dangerous issues. My mind was gone, I slept all the time, I felt low and depressed basically. I stopped after 3 days of using this drug. It is a week later and I still feel the oily hair and face that seemed to begin. I don't need any help if it is going to take over my brain as most pills do..

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Stephanie Says:

I have been given a dark green pill which has LCI on one side and 1409 on the other. I am concerned it is not the regular estratest (1.25/2.5) as it is different from my others.

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Patricia Graham Says:

I am looking for the
dark green Estratest DS (stands for Double Strength). Cannot find it anywherem and NOBODY wants to help - only substitute the
HS which stands for the HALF STRENGTH. Can anyione please find the dark green tablets = doublt strength?

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CRISSY Says:

I AM 30 YEARS OLD AND JUST HAD A COMPLETE HYSTERECTOMT 6 WEEKS AGO. MY DOCTOR PUT ME ON EST ESTROGENMTEST TAB. NOT REALLY SURE OF THE STRENGTH, BUT IT IS LIGHT GREEN AND HAS IP 78 ON THE PILL. CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF THEY HAVE HAD A PROBLEN WITH THIS PILL SUCH HAS SIDE AFFECTS, ECT. CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT THEIR OPINION OF TAKING SYNTHETIC HORMONES INSTEAD OF NATURAL? I AM A LITTLE AFRAID OF TAKING SYNTHETIC HORMONES, BECAUSE ALL I HAVE HEARD IS THAT THEY CAUSE CANCER ESPECIALLY BREAST CANCER. jUST LOOKING FOR OTHER PEOPLES OPINIONS! THANK YOU!!

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Patsy Says:

I am just as confused as everyone else is in reference to the ESTRATEST HS vs. the ESTRATEST DS. My understanding as of many years ago was the HS = half strength and the DS = Double strength. My Gynocologist confirmed that a long time ago. I was doing great on the dark green DS pills until the pharmacies started substituting the light green (HS) and not saying a word about it. I have questioned lots of pharmacists about it and only one would admit I was right. Now, this last time I went for a refill, this pharmacy told me they no longer can get the dark green ones (DS) and substituted the light green ones (HS). Still they call the light green ones S and I know better.

My question is what if I take 2 light green pills a day to equal the DS I have been so happy with? The pharmacies
I have been to give me the brushoff and don't have time to research this thoroughly and seem to care less.

Any help anyone could give me would be appreciated. Thank you.

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patsy graham Says:

I had a hysterectomy in 2005 and the doctor prescribed Estratest(a dark green pill). I went to the pharmacy to pick up my refill and they had changed my prescription to Estrogenmtest Hstab. It is a light blueish color and has a IP 77 on the pill. I called the pharmacy and they told me that they had changed manufacturers. I am really concerned about the change and the stories that I have read. Can anyone give me some information?

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Brenda Renault Says:

i had a total hysteroctomy in 2006 and this is the first time that i have priscribethe est estrogenmtest it is a light green with the ip 78 on the pill reading everyone comments i an afraid to take it can any give me a little more infomation ab out it and the side effect


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Joyce Says:

Why is there so much confusion at pharmacies regarding Estrtest HS & DS and their generic forms? It s just crazy that the dark green pill (the double strength) is now made with the light green color that WAS the half-strength color! Talk about confusing!!! And the pharmacies seem clueless about it all! I want to know if the currently avaiable generics re identical in all respects to the original Estrstest DS.....HELP??!!

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CRISSY Says:

Hello has anyone had any problems with the light green pills with IP 78 stamped on it? side affects, ect.

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