Availability Of Bellamine-s

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Linda Says:


Are Bellamine-S and similar drugs still available? My pharmacy can't find them, so if you know how and where you can get them, please let me know. Thank you.



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Over50 Says:

My pharmacist told me that the drug manufacturer which makes Bellamine is no longer making it. My doctor is searching for an alternative by another brand name. If I have to, I will try Canadian pharmacies on line. This drug has allowed me to get uninterrupted sleep for the first time since going off hormones (mandatory due to blood clots). It has kept the sleep deprivation away and gotten my sleep-wake cycle back to normal. Bellamine is the only drug that has worked for me and is helping me get through menopause.

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Janice Says:

Hi there Linda. I was looking for information about the discontinuance of Bellamine S and saw your question. Even though Bellamine worked well for me while I was taking it, once I stopped, since it has been discontinued and was no longer available through my health care provider, I called around and did locate it at CVS [drug store].

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ReginaD143 Says:

I too have used Bellamine for two years with phenomenal results for night sweats and other menopausal symptoms. When I learned my pharmacy could no longer get the medication, I too did some research and found out the manufacturer has discontinued the product. My endocrinologist has prescribed Clonidine HCL (a blood-pressure med) as a substitute. I will run out of my bellamine tabs this week and begin the new meds. I hope it works . . . will keep you posted AND plan to try CVS!

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Over50 Says:

My doctor found a compounding pharmacy in my town to make up the Bellamine tabs for me, #90 tabs for $75. It is more than worth it for me. I can't tell you how relieved I was. I also was started on a Catapres patch weekly to help with hot flashes & sweats, but when it was discovered my blood pressure was high, I was kept on the patch by my cardiologist. The combination of the patch and Bellamine is a winner for me.

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ReginaD143 Says:

Will insurance not cover the medication when compounded? Is it a standard pharmacy (Rite Aid, Walgreens) that is compounding the prescription? I certainly would be happy to pay (as you are), but any information is GREATLY appreciated.

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Over50 Says:

The compounding pharmacy only deals in cash, the patient is responsible for taking the matter up with his/her health insurance to check about a co-pay or reimbursement. They do not actually make the pills, but put together the same ingredients in capsule form. Just ask your physician to contact a local compounding pharmacy about this.

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Verwon Says:

The reason it is no longer available is the company had to discontinue making it by order of the FDA!

This medication contained 2 drugs which were NEVER approved for use by the FDA. Ergotamine and Phenobarbital. The FDA is cracking down on these unapproved medications and making the companies remove them from the market. Thus, this is no longer available and there are no equivelent substitutes available.

This is also why, if you do find a compounding pharmacy that has the ingredients to make it for you, health insurance companies will not cover it. They only cover approved substances.


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Linda Douthit Says:

Thank all of you who have replied! It is obvious that I am not the only person with this problem! My next question is, what company is making the medicine that CVS is selling, since the mfg. co. seems not to be making Bellamine-S? If I check with CVS, what is the name of the drug? Is it Bellamine-S? Thank you.

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lydia Says:

I am searching for a pharmacy that is providing Bellamine-S. tablets. I tried CVS and cvs is no longer providing the medicine. please help if anyone knows of a pharmacy.

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linda douthit Says:

I can't see how these were unapproved, as this, formerly Bellergal-S, has been made and sold and prescribed for many, many years. It is not something new. I still cannot understand why they no longer make it. From the replies, I can see that many, many people have been helped by it.

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patricia Says:

I have been using bellaspas (Bellamine) for almost a year now, but I'm about to run out of it. It has been miraculous in stopping the hot flashes and letting me sleep. If anyone knows of any way to get hold of it, even outside the country, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Thanks.

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nancy Says:

Has anyone had any luck finding Bellamine-S tabs? Have been out of them for 3 weeks & haven't slept well since, not to mention the flashes are back.

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young survivor Says:

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 37. The treatments left me with horrible hot flashes that were more depressing than the surgery. Bellamine worked incredibly well for me. My doctor has been unable to find a suitable substitue. Has anyone found anything?

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linda douthit Says:

I had responded to this problem of no Bellergal or Bellamine, as I had no solution, either. My doctor has now prescribed Belladonna Alkaloids w/PB tablets, made by Qualitest, and I really believe that they have helped me, not with the headaches, but with the hot flashes, anxiety, sadness, etc. I had a little trouble getting the prescription going, though. When he went it to Walgreen's, for me to try for a month, he sent it in as Donnatal, for which they substituted the above named drug. However, when it sent it to Caremark for my 90-day supply, he sent in Donnatal, for which they recognized no generic and were going to charge $80 for a 90-day supply, 270 tablets, but if he sent it in the Belladonna.... they would fill it for 90 days for less than $20. I don't understand the reasoning there, since Walgreen's had considered it a generic for Donnatal. However, it has helped me, and I hope that it will help someone else. --




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steph Says:

My pharmacist can not get anyone to call him back regarding the compounding of the drug. If someone has a compounding pharmacy, would you please submit the name and number. I would be so very grateful.

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over40 Says:

I've been on Bellamine for 5 years and CVS told me today that it is discontinued. I called WalMart and got the same response. Nothing else has worked for me. I don't know what I will do now.

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steph Says:

My pharmacist has gotten the ingrediants to compound it. What a blessing.

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kathryn Says:

Would appreciate knowing what pharmacist/pharmacy will compound this and other medicatons. Difficult getting anyone to release info. on compounding meds. Hou; TX

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over 55 Says:

I cannot sleep at night because of hot flashes. Was taken off hormones because of (blood Clots). Need Bellamine-S. Would appreciate knowing what pharmacist will compound this drug.
Colo Springs, CO

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steph Says:

You can have your pharmacist call the Medicine Chest North in Sulphur Springs, TX and maybe he can help. He is now compounding this drug.

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