From Pharmacy Drug Guide
Mirena® is an intrauterine device (IUD) that is used to prevent pregnancy in women. It is inserted into the uterus by a doctor, where it may remain for up to five years. Like many other birth control products, patients will need a prescription to purchase Mirena®.
Mirena®costs just below $850, and the cost is not covered by all health plans. Three out of four patients are covered under their health insurance. Discounts or coupons for Mirena® may be available to help decrease the cost through gynecologists' offices or various clinics and women's health organizations.
Official Mirena site
|Brand name for||An intrauterine device|
|Manufacturer||Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.|
|Types of coupons||Low cost options at clinics, possibly occasional printed or printable coupons|
|Disclaimer||The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide.com is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.|
Mirena® works by releasing low doses of a hormone called levonorgestrel into the uterus. While most women will still release an egg each month, Mirena® blocks fertilization through a combination of mechanisms. Sperm may be kept out of the uterus by cervical mucus, thickened by the hormone. Levonorgestrel may also cause thinning of the uterus lining, thus contributing to pregnancy prevention.
Mirena® was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 6, 2000, and is the only hormonal-based IUD to be approved to date. Mirena® is roughly as effective as birth control pills (with less than a 1 percent chance of pregnancy while it is in place), but requires less maintenance. Patients must only check the threads of the device once each month.
Patients may experience side effects with Mirena®. The most common side effects from Mirena®, experienced in more than 51 percent of the clinical trial participants, was alterations in vaginal or uterine bleeding. Other common side effects included vaginal discharge, headaches or migraines, breast pain, acne, mood alterations, and bleeding and spotting between cycles.
Mirena Patient Assistance Programs and Coupons
- Women who are uninsured may qualify for Bayer Healthcare's flexible payment plan, which allows patients to pay for Mirena® over 24 months. Each monthly payment is $35.15. Patients can also divide payments into four monthly installments, paying $337.44 for the first installment, and $168.72 for each of the remaining three months.
- The Arch Foundation is a non-profit foundation that helps aid low income individuals with their Mirena® prescription. In some cases, qualified individuals will receive Mirena® for free. In order to qualify, patients must not have insurance coverage for Mirena®, must be a resident of the United States with a licensed U.S. healthcare provider, and must meet certain income requirements compared to the Federal Poverty Level. An application is available to download from the official Arch Foundation website, or patients can call 877-393-9071 for additional information.
- Women who are in need of birth control and have limited income may wish to visit a women's health clinic such as Planned Parenthood, which uses a sliding scale payment system to help ensure that all women have access to birth control and other reproductive health products and services.
- State and city health boards may provide information about free or low cost clinics in the patient's area that carry Mirena®. Often, local governments and/or organizations sponsor health centers that cater to those with limited financial means.
- Occasionally, coupons for Mirena® are available on coupon websites. However, these are rare. Because Mirena® must be installed at a practitioner's office, most drug store coupons may not apply.