Are compression stockings from the drug store okay or do I need prescription?

Compression Stockings . 8 answers . 4 years ago

What are the differences? Is it worth the additional cost?

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4 years ago by Vein Specialty Medical Clinic, Inc. (View Profile)

Some most compression stockings sold at regular drug stores are up to 15mmHg pressure which is considered insufficient compression after sclerotherapy (specially for varicose veins). Best compression stockings pressures are graduated 20-30mmHg for spider veins and small varicose veins, and 30-40-mmHG for large varicose veins, which are used for few days to a couple of weeks after treatments. Medical supply stores carry these stockings as well as all vein specialist offices. Generally, price is usually lower at the doctor office for
same type of stockings, as compared to medical supply stores.

4 years ago by Vein Specialty Medical Clinic, Inc. (View Profile)

Some most compression stockings sold at regular drug stores are up to 15mmHg pressure which is considered insufficient compression after sclerotherapy (specially for varicose veins). Best compression stockings pressures are graduated 20-30mmHg for spider veins and small varicose veins, and 30-40-mmHG for large varicose veins, which are used for few days to a couple of weeks after treatments. Medical supply stores carry these stockings as well as all vein specialist offices. Generally, price is usually lower at the doctor office for
same type of stockings, as compared to medical supply stores.


4 years ago by Innovative Vein (View Profile)

The real difference between stockings, be they below knee or thigh high, etc. is the compression. Prescription stockings tend to be 30-40 mmHg. The higher, the greater the compression. Over the counter tend to be in the 10-20 mmHg range or less. The higher compression will relieve symptoms more effectively.

4 years ago by Innovative Vein (View Profile)

The real difference between stockings, be they below knee or thigh high, etc. is the compression. Prescription stockings tend to be 30-40 mmHg. The higher, the greater the compression. Over the counter tend to be in the 10-20 mmHg range or less. The higher compression will relieve symptoms more effectively.


4 years ago by VeinSolutions - Edina (View Profile)

If you are only using them for therapeutic reasons, hose from the drug store are fine. However, if a patient is having sclerotherapy or VNUS Closure with us, we do require that they wear the 20-30mm prescription level of compression. The higher levels of compression are also better for patients with phlebitis, a history of DVT, or other venous conditions.

4 years ago by VeinSolutions - Edina (View Profile)

If you are only using them for therapeutic reasons, hose from the drug store are fine. However, if a patient is having sclerotherapy or VNUS Closure with us, we do require that they wear the 20-30mm prescription level of compression. The higher levels of compression are also better for patients with phlebitis, a history of DVT, or other venous conditions.


4 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

Over the counter compression stockings have a lower compression grade. If you have documented venous insufficiency, I would recommend the prescription hose.

4 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

Over the counter compression stockings have a lower compression grade. If you have documented venous insufficiency, I would recommend the prescription hose.


4 years ago by VeinCare Centers of Tennessee (View Profile)

Many of the compression stockings available in many drug stores may be fine for mild venous insuffieciency and inadequate for patients with more significant vein problems or leg swelling. Generally, the quality of stocking is commensurate with the price. Most patients who have significant vein disease are much better off with high quality support hose which have been fitted by someone who is expert at fitting support hose. Much of the
dissatisfaction some people have with support hose is because they are not propertly fitted with the correct size of hose or because they have not been taught how to don and remove the stockings. Differences in quality of fabric, options for open toe or closed toe, type of upper cuff on the hose, and the configuaration of the hose make a big difference.

High quality,properly fitted hose usually are much cheaper in the long run.

4 years ago by VeinCare Centers of Tennessee (View Profile)

Many of the compression stockings available in many drug stores may be fine for mild venous insuffieciency and inadequate for patients with more significant vein problems or leg swelling. Generally, the quality of stocking is commensurate with the price. Most patients who have significant vein disease are much better off with high quality support hose which have been fitted by someone who is expert at fitting support hose. Much of the
dissatisfaction some people have with support hose is because they are not propertly fitted with the correct size of hose or because they have not been taught how to don and remove the stockings. Differences in quality of fabric, options for open toe or closed toe, type of upper cuff on the hose, and the configuaration of the hose make a big difference.

High quality,properly fitted hose usually are much cheaper in the long run.


4 years ago by Miller Vein (View Profile)

The degree of compression is typically less from a drug store. The need for greater compression would depend on your needs. This is something worth discussing with your vein physician.

4 years ago by Miller Vein (View Profile)

The degree of compression is typically less from a drug store. The need for greater compression would depend on your needs. This is something worth discussing with your vein physician.


4 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Compression stockings over the counter are a lower grade compression and may not be graduated. Prescription stockings are graduated(pressure decreases from ankle up) and are of specific grades of compression. What you should have depends on your specific needs and diagnosis.

4 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Compression stockings over the counter are a lower grade compression and may not be graduated. Prescription stockings are graduated(pressure decreases from ankle up) and are of specific grades of compression. What you should have depends on your specific needs and diagnosis.


4 years ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Some most compression stockings sold at regular drug stores are up to 15mmHg pressure which is considered insufficient compression after sclerotherapy (specially for varicose veins). Best compression stockings pressures are graduated 20-30mmHg for spider veins and small varicose veins, and 30-40-mmHG for large varicose veins, which are used for few days to a couple of weeks after treatments. Medical supply stores carry these stockings as well as all vein specialist offices. Generally, price is usually lower at the doctor office for the same type of stockings, as compared to medical supply stores.

4 years ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Some most compression stockings sold at regular drug stores are up to 15mmHg pressure which is considered insufficient compression after sclerotherapy (specially for varicose veins). Best compression stockings pressures are graduated 20-30mmHg for spider veins and small varicose veins, and 30-40-mmHG for large varicose veins, which are used for few days to a couple of weeks after treatments. Medical supply stores carry these stockings as well as all vein specialist offices. Generally, price is usually lower at the doctor office for the same type of stockings, as compared to medical supply stores.

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