Do I need prescription to get compression stockings?

Compression Stockings . 12 answers . 2 years ago

I've been wearing Futuro compression knee highs for years. I now find the elastic below the knees which holds them up is tight and makes an indentation. I have venous insufficiency with mild leg edema. Do I need prescription to get new compression stockings?

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2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

High compression hose 40-50 mm Hg and custom fit hose require a prescription by law. Some insurance carriers require a doctor's prescription for coverage.

2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

High compression hose 40-50 mm Hg and custom fit hose require a prescription by law. Some insurance carriers require a doctor's prescription for coverage.


2 years ago by Vein Center of Orange County (View Profile)

Good question! Compression stockings are not controlled like drugs and do not require a prescription. However, the wrong size or strength could either be ineffective or harmful. Therefore, most responsible pharmacists and reputable sellers prefer a doctor's prescription, while experienced
vendors can often provide guidance.

2 years ago by Vein Center of Orange County (View Profile)

Good question! Compression stockings are not controlled like drugs and do not require a prescription. However, the wrong size or strength could either be ineffective or harmful. Therefore, most responsible pharmacists and reputable sellers prefer a doctor's prescription, while experienced
vendors can often provide guidance.


2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

It depends on the level of compression of the stockings. Probably worth an evaluation of your venous system by a vascular MD if it's been a while.

2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

It depends on the level of compression of the stockings. Probably worth an evaluation of your venous system by a vascular MD if it's been a while.


2 years ago by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center (View Profile)

No, you don't need a prescription to get compression stockings.

2 years ago by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center (View Profile)

No, you don't need a prescription to get compression stockings.


2 years ago by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas (View Profile)

No, just go to a medical supply store and get measured.

2 years ago by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas (View Profile)

No, just go to a medical supply store and get measured.


2 years ago by Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute (View Profile)

Compression up to 20-30 mm Hg are stronger than Futuro brand and don't need a prescription. The indentation will always be an issue unless the stockings go to the thighs.

2 years ago by Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute (View Profile)

Compression up to 20-30 mm Hg are stronger than Futuro brand and don't need a prescription. The indentation will always be an issue unless the stockings go to the thighs.


2 years ago by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology (View Profile)

Grade 2 (30-40 mmHg) GRADUATED compression stockings do require prescription.

2 years ago by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology (View Profile)

Grade 2 (30-40 mmHg) GRADUATED compression stockings do require prescription.


2 years ago by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre (View Profile)

Medical Grade compression hose do require a prescription from a physician. I don't recommend knee highs for exactly the problems you are having. A properly fitted thigh-high or panty style should feel better.

2 years ago by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre (View Profile)

Medical Grade compression hose do require a prescription from a physician. I don't recommend knee highs for exactly the problems you are having. A properly fitted thigh-high or panty style should feel better.


2 years ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina (View Profile)

You can get a low grade compression stocking without a prescription.However, it sounds as though you might need a higher compression. In our office we normally prescribe 30-40 mm. Have you had any treatment? In our office we do not prescribe compression stockings without an evaluation to determine what you may need and if you have venous problems.

2 years ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina (View Profile)

You can get a low grade compression stocking without a prescription.However, it sounds as though you might need a higher compression. In our office we normally prescribe 30-40 mm. Have you had any treatment? In our office we do not prescribe compression stockings without an evaluation to determine what you may need and if you have venous problems.


2 years ago by Vein Specialists (View Profile)

You may purchase compression hose over the counter but they rarely fit
properly and may not be of high enough compression to make a significant
difference. I would recommend you have your legs professionally measured at
a vein center and buy yourself a good quality pair of hose.

2 years ago by Vein Specialists (View Profile)

You may purchase compression hose over the counter but they rarely fit
properly and may not be of high enough compression to make a significant
difference. I would recommend you have your legs professionally measured at
a vein center and buy yourself a good quality pair of hose.


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

Compression stockings can be gotten through a prescription or by going to any surgical supply store, drug store, etc. The compression of the stocking varies according to what is being treated. For most routine things, compression around 18 to 30 is sufficient. I rarely prescribe compression stockings, as most can be purchased over the counter. Certainly, custom made stockings may be more form fitting, but they are also considerably more expensive and, in my experience, not much better than over the counter. You may want to see a vein specialist before getting stockings.

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

Compression stockings can be gotten through a prescription or by going to any surgical supply store, drug store, etc. The compression of the stocking varies according to what is being treated. For most routine things, compression around 18 to 30 is sufficient. I rarely prescribe compression stockings, as most can be purchased over the counter. Certainly, custom made stockings may be more form fitting, but they are also considerably more expensive and, in my experience, not much better than over the counter. You may want to see a vein specialist before getting stockings.


2 years ago by Health Qare Associates of Northern Virginia (View Profile)

Yes, you do need a prescription to get compression stockings; however, you can order prescription strength stockings (20-30 mmHg or 30-40 mmHg) online without a prescription.

2 years ago by Health Qare Associates of Northern Virginia (View Profile)

Yes, you do need a prescription to get compression stockings; however, you can order prescription strength stockings (20-30 mmHg or 30-40 mmHg) online without a prescription.

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