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Do you need a prescription to get compression stockings?

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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
10 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, sort of

It varies from state to state.
In many states, a prescription is needed to be able to get compression stockings that apply more than 20 mm hg. Many feel that anything less than 20 mm hg is not helpful, except for anti-embolism when you are at bed rest. Your best bet is to get a prescription and have them fit by a certified fitter to get the best results.

In brief: Yes, sort of

It varies from state to state.
In many states, a prescription is needed to be able to get compression stockings that apply more than 20 mm hg. Many feel that anything less than 20 mm hg is not helpful, except for anti-embolism when you are at bed rest. Your best bet is to get a prescription and have them fit by a certified fitter to get the best results.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

No. You can purchase compression stockings at most pharmacies.
However, in order for insurance to cover the stocking or help pay for it a script will be necessary.

In brief: No

No. You can purchase compression stockings at most pharmacies.
However, in order for insurance to cover the stocking or help pay for it a script will be necessary.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Compression Stocking

You can indeed obtain these over the counter at any drug store or on-line; however, the level of compression varies from one stocking to another and this should be determined by a health care professional.
It is possible to compress too much and cause harm; therefore, assessment and measurement by a wound care professional is vital. Also, the correct height of the stocking can be determined.

In brief: Compression Stocking

You can indeed obtain these over the counter at any drug store or on-line; however, the level of compression varies from one stocking to another and this should be determined by a health care professional.
It is possible to compress too much and cause harm; therefore, assessment and measurement by a wound care professional is vital. Also, the correct height of the stocking can be determined.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology

In brief: Depends

Compression stockings frequently can be bought over the counter without a prescription.
This is in contraindication to graduated support hose which need to be measured, custom made and require a prescription. Depending of what is being treated, this will dictate the type of stocking which is necessary. For many people, simple compression stockings are the norm but the right pressure is key.

In brief: Depends

Compression stockings frequently can be bought over the counter without a prescription.
This is in contraindication to graduated support hose which need to be measured, custom made and require a prescription. Depending of what is being treated, this will dictate the type of stocking which is necessary. For many people, simple compression stockings are the norm but the right pressure is key.
Dr. John Landi
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