Cheap Glucophage????

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Dead Man walking
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   Posted 5/3/2007 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Howdy, folks, I just spent the entire night reading these forms.   A hardy thanks to the frequent posters on here. Seriously.
 
Basically I am screwed. My BS in the low 200's most of the time. No insurance, no doc, etc.
 
I have eliminated sugar. I used to eat candy every night since I am fairly thin.
 
Now I am trying to kick carbs.
 
I have been atkins bars and waking up to a  whey drink breakfest. I love those atkins bars! :)
 
So I am thinking of getting glucophage from the net. Any reliable sources out there? I am afraid to put my Credit card info some of these sites, with all the phishing scams (fake sites for purpose of getting credit cards-  ) in play these days.
 
It looks like a lot of web sites will send me glucophage without a prescription.   Any suggested sources?
 
I had a little pasta tonight , maybe 4 ounzes with a quarter can of tuna. A couple hours later, my BS was over 300. I am so screwed.
 
Thanks

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 5/4/2007 1:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Find a Dr who will work with you.Do you have free clinics whare you are?No reputable place will give you Glucopage without a script.You won't know if it's the right med or not,or what's in it.
SnowyLynne


AMM
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   Posted 5/4/2007 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I went for years with no insurance and being a type 1 diabetic. I found a free clinic and they helped me a lot. Sometimes they are a bit hard to find. Check your phone book for health clinics. Call and ask how they work. Call your local churches. Someone at a local church may have knowledge of resources. Contact the American Diabetes Association. They have resources to help the uninsured. Call a local hospital and ask to speak with a social worker. It is a social worker's job to find you the help you need. You absolutely need to see a doctor. Any place that will sell you glucophage without a prescription is not reputable. Like SnowyLynne said, you can't even know if it is the right medication for you. After you get a prescription for a medication that will help you contact the drug company and ask for prescription assistance. If you have a local St. Vincent DePaul they will help get you medication you need until you are able to get prescription assistance. They do not offer ongoing support but they help you through the toughest times. If you can't find a doctor or clinic that will work with you go to an emergency room. It's an expensive choice but they usually will allow you to make payments on the bill. They can also put you in touch with a social worker.
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LanieG
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   Posted 5/4/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
You must find some professional medical help somehow.  Free clinics.  Any medical groups that will treat patients with no insurance.  You cannot self-medicate yourself by getting anything over the Web.  That's dangerous.  Snowy is right.  You have no idea what's in those things.  In the meantime, stay away from carbs as you say you're doing.  Don't eat pasta, potatoes, bread or rice.  Eat more protein and fresh vegetables and start some exercise like walking everyday.  All that will help the numbers to come down but you need a doctor.
Lanie
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise


Dead Man walking
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   Posted 5/4/2007 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Folks, and thanks again for all your help. As per your suggestions, I'll have to look into the free clinic idea. There is one that is about 30 minutes away. I would have to get on state medicaid to get them to help for free. I went to a doctor at one point a few months ago, but they wanted co-pays etc, until I got insurance or on medicaid (care whatever it is. LOL ). She wanted to put me on insulin and glucophage. So I know I need this stuff.

Yeah, some of these websites claim that I don't need a prescription for Glucophage. Their prices are pretty good. I've never had low sugar, even when my previous doctor had me on insulin and glucophage for a couple weeks, so I figured as long as I checked my BS, I would be OK. I have got to get these super high sugar levels down.

Part of the problem is that I eat a lot. Especially at night. And it's hard only eat protien and veggies.

I also don't understand the kinds of Fats that I am supposed to eat. Low trans fats? What the heck are they? LOL. Can I eat cheeses? Meats?

For the last few months, I have been drinking a low sugar protien shake in the morning, and drinking water. And those 2 gram Atkins bars. Which are both very expensive, even at Walmart. LOL

I also have Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion, I got in the early 80's, So maye that is playing into to all this.

Like I said earlier, I am screwed.

Thanks for all you help, please keep it coming, even if it is the same advice, it's still good to hear it over again from others. Who knows, one day I might be giving advice on here. I love chat fourms!

AMM
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   Posted 5/4/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Even with insurance I still have to pay a co-pay. Not to mention paying the premiums. Healthcare is definately not cheap. There are free clinics out there that are for those that are uninsured and not covered by medicaid. There are also some that base your co-pay on your income. Paying a co-pay based on your income is better than not getting healthcare. A lot of clinics may have some medication or samples on hand that they can give you for free. Some work in conjunction with certain pharmacies to be able to offer a discount if the prescription is filled at the pharmacy that works with them. Also some drugs are now $4 (generics) at Walmart. I am not sure what drugs are on this list, but it wouldn't hurt to look into this. Also relion (Walmart) brand syringes and insulin is usually cheaper. I would suggest you put out a little money to see a doctor and try to get help with the prescription rather than pay an unreputable place on the internet for medication. You may not even be getting the medication or dose you think you are getting from one of those places, not to mention credit card fraud and phishing. I am a volunteer diabetes patient advocate. There are ways to get help with the medication. It is just imperative that you see a doctor. I am new to being a patient advocate so I am just learning the ropes. I would, however, be glad to give you any information I can to help you get the proper medication. Please, please try to see a physician though.
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Marburg
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   Posted 5/4/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you live in the US? If you do, once you get a script you can get it filled at Walmart for $4.00 the generic for Glucophage is called Metformin.

http://i.walmart.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/genericdruglist.pdf

AMM
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   Posted 5/4/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Marburg. I was just looking that up. You beat me to it!
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Dead Man walking
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   Posted 5/4/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow!  4 Bucks, even I can afford that. LOL  Thanks for point that out.

Do you know of any other sugar lowering drugs that can be bought at Walmart, I'll try to pursuade a doctor to prescribe one to me.

Marburg said...
Do you live in the US? If you do, once you get a script you can get it filled at Walmart for $4.00 the generic for Glucophage is called Metformin.

http://i.walmart.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/genericdruglist.pdf

Dead Man walking
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   Posted 5/4/2007 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Katelyn,

I also want to work on the Trans fat question. Whats the quick "skinny" on what they are?

Marburg
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   Posted 5/4/2007 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
If you visit the Wal-mart website and click on pharmacy, look for generic drug list. There are a lot of meds on that list (listed by illness or condition) that are around $4.00/month. I should point out the program is not available in North Dakota.

Diabetes meds on their website: Chlorpropamide, Glimpride, Glipizide, Glyburide and Metformin


Unfortuantely Avandia and Avandmet are not on that list.

AMM
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   Posted 5/4/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
If you tell the doctor that money is an issue and you would like medications that are on the $4 list at Walmart he will probably prescribe them to you. If you go to pick them up and they are more expensive the pharmacist can call the doctor to ask for something cheaper to be prescribed.

As for the trans fats, most products list trans fats on the label. Alot of things are now using no trans fats. However, fats aren't the only thing you need to be watching. If you eat a bagful of no trans fat potato chips your bs is going to spike. That doesn't mean you can't have any. You should test between 1 1/2 to 2 hours after you eat to see what effect certain foods have on your sugar. That way you can modify your amounts to keep your sugar levels in check. You do need some carbs, but you have to be careful of them. I would try to fill up on things that are very low carb and eat a small amount of the carb. I know for me if I deny myself something I really want completely I will binge like mad. Better a small portion than a huge binge. I am not the best person to ask about the good fats and all. Still learning that bit. I do know nuts and olive oil are some good choices. Mozzarella is a lower fat cheese.
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Marburg
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   Posted 5/4/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
AMM,

You are so right about checking your bs after eating. Each person is affected differently by what they eat. For example, if I eat a small steak and a small baked potato (I know potatoes are a no-no but sometimes I crave them too much) my bs will peak at around 145 at 2 hours. However, if I eat a small steak and just a half ounce baked chips my bs will spike up over 200 at 2 hours. I found the best way to keep my bs in check is to eat complex carbs and protein. If I eat a bread or potato I have to eat a protien first. My biggest problem is that I want to snack at night.

As for the fats. There are some fairly decent low fat and no fat cheeses on the market. The texture is different and I find that off-putting but the taste (at least for some brands) have been pretty good. You have to watch out for the ones labled partially hydrogenated because they are just as bad or worse than eating a high fat serving.

Marburg
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   Posted 5/4/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Additionally about Wal-mart. The generics may be priced higher if you live in Colorado, California, Hawaii, MN, MT, PA, TN, WI or Wyoming due to state laws.

AMM
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   Posted 5/4/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I live in PA and they are $4. Not sure about the other states. It's only been recently that Pennsylvania got the $4 prescriptions though.  Let's hope the same is true for the other states.


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Post Edited (AMM) : 5/4/2007 11:48:09 AM (GMT-6)


Marburg
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   Posted 5/4/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Cool. In Texas you can opt to not use your insurance if their price is cheaper (which they are for me).
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