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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 10/19/2007 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so I finally got the information about the drug Mom is on.
 
It is Glipizide 5 mg 2 times daily...but he requested she only take a half pill each time, making it 2.5 mg 2 times daily.
 
Glipizide is the generic of Glucotrol.
 
I am going to look up this drug and see what I can find on it.
 
He also suggested she check her blood sugar multiple times throughout the day...do you know those testing strips are expensive...and her insurance won't cover them.  Anyone know how to get those cheaper?  She has the one touch mini, and it is like a hundred bucks for a hundred strips.  Considering she is on so many other meds, and only Dad is working, she is too ill, a hundred bucks for these strips is just out of control.
 
Thanks for listening, and thanks for the help.
 
If anyone is on or knows anything about this drug, I appriciate the info.
 
Thanks all.
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gelchick
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   Posted 10/19/2007 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   

I used to take Glipizide  5 mg 1x/day. It's a sulfonylurea. That means that it is a pancreas stimulator. It causes more insulin to be made by the pancreas. This class of drug can cause lows if enough carbs are not eaten. That's probably why the doc wants your mom to split the pill. She's on the lowest dose available. It would be a good idea to test often while she's getting used to it- and make sure she has the sugar gel available in case she goes too low.

I use the One Touch meters- they are very accurate. My insurance doesn't cover lancets or strips- but I still test a lot- WalMart makes a tester. It's called Relion ( house brand) the strips about 50 cents each. They also make lancets- I think I pay 4.95 for 200. I have heard good things about the meter.

AmericanDiabetesWholesale has reasonable prices for strips and runs sales. I'd be careful about buying anything on eBAY though- I have read stories about folks getting outdated strips for their $$$ and most meters will throw an error if you try to use an old strip.

 

Good luck with your mom

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 10/19/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Sandy!

Thank you so much for the answer. You were very detailed, and I like that. I printed this, actually, that way my parents can see what others are saying! I totally appriciate you giving me the information!

Thanks...

Tammy
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Best Wishes to ALL...
 
~Tammy~


andrew1948
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   Posted 10/19/2007 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
There are insuracnce companies that will pay for the strips..There are even compaines that will pay your claim if you are on alternative medicine that has no side effects...U=You need to research what is avaialble....Good luck!!

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 10/19/2007 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Andrew.

Unfortunetly, their insurance company will not pay...they are talking to the home health care nursing facility that comes to my parent's home and flushes out Mom's port and checks on her every month. Maybe they willl help. Who knows.

Thanks for the advice here!
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Please contribute today to keep healingwell going!
 
Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Attacks.
 
Almost completely healed from a battle with Agoraphobia!!!
 
Currently taking 20 mg of Lexapro at bedtime.
 
Clickable Link that may be of interest to some...as I find I often like to check drug interactions...Drug Interactions
 
Best Wishes to ALL...
 
~Tammy~

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