Is it worth the money?

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   Posted 6/29/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I hit the donut hole as far as my drug coverage.
Yesterday, the drug store bill was $600 .
That was for only 2 of the meds I'm on.
I can't even think about the total cost for all of them.
Is it worth it?  I am really wondering if they help.
I wish I could go off everything and start over.
I try and think positive, but I struggle with this life being worth it.

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   Posted 6/29/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Im sorry that the meds are so expensive I know that some of the ones I need are pretty expensive too. Have you tried getting prescription help from some of the makers of your meds. We all have our really bad days where we feel like giving up but then there are the days that make the struggle worth it. Just take one day at a time and dont let the fibro win. You have fibro it doesnt have you ok.
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   Posted 6/29/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there anything you can change? Maybe research generics that might do pretty much the same thing as the expensive stuff? For example: I'm taking gabapentin instead of Lyrica. I was nearly going to hit "the hole" with just one cancer med, but didn't tolerate it, so now am taking nothing for that - which is not what I would recommend! I'm still searching for a pain med that I tolerate and that works and is not horribly addicting.

At least you will get the $250 back, but I well understand it's a drop in the bucket!

I was considering going to overseas sellers, will do it if I have to take something I can't afford. I'm not saying it's safe, but our drug ingredients are mostly coming from there.

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   Posted 6/29/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   

You need to sit down with your doctor and discuss this.  My doctor knows I want generics so he gives me things that are close to the new meds OR he gives me the generics. 

If these meds are for fibro, read back posts and Fibro 101 and see if there are suggestions from members as to other things to try.  I don't take any of the "high power" drugs for my pain.  I use gentle exercise, gentle massages and supplements along with over the counter pain killers and this has helped me.  I'm not pain-free but I have the pain under control and can live my life.  I know we are all different but it seems that doctors are always trying to push prescriptions at us and we snap them up.  My doctor wanted me to take Lyrica or Savella and I turned him down.  My regimen is working for me.

If I had cancer or some life-threatening illness, then I would take exactly what the doctor/specialist prescribed but since they don't even know what causes fibro, it's more of a guessing game as to what will work for you.  What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another.  Only you can tell if the medication you are taking is giving your your money's worth.  I do know that I would not order drugs off the Internet.  That's my opinion. 


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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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   Posted 6/29/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been dealing with fibro for over 20 years and along the way, have compiled a list of medications trying desperately just to feel good. I am not sure what happened, but I suddenly "woke up" recently and decided enough! There are side effects to every prescription medication and I'm just sick of it. So, with the HELP OF MY DOCTOR, I am beginning to wean off of some of the meds. One of them is my sleeping pill, Ambien which I've been on for years. I began weaning two weeks ago and as of last night, I'm off it! Needles to say, I had a horrible night's sleep, lol. I was also taking Flexeril in combination with the that too! and yes, pretty darn proud of myself! Not an easy thing to do but for me, I realize enough is enough. I am going to begin melatonin and hope that helps reset my sleep cycle. It is cheap and natural.
My best to you

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