Cheaper Medications!

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J.jill
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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
confused    My husband is currently using the Advair inhailer daily and has been for quite a few years now with a lot of success.  The big problem is our health insurance raised their co pays and now we can no longer afford his medicaions. He sees a pulmenologist and has asked him for cheaper generic medicaions but all he would suggest was to ask the pharmacist, who knew of nothing!!  Can any one suggest a different medication that they have had luck with or maybe have had luck with combining two or more medications that are generic and a lot less in price?  These would be just suggestions to ask his doctor about since he seems to come up with nothing that has been on the market for a while.  Any help will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks to you all!

Chartreux
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   Posted 9/17/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello J.jill nice to meet you. Sorry about the insurance situation, ours did that to me last year with Clairnex was going to cost over $100 a pill, told that to my Doctor and they gave me free samples to have. Ask your doctor if he has any free samples of the advair. The Doctor is the best one who might be able to help you in this situation. Do you qualify for the low cost medication programs offered at some pharmacies? Can you try to save up for this medication? The only other thing is for the Doctor to give you a different medications.
Hope this helps, I hate it when insurance can just play games with our lives like this, I've been there so your not alone.
Good luck and soft hugz, keep us posted okay........

Another Day
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   Posted 9/17/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Jill,
 
I don't think there is anything out there that takes the place of Advair.  I think we had this problem with my insurance with Advair in the beginning or it may have been another medication.   If you have a doctor that will work with you and give you samples of Advair, while writing you a prescription for something else which you will need to get filled,  then your doctor can document that the other medication did not work and that you have to have Advair.  This just depends on how well you know your doctor.  My allergist who treats my asthma is always willing to go to bat for me.
 
Good luck!
 
Carla

 Epilepsy, asthma, GERD, depression, hypothyroidism


schbeebs
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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Jill, here are 2 things that may help, if you go to advair.com you can get a coupon for a free inhaler. Or you can change to taking Flovent and Serevent those are the 2 medications that combine to make advair. You could also call our insurance to find out what is formulary on your insurance plan. One more thing, if the pharmacist didn't have anything to suggest (and no i don't know the complete circumstances) you might want to find a new pharmacy, I am a pharmacy tech and even I know that Flovent + Serevent = Advair. Hope this helps.
"Evil will always triumph because good is dumb"


J.jill
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   Posted 9/18/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
     Thank you all for your help.  I am not sure what we can do.  We do not quailfy for any type of assistance and I am on other types of medications as well, but they don't cost near as much as my husbands Advair. 
     He was originally on Flovent and Seravent (sorry about spelling) and then was put on the Advair, but this was by a different doctor.  The new one just seems to be too busy to do anything for him in the way of helping him find something else, that is why he told us to ask the Pharmasist!!  And the doctor is "always" out of the samples!!  Here is the problem...this doctor is the very best in our city, just over worked!  It's not only the Advair that is the problem, all of our co-pays were raised and he is on several other types as well and they all went up in price. I would say his meds can be upwards to $400.00 a month now when they were only $120.00!!   He is already skimping on the Advair and only using it once a day to make it stretch two months, and I can tell!!  I just can not get over what our health insurance did to us and the other employees!!  What is worse, there is no one we can complain to!
    Thanks again for all of your help and I am going to suggest he go back to his old meds.!!

Chartreux
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   Posted 9/18/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I had better advise for you, but you know what to do and that is to go back to the old medications for now and maybe later, in the future the insurance company will lower its rate on advair. Until then take care and good luck, keep us posted. I had insurance do that to me to but lucky for me the doctor had free samples, otherwise I'd not have had my medication. The insurance companies need to start justifing these expenses to us! Sorry you have to go thru this, you have my empathy.............

ceebee
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   Posted 9/18/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi:)

Walmart advertises it sells many meds for $4 for a months prescription. Could advair be one? Call and ask. Also, go to the advair web site and email them you need advair and your situation. Some drug companies will give meds to you free. I also take advair and in opinion it is overpriced. I think mine is almost $400 a month. It does work better than anything else for me so I will continue to use it. It doesn't matter if your doctor is the best in town if he doesn't have time to help you. That makes him the WORST doctor for you. Change doctors to one who has compassion for your health and needs and dump the old one FAST. Take care.

Another Day
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   Posted 9/19/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Check out this link.  It is a link to GlaxoSmithKline, the company that makes Advair.  They offer help to people who can not afford their medication.  I have also seen them advertise this on tv.  I think in your situation, it is definitely worth a try.  Let me know if it works for you.
 
 
 
Take care!
 
Carla
 
 

 Epilepsy, asthma, GERD, depression, hypothyroidism


SnowyLynne
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   Posted 9/20/2007 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Check out the WalMart site they have a list of 4.00 meds.you can get.Talk to your Dr.tell him you can't afford the Advair to replace it with something else............
SnowyLynne

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