antidepressant meds dont have to be expensive

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harry4
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   Posted 2/27/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
 
if you can find an antidepressant med that works for you, it will help a lot to reduce or stop panic attacks and anxiety
but some of these meds are very expensive
 
in australia, several leading psychiatrists now prescribe generic prozac as their antidepressant of first choice
they say its proven to be safe, having been used all round the world for a long time
a few highly promoted new antidepressants are quietly taken off the market after problems become apparent during the first year nono

also there isnt any conclusive proof that the new antidepressants work any better
doctors sadly are mostly influenced by drug company advertising and so prescribe the newest and therefore most expensive antidepressant meds, you are entitled to ask for a cheaper one
 
also if you are short of money, always tell the doc, dont be too proud. docs will often give you very cheap or free meds, such as sample packs

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   Posted 2/27/2007 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I have gotten may samples from my doctors. I take two anti-depressants and there is generic of both, saves lots of money.

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   Posted 2/27/2007 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Harry once again for the input
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   Posted 9/22/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
This is for new and old members as well

Info is important IMO
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   Posted 9/22/2007 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
i know my doctor gave me some samples of zyprexa and that helped me alot, and i went from using lexapro to its generic citalopram which is $4 v/s $93 i just hope they are the same, i like lexapro but i can't afford it right now, i love how walmart has $4 meds now it save alot of people especailly the elderly

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 9/23/2007 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't know that a generic version of Lexapro was available!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
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   Posted 9/23/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
machelle said...
i know my doctor gave me some samples of zyprexa and that helped me alot, and i went from using lexapro to its generic citalopram which is $4 v/s $93 i just hope they are the same, i like lexapro but i can't afford it right now, i love how walmart has $4 meds now it save alot of people especailly the elderly

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Wal-Mart almost killed my grandmother twice by giving her the wrong pills inside the right bottles once, and mislabeling a bottle another time. There's no telling what kinds of costs they're cutting to get down to that $4 mark.

Luckily she's a sharp old lady, that's all that I can say.
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 9/24/2007 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad your Grandmother caught the mistakes made by Walmart. That is crazy!!!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
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   Posted 9/25/2007 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I live in the UK and we have the National Health Service, so to get a prescription here would cost £6.75 per item. If you are recieving benefits, prescriptions are free....how does it work in the States?
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 9/25/2007 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Chowch...it is pretty much the same thing here...but I am unaware of anyone else's experience...with me, I found the benefits are super hard to get. For example, I am not eligable eventhough I do not work because of John's income...he makes good money, and for reasons I think are STUPID...they count his income. Just because he lives here with us, doesn't mean his money should be taken count. I tried to get reduced lunch for my son, cuz $2.25 a day adds up...NOPE...John makes to much money. Medicaid...our health care...NOPE...Any assistance...NOPE.

Well, that is my experience anyway...I am sure many others have had great experiences, as it is a great program who helps many people. Just not me.

I guess that turned out to be a vent, huh? LOL.
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   Posted 9/25/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Great sharing and Tammy is right, here it is not easy to get the low price medications but some have found a way. 

Celexa (Citalopram) and Lexapro are 2 different drugs.  Celexa is the older of the two and is available in generic, Lexapro has no generic yet that I am aware of. :(

Lexapro is reported to have a few advantages over its predecessor, Celexa.

I believe that both are good drugs and as always meds work different for each person.

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   Posted 9/26/2007 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
At my walmart, I found out that only certain doses of the generic Celexa are on the $4 list. I was prescribed 10mg and only the 20 and 30 mg pills were on the $4 list. That one seemed odd to me... wouldn't LESS medication be cheaper than MORE???
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