No insurance and almost out of my pain meds

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   Posted 12/28/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I am almost of my pain meds and have no insurance  so I can get more pain meds prescribed . Im on lortab will I go through withdrawls? I have some mscontin left over the last time I was on them but they are not going to last forever. What should I do? I appreciate any help. My pain dr dont prescribe pain meds over the phone  and I cant go and see him because no money for an office visit.
Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan , neurontin,zyrtec and soma.
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis ,Fibro,and arthritis

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   Posted 12/28/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am sorry this is happening to you and I can relate. I have basic insurance, but it only covers up to $500/year and I met that cap in just 2 months, so they no longer paid for any of my meds either. Luckily I still had some savings and I hadn't yet met my cap for doctor visits for the year. But what I did was research all the prescription assistance programs. I was on unemployment as well so my income was much less. What these programs usually do is give you contacts (and/or applications) for many drug companies. You apply with them and have to provide proof of your income and usually can't make more than a certain amount, though each drug company has different income limits and some have tiers where you might have to pay a small co-pay, depending on your income. I applied with Pfizer directly and also typed a hardship letter, mailed it in along with all my UE stubs, etc...and new scripts from my doctor. I was approved for their FREE program! So now I get my Lyrica for free, which was costing me over $200 per month before. And instead of taking Ultram ER (which has no generic and is expensive), my doc switched me to regular generic tramadol. I also switched one of my doses of Soma to generic, so now these 2 meds all together only cost me $30 per month, where before it was over $300. Then I already have a generic plaquenil script that i've taken for years, but that only costs about $45 every 3 months. So it's really worth it to apply for prescription assistance. But, you would have to get new prescriptions and mail them in to the drug company so you would have to see your doctor. Did you call their office and explain you have no insurance? They might be able to work with you or even just charge you what they usually get from insurance companies (which is wayyy less than their normal charges).

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   Posted 12/28/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you explained your situation to your doctor's office? I know my doc will see a patient for a quick 5 min. visit just to write meds at no charge as long as their account is otherwise current. It's not a permanent solution, but maybe it could buy you some time to look for either a free clinic or some kind of insurance.

If that doesn't work, perhaps your doc has a PA who can see you. PA's charge way less than doctors and maybe you could get on some kind of payment plan for $5 a week or some nominal amount. I know sometimes even $5 is too much to try & come up with but I will be praying for you that somehow you can work something out.


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   Posted 12/28/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
So many of us are close to being in the same boat with you. The advice you've had so far sounds great. Are you not eligible for any government insurance (Medicaid)? You've probably tried that already, but I thought I'd ask.


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   Posted 12/29/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Kara, go to PPARX.ORG thats a website devoted to helping people without insurance. Also make sure you go to the website of the manufacturing drug. More and more companies are getting onboard to help out people with no insurance. On the plus side at least you are on lortab, its not extremly expensive. I was taking Oxycontin & it was over $600 alone.... then add up lyrica, cymbalta, etc... Ask your dr for samples, let your dr know you are without insurance- so he can ask the pharm rep on their next visit for coupons, samples, etc. Also ask for a medication option for something similar with reducing the pain thats a cheaper option. I didn't have much luck with methadone, but a lot of people have had success. Its really cheap. There are other options. But I would advise to start looking into that website, I know Pfizer has help as well as the people who make Tylenol products. Good luck & hope this helps!!
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
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- Dr. Phil

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