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   Posted 4/26/2010 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Rx was over $200 today.
Anyone know of a less expensive alternative to Oxycontin? The Lortab is affordable, but desparately need both. Thanks.

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   Posted 4/26/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried shopping around? Some pharmacies are cheaper then others (example Wal-Mart vs Rite Aid) or signing up for the discount card that a lot of pharmacies are offering now?

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   Posted 4/26/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any insurance and had to switch off of Oxycontin...since even with a discount, it was way over anything I could afford...So I now take MSContin which is very cheap...with OxyIR for breakthrough..both are generics and work very well together for me...

There is also Methadone which is very inexpensive as well...Until they put out a generic again for the Oxycontin, it's going to stay on the high price:(

Good luck..
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   Posted 4/26/2010 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
When you visit your doctor next time, tell him/her how much this medicine is
costing you and that you wonder if something else might be prescribe that you can afford,
this is what your doctor should be able to help you with...
Good luck to you and keep us posted as to how it goes..
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   Posted 4/26/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Chartreux has a really good suggestion that may work best for you. I think the Dr's are starting to understand that patients can't afford the meds. They have been more willing to give something else if you ask...partly because they need you as a patient too.

I have found the Dr's to be most receptive when I took in a copy of my insurance co-pay book for the pharmacy or a list of meds suggested by the pharmacist that were close to what was given and much less expensive. It didn't give the appearance of drug seeking, but of being an advocate for less expensive meds that have the same or similar functions. Be prepared, however, to give them a copy of what you bring in because they often take my note for the file.

Good luck!
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deb in indiana
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   Posted 4/26/2010 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have very good insurance but go on Medcare May 1st my meds for last year was 29 thousand dollars so boy i have to do a big adjustment with my meds .But i told my pain doctor about going on medcare and she came back with 2 sacks free samples i just cried she said i gave you what i have that you take iam trying to save you some money she said .That was nice Deb

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   Posted 4/27/2010 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well. I don't have any Rx insurance and have had to use a lot of the resources listed in the CP101 topic thread at the top of the page (there's a lot of other good info there, too). There are discount cards you can use even with insurance in some cases, and if your income is low enough, you may be eligible for one of the pharmaceutical company's programs. I get many of my meds from the pharmaceutical companies at no cost right now because my income it in the pits, but I'm not yet eligible for Medicaid. But for generics I have to private pay and like Snowbunny mentioned it is worth it to call around and check out prices.

There is a tool at the site that lets you put in your zip code and the medication and tells you what all the pharmacies in your area charge. Plus there's a free, easy discount card you can print out. And that's only one of several sites. They're worth a try, but it's true depending on your circumstances and insurance you may have to work with your doctor for a less expensive medication.

I hope you can find something to make it easier on you.

Again, welcome. And feel free to tell us more about yourself if you want.


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   Posted 4/27/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Eeegads is right!  I was just dx with shingles and the doctor wrote two .09 ounce tube of an antiviral cream was $217. (that's half the size of my little finger)  I told the pharmacist I couldn't afford it and she researched her data base and found a generic gel that was only $67.  Off course, they didn't have any in stock so it is being the mean time I'm using OTC Abreva for the blisters.  Doctors have nooooooo clue.  I told my dermatologist that I didn't have health/prescription insurance and we were on a fixed income.  I guess $217 for one prescription isn't expensive in his world.  I find pharmacists are more willing to help you find a drug you can afford then most doctors...maybe he/she can suggest an alternative.


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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/27/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much guys. You are wonderful!
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