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snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 7/6/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all... Since I lost my job, I have no insurance.
So I am paying cash for my meds.
I currently take 60 mg of ms cottin 2x a day and 2 hydrocodone a day. These currently run me $112 per month at walgreens.
I need these changed up as they are not working like they use to .... Been on for 2years.

Does anyone else pay cash? What do you take and how much is it?
I am seeing the dr tomorrow so I would really like to know.
Thanks!
Donna
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sjkly
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   Posted 7/6/2011 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
The generic version of  Tramadol is cheap.  I pick up 90 of them at the same pharmasy I use for myself for 35.00 or so (for the dog-I have no idea what my script costs cause of the insurance).
 
Most meds that are older, available in generic are going to cost less than anything newer or that is a media darling/demon.

snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been able to swing this 112 each month, so just wondering, if he offers other options, how can I find out prices b4 I go? I don't wanna agree to something I can't afford.... Ya know?
Donna
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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Sam's club Pharmacy...(you do NOT have to be a member to use the Pharmacy)...

I get all generic:

60 pills of 30mg MSContin (one every 12 hours)
60 pills of 15mg MSContin (one or two added daily)
240 pills of 5mg OxyIR (up to 8 a day if needed for pain)

That totals $101 a month..

So..I would recommend calling around to Sam's or Costco, Target and Walmart's....those are usually the cheapest places for the exact same medicines...
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   Posted 7/6/2011 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi~

One solution to the cost of medication is often the company who makes them. They might not do it for narcotic pain medications but often some of the newer and more expensive ones will be offered at a reduced rate or free if you qualify.

If you need to have the strength of your pills in creased the cost might not go up though. I don't know what the cost of most drugs are\ but for ms contin that's not bad. I agree that checking with Costco or Sams club would likely be your best option.

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Dagger
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   Posted 7/7/2011 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
sjkly, you might want to shop around for the tramadol. I can get 60/month for $2.00 at the local grocery store. Tramadol isn't always on the online cheap prescription lists but you can ask the pharmacy.

CRPSpatient
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   Posted 7/7/2011 3:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 'lucky' in a way because over here I qualified for the Disability Support Pension, which gets me most of my prescriptions filled for $5.60 each. There is only one drug (my Topamax) that doesn't qualify for that scheme; that one costs me $100/month.

Without the DSP, I simply wouldn't be able to afford my meds - as it is, all together they cost about $140/month. Without discount I'd be looking at about $340/month.

I'm super glad too that due to a hospital admin error, I accidentally ended up with an enormous supply of Zofran (my anti-nausea med). I haven't had to buy any for quite some time, but when I do, that on a bad day works out at about $20-30 per DAY.

Am I allowed to have a bit of a rant about accessible health care? I'm probably better off than many and it's still a struggle for me sometimes. I feel for the people who've no insurance, no access to good doctors or the hospital treatment they need, and it's just not right :(
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vestabula
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   Posted 7/7/2011 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Our moderator on the fibro forum posted this site awhile back....many without insurance have gotten help with their Rx's by using this.
 
 
Donna

snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 7/7/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Snobunny

Do I just call up the different pharmacies and say 'what do you charge for blank?'
Donna
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snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 7/7/2011 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Holy crap!!!
Just talked to walgreens, their CASH price for 60- 60mg oxycotin is $559 bucks! How in the world can someone afford to pay that?
Donna
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 7/7/2011 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   

 

         Are you taking Oxycontin or MS Contin? My cost out of pocket for 60ct #20 Oxycontin is $251 and $35 with Ins.

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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 7/7/2011 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh..Snobrdgrl...I thought you are on MSContin? That's why I posted my prices for the generics without insurance...

I'm sure as you know Oxycontin does not have a generic anymore with the patent running out...and with the new formula there won't be one for awhile....so it is still extremely expensive...

That is why I switched from Oxycontin to MSContin after I lost insurance after my divorce...
 
What are you prescribed by your Dr.? Yes, I would call up the different Pharmacies and say "I am prescribed 60 MSContin a month (and say the mg), and say you do not currently have insurance and what is the price for this in generic?"

snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 7/7/2011 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I am on ms cotin, but the dr asked me about the oxy... That's why I was trying to figure out the price. Are there any other options that are not more than say $150 cash? He stated we will talk further at my apt today.
Sorry for the confusion.
I just want to be ready for when we talk. Glad I didn't agree to that oxy before knowing the actual price!
Donna
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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 7/7/2011 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Methadone and MSContin are the cheapest long acting medicines out there...As you can see by my cost...that is for 3 different prescriptions which is right around $100...

And if you only need 60 pills a month of the MSContin and 60 pills of Hydrocodone a day...it should be much less than $100....at least at Sam's club or Walmart...

Most of the time...a drugstore or grocery store will be higher in price than Target or Walmart...or Costco or Sam's....and again...you do NOT have to be a member to use the Pharmacies at the big box stores...
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