Medication Costs - Without Insurance

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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 7/29/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
As some of you know, I was laid off early this month. Just contacted the pharmacy to determine if the costs of all meds was equal to or greater than the cost of cobra insurance. It's very close. I am quiet dumfounded on the price of medications. I even went up on Walmart's site to see if any were listed on their $4.00 plan... only Prednisone. (So, anyone out there taking Prednisone without insurance: Go to Walmart for that!)

Got some serious calculating and decisions to make now. Thought I would share since it blew my hair back. :) Oh, if any of you know of other means to get meds at discounted prices, by all means SHOUT IT OUT! Don't think I am eligible for Medicare/Medicade (whichever it is that I would apply for due to my retirement fund and I refuse to give up my retirement savings - we all will need it since Social Security states that these funds will not be there by my retirement time. Too darn bad Bush vetoed us getting access to our funds. I would have rolled that up in IRA CD!!

Hope all is well with you wonderful peeps. Haven't been up here much due to unemployment-related depression. Kinda keeping to myself and getting resumes out.

Think tomorrow I will shake it off by hauling my horse out for an early ride... here in Tejas, it's been 100+ every day!

K. Enough rambling. Take care.


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   Posted 7/29/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Many drug companies offer financial assistence you need to contact the manufacturer of each drug and apply.
By the way CVS sells prednisone for 3.97 cents per month.

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   Posted 7/29/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
You could also talk with your doctor, when I lost my insurance for a brief period, I explained to my doc and he loaded me up with all the samples he could of my medications. Of course I have an exceptional doc. Sorry about the heat, I grew up in Texas and sympathize.

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   Posted 7/29/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   

As you probably know, medications available in generics are generally quite a bit cheaper than those that aren't available as generics.  Here's a brief rundown of some popular Crohn's meds and their relative costs:

Remicade, Humira, etc: very expensive ($ thousands per month)

Entocort: very expensive ($ hundreds per month)

Pentasa, Asacol, etc: very expensive ($ hundreds per month)

Azathioprine, 6-mp:  Cheap, if you get the generic ($ tens per month)

Prednisone: Cheap ($ tens per month)

Given how much Pentasa and Asacol cost, and given the debate about whether they're even very effective in Crohn's, I personally wouldn't take them if I had to pay full price for them.

In fact, if you have to pay for your own meds, I would recommend azathioprine or 6-mp, with prednisone if needed to start with, since azathioprine or 6-mp take a while to work.  That would be a cheap and generally effective way to go.

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   Posted 7/29/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
There is no generic 6MP in Canada. It's about $2/pill per 50mg pill here.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 10mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

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   Posted 7/29/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
as sjkly mentioned you should look into assistance from the drug company that manufactures your medicine. I get assistance with my remicade and lialda. It helps so much as i don't have insurance either. And i'm with ya on the heat....i'm in texas's sizzlin!
28 yr old female, diagnosed with crohn's colitis with stricture of the colon april 2007, first fistula- october 07 :(  
joint pain and swelling
current medications:  Imuran 50 MG, Lialda 1.2g, tramadol 50mg when needed, remicade every 8wks

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   Posted 7/30/2008 2:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Ask your doctor about clinical trials. Free meds ftw! lots of paperwork, though.

oh! and sometimes theres a cash reward at the end. they pay you to stay alive!
20, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

(not really)

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   Posted 7/30/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
What is "ftw"?

Texan, I would go with Cobra if there is anyway you can swing it. If you have to have tests or be hospitalized you will be covered. Preventing the lapse in your insurance will keep you from being labled with a pre-existing condition as well. If your meds are almost as much as cobra go with cobra!
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 7/30/2008 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Medicare is for people over 65 and some under who are disabled....I'm pretty sure that has nothing to do with your retirement. So, you must be under 65. :) I hope that you were able to get a ride in today!

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 7/30/2008 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to you all for responding. :-) Yesterday was a busy one and it looks like today will be no different. Too busy to ride. :( Will be calling the Cobra peeps today.

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   Posted 7/30/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
ftw = For The Win. sorry, sometimes i get so caught up in typing that i forget not everyone speaks in acronyms lol
20, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

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