I've been on the Iron prescription FERROUS SULFATE for 6 months now. My iron is still low. So my GI gave me an Rx for TANDEM, a brand name prescription iron drug. Let me put this into simple context:
FERROUS SULFATE = $3.59/month
TANDEM = $40/month
Which one would you rather be on?!
But what I'm really wanting to know is who here is taking a PREscriptION Iron pill and what is it's name? How much do you pay for it? Does anyone know if some prescription Iron pills are more "potent" than the next? I asked my GI that about Tandem and instead of answering my question, he simply said with Tandem I only had to take 1 pill a day whereas with the Ferrous Sulfate I have to take 2 pills a day. Ummmm...yeah....but there's like a $36/month difference in cost. If Tandem isn't going to make my iron levels any HIGHER than Ferrous Sulfate, why the heck would I spend that much more money for nothing?!
I WAS a bit frustrated when I left my GI the other day...he tried putting me on ANOTHER brand new, brand name medication besides Tandem just for the purpose of me not having to take so many pills a day...but I didn't believe that. I'm a horribly skeptical person! When a doctor tries to put me on a "new drug" for no other purpose than to cut down on the amount of pills I have to take a day then all I can think about
is the pretty drug rep who offered him a round of golf somewhere or a trip if he would JUST hand out her prescript
ion drug samples... SHAME ON ME!
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Nexium (generic), Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills, Chromium Picolinate
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date