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   Posted 12/9/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm almost out of Welchol and my prescription has expired, so I called my Dr's office yesterday to get it refilled, and after playing phone tag back and forth with them today, it turns out that the group my doctor belongs to won't let her refill my yearly prescription without coming in to see her.
I'm not sick.  There's nothing wrong with me, other than I need my Welchol (which I've been on successfully for 4.5 years) renewed so I won't have daily diarrhea.  Such a small thing, one slip of paper renewing my prescription for a year.  Wouldn't take the doctor a minute to write it out and another couple of minutes for someone in the office to fax or call it in to the pharmacy.
$75 and change for that.  That's with all applicable discounts (it's $115 before discounting).  Which really sucks because I'm laid off, have no insurance, have no job prospects (I was in commercial real estate, after all), and the prescription is $80 something to get filled.  (My unemployment is $249/wk here.)  Oh, and 'tis the season to shop for Christmas. 
Argh.  It's so aggrevating to know excatly what you need and to not be able to get it.  I mean, it's not like I'm trying to get opiate pain meds.  I can just see me on some street corner in the bad part of town, "I need some Welchol, man."  "What?"  "Welchol, Welchol!  It's cholesterol medicine.  Can you get me any or not?  I've got to have it!  Wait... I need to go up here to McDonald's to the bathroom.  I'll be back in a few." 
I'm going to try the Minute Clinic at Walgreen's tomorrow and see if it's within their scope to write this kind of prescription.  If so, then it's only $25 to see the NP there.  I can stomach that in return for a year's prescription. 
Man, I'm longing for the days when it was 30 pounds to see a doctor in Ireland, and that included any bloodwork done.  I about fell out in the floor when they told me that.  Makes me long for national healthcare. 
If anyone has any ideas for getting this prescription refilled on the cheap, I'm all ears.  I already take calcium and watch what I eat, and it's still not enough to control the D.  Although, I've been trying to lose some weight; I lost quite a bit when I was sick with my GB.  Maybe I shouldn't try and get my prescription refilled and I should lose the weight through a combination of D and not eating so I don't have D.  Road trips would be difficult, though. 

Jamie lee
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 12/9/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
cant you go to a citizens advice help am from uk am not sure i hope you get well soon i really do this ibs i sucks

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   Posted 12/9/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear this Keri, check out the canadian online pharmacy and see if you can get it cheaper there.

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   Posted 12/10/2008 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Keri, Have you tried any Probiotics? non prescription in the health food stores... Get one with 10 on the front.....I was having D for over a year, and went to a new GI dr...She gave me some probiotic called PerQue Digesta Guard....She told me to start out with 2 in the morning and 2 at night for a few weeks. The D stopped after three days. Now I take 2 every morning and it has changed my life. NO MORE D....NO rushing to the bathroom. It is not a drug. It is friendly bacteria.. I also had a colonscopy, and it was I am feeling so much better. You might try some probiotic....It is the same as in some yogurt like Activia, but my doctor said that is not nearly enough to get your gut calmed down. Good luck. D ( I usually post on another site for my husband....I just happened to look at this site....(that is why you see this signature at the bottom...It is my husband's)
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seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu
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   Posted 12/10/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have been on probiotics, and take them to counter antibiotics when I'm on those, but they don't help past that. My diarrhea is caused by too much bile in the intestinal tract and probiotics don't do anything to stop that. The Welchol specifically soaks up bile.

The only non-medicine I've found that works is a very low-fat diet, but then that caused me to have severe constipation, so it wasn't a good solution. I never did find a middle ground!
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