I have a med problem. My mental health Doc has prescribed Klonopin (a benzodiazepine) for 10 years for my anxiety. My pain management doc has prescribed Nucynta an opioid narcotic for almost 2 years because after 20 years of running and daily prednisone I have no cartilage in my right knee/bursitis in hip.
A recent guideline suggests that patients not take an opioid and benzodiazepine at the same time due to the possibility of shallow breathing so my insurance denied my Nucynta last month.
I wasn't Jonesin' for my opioid, but the pain sucked. I can't take NSAIDS because of a stomach ulcer history.
After many calls to insurance, pharmacies, and docs, I dove into an anxiety-depression induced crying jag so St. Hubby took me to mental health yesterday.
FINALLY MY POINT: Doc said the insurance companies don't follow these more obscure guidelines to save lives. They search for guidelines like these to avoid paying for meds. Nucynta costs $800.
SOLUTION: Klonopin is cheap so my Doc gave me a written script for it that I will pay cash for at a pharmacy my insurance doesn't cover. Therefore my insurance company will not know that I am taking Klonopin just as I have for 10 years.
I thank God that Medicare pays $37,000 to my hospital every month for my 2 monthly infusions. Love, Butterflake
SLE '05, Sjogren's, Fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency), Hypertension, Osteoporosis, CNS problems, GERD, angina, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry