I have low income need help with prescriptions. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Sometimes, not always, it's less expensive to buy a smaller mg. and double it-or vice versa. The only way to tell is to "shop" for the drug on the net and then tell your druggist about what you've discovered. If he/she won't agree to call the doctor to get a prescription to change your current prescription to what you're requesting, and they don't have a good explanation as to why they won't do it (or if they're "too busy"), it's time to change druggists. If the doctor won't agree, talk to him, tell him/her about your financial problems, if he/she won't help, it's time to change either or both! Most druggists don't want to lose a "valuable" costumer and will agree to help out. Personally I haven't run into that problem of them denying my request without a good reason. However, I did get the tip to do this from another druggist at a different drugstore, not the one that I always use. I guess it just goes to show, if you don't ask, they won't offer. Good luck-I know how difficult it can be.
I will try this once again, for some reason my reply attempts to this request haven't been posting.
Look under the budget category on 2-16-04 for an entry titled "Need Help With Expenses and Prescriptions". Another lady had a similar request and received some good replies that may apply to you as well.
Here's the article Tawnda was referring to:
Need Help with Expenses and Prescriptions
I am trying to find someone or organization to help me with any free items to help me. My husband passed 3 years ago. I am disabled and my medication costs me 100%. Medicare pays 80% for dr. care (thank God). I just don't have enough to meet my common needs. I know there are others worst off.
Keep us posted if you continue to have trouble posting.
I, too, have low income. I saw in my drs. office a notice that drug companies will give you a drug card to buy their brand of medication and it is only a few dollars co-pay. You could locate the drug company telephone numbers by calling 800 information. You do have to meet their income criteria which I did and they sent me a drug card shortly after I filled out the application.
Some pharmaceutical companies actually provide FREE prescription drugs. Some have income requirements and some don't. Go to www.phrma.org for a list of programs. You contact the maunfacturer of the drug, tell them your circumstances, and ask them about the requirements. What usually happens is that you have to take a form to your doctor to sign. The doctor signs it and usually in 2-3 weeks you get the drugs which are sent to the doctor, not you. Hope this helps you. God Bless.
Merck-Medco is one company that will provide you with FREE medication. Just contact them, get the form and fill it out with your doctor.
You may also be able to have the prescription issued for double the strength, and then cut the pills in half. This way, you get twice as many doses from the same bottle of medicine. DON'T ASSUME THAT THIS CAN BE DONE WITH YOUR SPECIFIC MEDICINE! You must ask your doctor! And rather than using a kitchen knife, it's worth the $5 or so to purchase a pill splitter so that the halves are exactly the same size. My mom gets her cholesterol medicine this way, and it costs her half as much as usual!
I NEED HELP FINDING HELP PAYING FOR TOPAMAX, A VERY EXPENSIVE MIGRAINE PREVENTION MEDICATION THAT I CANT AFFORD. I WORK FOR WALMART PART TIME IVE TRIED TO GET ON FULL TIME BUT THEY KEEP TELLING ME NO. THATS THE ONLY REASON I WENT TO WORK FOR THEM IS BECAUSE I BELEIVED THE BENEFITS WERE SO GOOD, BUT NO ONE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO GET ON FULL TIME UNLESS THEY HAVE INSIDE PULL.
I ALSO NEED HELP WITH A COUPLE OTHER MEDICATIONS BUT TOPAMAX IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. THANK YOU
Editor's Note: This may help. Topamax is made by Ortho McNeil, they have a patient assistance program:
Get generic prescriptions whenever possible. Then go to Walmart - I understand that they have something like $10 deals on generics. I also did not have prescription coverage at one point and got drugs through the drug assistance program with the help of my MD. You can also try local clinics - they often have free drugs on hand....And be frank with your MD about your situation and ask for samples and whatever help he/she can give you here. MDs often don't consider cost in prescribing unless you remind them of it....
I'm just writing to wish you luck with getting help with the Topamax.
My daughter takes it for Migraines also. She stopped taking it at one time because the side effects are horrific. After trying something else
that didn't work she went back on Topmax. She rode it out and it
was worth it. Shes back at work now. Good luck.. and if you get the side effects.. talk to your Dr. She wishes she hadn't stopped taking it
the 1st time.. it would have saved 3-4 months time.. and time off work.
I would recommend to try using a discount drug card. Although these are usually for people without insurance, it can sometimes be cheaper to use the card than your regular copay. A google search for 'discount drug card' will bring up dozens of different programs.
Here's a few free ones that I'd recommend:
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