Saturday, November 19, 2011

Health Report Update: Sanity May Be Cost Prohibitive

I've been dreading this, but with the scarcity of work and our ever-precarious financial situation being what it is, I'm not sure I can justify staying on Lexapro without any insurance. It costs $120 a month for the pills, and that's not actually including the blood pressure medication I'm already on. I feel like it's wrong of me to stay on my anti-anxiety medicine when we're talking about which days we'll be able to eat and still make our rent. This is a very depressing situation to be in, I don't mind telling you.


Fuck.

Life without insurance is difficult.

I don't want to be the short-fused monster I was before Lexapro, especially heading into winter, which is already filling me with dread. Wish me luck.

11 comments:

J Mello said...

Sorry to hear that, sir. I know of precarious financial situations, we seem to always been flirting with it, as well. Take care & be strong. Maybe talk to your doc or pharmacist and see if there are any plans to help people. Can't hurt to ask, won't be any worse of if there is nothing, but might find something to help out.

Autumn said...

Have you looked into a generic brand version of Lexapro? It may be cheaper and allow you to scrape by. I'm sorry for your troubles financial and otherwise. I just came off a year and a half of unemployment so I understand what it can be like to actually just not have enough money to be able to eat. I'm lucky I had a supportive significant other to help me get by or I'm not sure where I'd be now.

Keep your chin up, and just keep swimming, you'll figure it out.

Daskaea said...

Autumn, tragically there is no generic of Lexapro. The patent does not run out until 2012. There may be generic Lexapro available in other countries, but there is really no way of knowing if you are getting genuine Lexapro or not.
Also, it is extremely difficult to switch to a different depression med that may be cheaper but the side effects of mental health meds are some of the most severe. Lexapro is one of the least side effect causing drugs available.

Aaron, I still think you two should come to North Dakota because of the job abundance, but I know that relocating is very difficult in financially tight situations, especially if you are not willing to give up more of your possessions. As for Lexapro, I would ask your doctor if they could provide you with some samples because of your financial situation. Many docs with established patients are willing to do this.

MC said...

I was thinking the samples route as well.

Phillip A. Ellis said...

Sorry to hear about the crap you're going through. I know I'm lucky to be in a country where my meds cost me less than $6 a month, because I am on a disability support pension. And I know the system there sucks dog balls, skanky, festy dog balls covered in grease and smegma.

I have been given a trick to help with my anxiety, and it works for me. Pls let me know by email if you want the details since it may help that little bit when you need it.

I'm so saddened to hear your news, since when we need the meds, and when we can't get them, it's hard on us, our families, and our friends. And I'd hate to see Becca see you hurting and incapable of doing anything to remedy it, and relieve her worries.

SamuraiFrog said...

Thank you, everyone, for the kind words and the suggestions. I'll call my doctor tomorrow about samples; I used to be on a different blood pressure med that they gave me samples for all the time, enough for an entire year. I'm not going to lose hope yet.

John Seven said...

Have you looked into anything here?

http://www.state.il.us/aging/3hot/pharm-assist.htm

One of the state programs helps with getting your drugs from Canada, actually.

We have a thing here in Massachusetts where certain pharmacies are chosen to sell low-priced generices in order to keep drugs affordable when you either don't have insurance or your insurance won't approve them - for instance, Wal Mart pharmacies offer $4 Prozac. Maybe there is such a thing in IL? Or is there a state health insurance of any sort that you could get on? Or are you on disability?

Just some thoughts - and apologies if you've already mentioned this stuff and I missed it ...

SamuraiFrog said...

No, I appreciate it. I've been looking into other avenues on this. Wal-Mart has a $4 program that I get my blood pressure meds on. I'm currently applying for a medical assistance program that I hope will come through in that area.

John Seven said...

Another thing I just realized - have the two of you looked into Cobra? You might be eligible - my brother-in-law's family did this when the wife got laid off, which I know Becca was, so ...

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq_compliance_cobra.html

DrGoat said...

Definetly check with your Doc for samples. They have plenty of them. My neurologist gave me a 6 month supply of Lyrica when I asked. Hope things work out. This scenario should Never happen. Thank your local politician.

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