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Re: Anyone having trouble with new generic Lamictal?

Posted by bleauberry on April 30, 2009, at 17:00:00

In reply to Re: Anyone having trouble with new generic Lamictal?, posted by Phil on April 29, 2009, at 9:52:38

> My insurance only pays for generics, if available.
> Even if the pdoc writes dispense as directed.
> So, I have to live with it.

This is not true with most insurance companies. They will pay a portion of the cost of the brand drug. But your copay instead of being for example $4.00 might be $50.00. They will pay some of it, but you end up paying a large chunk.

The cost is worth it. Without the real stuff, there is no way to know what you missed out on. Wasted time, wasted copays, prolonged suffering. A good strategy is to put health priority above money priority, as it should be, pay the price for the real stuff with a little assistance from insurance, and if it works good then try to switch to generic later down the road and see if it holds. It might and it might not. But starting out on generic without ever trying the real stuff doesn't make sense to me.




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