Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 694553

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EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$

Posted by jaby on October 13, 2006, at 17:37:11

This stuff is justcrazy expensive and isn't a preferred med of my health insurance.

Any ideas? I don't qualify for any low income programs or anything of the sort.

Doc doesn't have samples.

 

Re: EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$

Posted by notfred on October 13, 2006, at 19:59:34

In reply to EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$, posted by jaby on October 13, 2006, at 17:37:11

You can take Selegiline, which is what EMSAM contains, up to certain doses without dietary
restrictions. Selegiline has been around for a while and is usually on an HMO formulary.

There usually is a process to get meds not on the formulary allowed for yourself. This is sometimes
called "pre-approval or pre-authorization". I have been sucessful with this several times, sometimes it is easy but sometimes it is a longer fight/process.

 

Re: EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$ jaby

Posted by WeeWilly on October 13, 2006, at 20:38:29

In reply to EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$, posted by jaby on October 13, 2006, at 17:37:11

Hi Jaby,

I've sent in a form found on the Squib web site. Should find out in a week or so if I meet their criteria for free Emsam. You might want to give that a try. As expensive as Emsam is, I would think many health insurance companies would baulk at covering for it. It seems as they might be priceing themselves out of the market. Time will tell I guess. Currently I am paying for my Emsam out of my pocket. It has been a little over 6 weeks now and I am getting improving response with the 12mg patch. A week ago I started adding DLPA 500mg. No way to know if that is improving the efficacy. After a few more weeks if I don't recieve what I feel is full relief in my disorder I may increase my dose to above the label max which I am on now or add Lyrica or both. Sure hope they give up some of it for free. I think it could be a usefull treatment for many folks, but its cost is nuts is'nt it? Hope you are able to give it a try somehow. Best wishes.

 

Re: EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$ WeeWilly

Posted by Phillipa on October 13, 2006, at 20:56:12

In reply to Re: EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$ jaby, posted by WeeWilly on October 13, 2006, at 20:38:29

I only know of two doing well on it without some augmentation. And I had forgotten the high price. Maybe that's why no replies. Love Phillipa

 

Re: EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$

Posted by Iansf on October 16, 2006, at 1:24:48

In reply to EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$, posted by jaby on October 13, 2006, at 17:37:11

The cheapest price I've come across is about $400 for 30 patches at Costco. However, the 6mg, 9mg and 12mg patches are priced identically, so you can get two months supply at a 6mg dose by buying one box of 12mg patches and cutting them in half, reducing your cost to $200 a month. Other than that, I unfortunately don't know of any cheaper alternatives.

 

Re: EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$

Posted by notfred on October 16, 2006, at 22:11:18

In reply to Re: EMSAM: Anyone know how to obtain for less $$$, posted by Iansf on October 16, 2006, at 1:24:48

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20061011/msgs/695146.html


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