Just to let y’all know, I now no longer have COBRA (look it up) coverage, so when these bottles of scrips run out, unless I can get the drug companies to get them to me free (which my wife has already initiated), I may go even “bat-shittier” than I am already, sorry.
There are 6 different meds involved in keeping me stable, and they’re expensive as hell if you don’t have insurance, so, as Bette Davis once said, “Batten down the hatches, full speed ahead, because it’s gonna be a hot time on the ol’ town tonight, and please fasten your seatbelts.” (or something like that;)).
You know, of course, how I feel on this subject. Outrage doesn’t even begin to cover it.
IANAD, but does your doctor know about this? If you can’t get more meds it could be very dangerous to quit them all cold turkey.
I’m going to email an admin to see if there is something this community can do. I take psych drugs too, for anxiety and depression, so I can understand somewhat the scariness of the prospect of having to go without them. But from your blog and threads on the subject, I think you need to stay on these meds if at all possible.
I’m sorry to hear about that. I hope you’ll be able to find some programs through the drug companies.
In the meantime, can you talk to a doctor about the insurance and prescription issues? The doctor might be able to give you some free samples to tide you over, and could help you with how to taper from your meds safely. IANAD and I’m sure you know this, but for some drugs it’s not a good idea to stop taking them “cold turkey.”
I’m sure that you checked whether the drugs you’re taking are available as generics (I assume they are not generic yet), but I’m wondering if the doctor might be able to switch you to another drug in the same therapeutic class that might be available as a generic.
I know this is a private medical issue, so don’t feel obligated to post anything about what meds you’re taking. Hang in there.
ETA: On preview, I see you’ve already taken care of some of the points I raised.
THIS community has gone above and beyond the call already on my behalf and I am still reeling from the shock of how that “hit me” (take that as you will, okay?). There is to be nothing further to be done by beloved Doper community, and I mean it.
Thanks for your offer, statsman1982, but no.
I’ll get through this. Just hang, okay?
I can hang, and so can you.
PS: Can anyone find a CLEAN video copy of John Prine’s “Dear Abby” for me? Not one one YouTube. Done tried there…
I’m in a somewhat similar situation. I have Parkinson’s, with associated depression. I can’t get private insurance, but Maryland has a high risk insurance plan called MHIP. Googling finds this http://www.wvinsurance.gov/accesswv/. I hope this helps.
I know, and I am totally IN LOVE with everyone here - even those who don’t like me, and I mean that!- I’m gonna get this poor old sorry “bod” in shape to do one last ride for the four-footers, so “Hide and watch!” as me and my TREK1000 tear up the highways inbetween Texas and Georgia!
I’ll need y’all to slap my back to keep me goin’ though, so are y’all “up to the task”?