It is to be used as an add-on with cymbalta. My insurance doesn't want to pay on Abilify. I am looking for options.
29 Jun 2011
If your insurance doesn't want to pay for the Abilify then make them come up with the alternative. I say this not to be arguementative but because the insurance shouldn't dictate your medicines. If the Abilify is what your doctor wants you to take, then have the doctor notify the insurance.
Other antipsychotics like Abilify include Seroquell, Zyprexa, Risperdal and Geodon. Another class of medicines that help with bipolar symptoms are the anticonvulsants like Lamictal. Each has there own pros and cons so have the doctor help you investigate each.
30 Jun 2011
Insurance can certainly be frustrating, I've dealt with similar issues, though not with Abilify.
First, I would ask/find out why your insurance won't cover it... (that way you don't keep trying other medications they won't cover, and also because your doctor may then be able to contact them to justify its usage... ) It may be that they don't recognize it as an approved treatment for your diagnosed condition (in which case your doctor, if willing, can alter your diagnosis), or they may not approve the dosage you were prescribed (which is different from not covering the drug at all, and you can find out how much they will cover and possibly pay the remainder out of pocket - though that could be expensive). Anyway, I definitely recommend finding out the reason your insurance denied it!
Second, to address your question of similar drugs - LaurieShay gave a good list of similar medications to Abilify. I have found that, of the similar antipsychotics, Geodon has fewer side-effects (although it did not work as well for me as Abilify; Seroquel worked well for me, but caused me to gain weight). I'm currently on Lamictal, which in combination with Luvox, has worked well... As an added benefit - Lamictal comes in a generic form, so much cheaper!
Everyone reacts differently to medications, even when in the same drug class, so it's critical to work closely with your doctor - and hopefully you have a doctor that's willing to help you work with your insurance in order to ensure you are able to get what you need!
Hope this helps!
Good luck and take care!
29 Jun 2011
Hello Idsummers. Just to also add on to what Laurie suggested. If your insurance company will not cover the Abilify, most certainly, let them come up with an alternative. Its thier call, let them incur the cost. And no Laurie, you voiced exactly how many of us feel, in regards to costs and treatments, how they continue to attempt to treat us, instead of the physicans. Well said indeed.best of wishes.
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