He's been diagnosed with bi-polar, PT syndrome and severe depression. He had a VERY dramatic incident in his childhood. He's been on a cocktail (think that is what it's called) of Effexor, Depakote and Abilify. Living in MI the economy there is in HORRIBLE shape and they've decided to quit paying for his meds. They already cut off paying for his dr appts. Before meds he was suicidal and harming himself. Without these meds I'm have no doubt I will lose him. With them he's a fun loving guy. After all these years of paying taxes into the gov't why can't good people get the help they need. How can I help him get the medication he needs??? FRUSTRATED in CO!
25 Apr 2010
Try asking the pharmacist if there are any programs that can help pay for these medications or if there are any low cost clinics in your area. You can also try the manufacturers of the medications listed and sometimes they have programs to help pay for them. I hope things get better soon.
25 Apr 2010
Get online for the makers of the different medications. I am bi-polar/severe depression, have the whole nine yards of it. My husband actually is the one who found the form. I am unemployed, no insurance, no nothing... not even my meds at the moment. I take Cymbalta normally and there is not a generic and only comes in 30mg and 60mg capsules and my dosage is 90mg a day. So 2 seperate prescriptions have to be written and paid for... just about $500 for that. That doesn't include the other meds I am supposed to take also. Any-who... several drug companies have programs that of course you have to qualify for, but they will provide the medication for a certain amount of time absolutely free. The form my husband found for Cymbalta needed to have the doctor/therapist fill it out and sign and fax... meds would be free for an ENTIRE YEAR. Start with the makers of the drug first. I hope that there is a program like that for your brother.
Then I would start searching online for every other program you could possibly think of. And when I said that there are "qualifying" criterias, that was not meaning that it would be dependent upon income, they also look at the severity of the individual persons illness. Good luck in your search.
28 Apr 2010
Contact the drug manufacturers. They often help people in need of the meds they make. However, that will most likely mean the three drugs your brother is on may not be made by same manufacturer so you will have to contact each manufacturer. Also his Doctor may have suggestions also. I did want to give you a huge warning about the Abilify. I took it for 6 years before I went of it, and I developed many severe permanent side effects from it. I would highly recommend you do some research on Abilify on this site. I am finding that I am not alone on this either. Thousands of people who took Abilfy have permanent side effects. Good luck, hope this info helps.
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