I currently do not have health insurance and have some of these meds to be extremely expensive. Is there a cheaper one than another and has phentermine been used to treat adhd?
Concerta and Ritalin are available as generics and may even be available at your local Wal-Mart as part of their $4 prescription plan. There's quite a bit of dispute and confusion about the Wal-Mart policy, partially because they don't like to promote the fact that they are dispensing controlled substances so cheaply, but also because their pharmacy staff have dispensing autonomy (this way corporate needn't take as much responsibility for the fact that they carry items like the morning-after pill). So the answer you get at your local pharmacy may differ depending on who you're talking to and on how you approach the topic with them. (Also, in some states they've had to raise the $4 per prescription to $9 and more per prescription, because of lawsuits from competitors claiming predatory pricing.)
I haven't heard of phentermine being used to treat adhd; since it doesn't have the psychostimulant properties of those amphetamines which are more usually prescribed I would wonder whether there could be the same efficacy.
My insurance company raised my premium to $1,100.00 per month! I couldn't afford it so they dropped me. 2 weeks later I shattered my mid spine in an accident. I went to Needymeds.org They were a big help to me. You will be able to immediately printout a coupon for up to 90% off your meds. Also, contact the manufacterer of the medication. Explain the situation. Some of them have programs to get the meds for free. I wish you well and good health!
Personally, I would avoid Phentermine. There has been research on this medicine, and it isn't very favorable. Many people were using it in a combination with other meds as a diet pill. There are much better medications on the market for ADHD, and not all of them are psychostimulants. Talk to your Dr. and he/she will be able to discuss the available medications and which may work best for you. Sometimes, the Drs. also have an idea about which ones, generically, will be cheaper... usually, the ones that have been around longer & have proven successful. The newer meds are usually more expensive. You've gotten some great advice here as to how to try to get your meds cheaper, so you have a running start. I don't know what state you live in, but there may be something comparable to the Medicaid that CA has for lower income people. Good luck!
You do not have health insurance. Your Doctor knows (or is supposed to) that certain drug companies will provide a drug to a patient in need. You have to ask your Doctor about this. If he/she says I don't know, ask again. Who knows, it may be on his/her desk and never bothered to read the info. DRUG COMPANIES WILL GIVE MEDICINE TO THOSE IN NEED AT NO COST. It will go thru your Doctor, and he will then give the drugs to you. If you don't have a Doctor appointment soon, call and talk to a Nurse. If you get an "I don't know" or a "no" do not give up and try someone else.
If your Doctor says "I don't know" ask and ask and ask. Ask him to confer with Doctors who do know.
I know it is a slow and painful process to go to another Doctor, but sometime that is what has to happen.
I know that drug companies will supply drugs to those who really need them and can't afford them. My Doctor was the one who told me. He filled out some paperwork and sent it to the maker of the drug and it gets approved and the drugs are shipped to your Doctor.
My advice, be persistent. What I have told you is true. I have even seen commercials that at end of it, mention that "if you can not afford... tell your Doctor and... will assist you."
Good luck and I know that it can be done. I have. Hope this helps.
- Phentermine Information for Consumers
- Phentermine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Phentermine (detailed)
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