I'm 20 years old diagnosed with chronic muscle spasms and heart arrhythmia so im in pain every couple days for most of the day. I don't want to take something so strong that the arrhythmia acts up. I was prescribed skelaxin but that with no insurance costs a small fortune what can I take that is affordable?
Do your parents have health insurance? If so, under ObamaCare, they can add you to their insurance policy. Might be worth checking into with your medical problems, and what if you get worse?
There are other muscle relaxants such as Baclofen, but don't know if they
would work for your specific problem. Muscle relaxant is what skelaxin is rated for.
For muscle spasms that act up due to a stroke, Botox injections are supposed to help. Don't know if that would work for you, but you would need insurance to cover the costs.
Perhaps your doctor can give you a med to control your arrhythmia, such as
Bystolic. I take 5mg daily and it totally controls the arrhythmia with only a 5-10 point drop in bp (mine is normally low to average). Very effective med for arrhythmia and your doctor can give you samples to try it for a few weeks. For muscle spasms, I take Flexeril 5mg. This dose works for me, but your doctor will decide what dose is best for you. The meds he gives you will depend on what is causing your spasms.
If your parents are unable to add you to their policy, your medical records can be separate including billing copays and such, that will be easiest.
If not an option check with local Walgreens, Target, Walmart. They all have discount programs. Walgreens has a twenty dollar card for the year that discounts meds with a small copay. Also, call around to pharmacies, large and small. Find the lowest cost and any other pharmacy will match it. If you are a student, be sure to check out your health center. If low income, check out local programs that may help. Try a woman's clinic for options. You can also call the manufacturer for the heart medicine and receive it free or very inexpensive.
Many possibilities out there. Hope some of these resources will help you. Let us know what you have found out. Always helpful for others to know what they can do as well. Karen
You might ask your Dr. about Baclofen it works great for spasms. Also I have NO insurance & I get mine through Walgreens prescription club for $ 12 for a three month supply. But you can also get them for
$ 4 a month thru Walmart also. I have been on them for about 10 years & never have had to increase my dosage. Best of luck, Kathy
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