My doctor prescribed hydroxyzine pamoate (for anxiety). The insurance company has denied it, but will cover hydroxyzine Hcl. What is the difference? Would the Hcl give me the same benefit as pamoate?
I'm not exactly sure why your insurance denied it, it might of been the way the Dr put the diagnosis code. Anxiety vs nausea or anxiety vs sleeping aid. Etc... the MAIN ingredients are the same. Simply 2 medications. However. The compounding agents, what bind the meds together ,are very very different. Most don't ever experience issues with salts, calcium, acids, peptides etc, but on these two it can mean seizures vs no seizure. Capsule PAM vs pill HCL.
While main meds are the same, the binding meds are NOT.
jls56; Okay you did it the right way and the Insurance companies well do this in almost all case's when you have been on a drug for awhile.It is just a pain for the doctor, nurse, and most of all the Patient. but Color; why to worry about a question over a year ago. Most people that would have these problems are not the ones using it for the right purpose. If the doctor does change it and does it correctly you would not have a seizure period. be it Pamoate or HCl. As you know as a nurse But really the truth is the Insurance companies are not looking out for Us all as patients. Chuck1957
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