Im gonna go cold turkey coz I cant afford my meds... LAME!?
- 8 Sep 2009 by shdhillon
- 10 December 2011
- lexapro, seroquel, depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder
i have been taking lexapro 15mg and seroquel 50mg for a few months and because i have been laid off i cant pay for my monthly dose.
My problem is that im kinda scared of the withdrawl crap i read about.. is it really that bad ? am i gonna be able to work and shit ? please help im freakin out,,, 26male852.
Tapering is better than cold turkey. Can you see if your pharmacy will give you a partial refill on your meds, or, call your doctor and let him/her know about the money issues. they may give you some samples and/or switch you to a generic. You are not alone having money issues. I sometimes get only 2 of my suboxone because they are about $7.50 a pill. Not all meds qualify though. Good Luck!
As you mention in the second half of your email--this is exactly why I would never tell anyone to just use cold turkey to come off of any drug. I jusst completed a pain-free taper off of Lexapro that seriously only involved 9 tablets. For one week I took my regular dose every-other-day (if you are on 20mg a day, you can also do a week of 10mg EVERY day). After that week (at which point I was not feeling any severe w/d symptoms other than a mild headache), I spent two weeks taking Lexapro every 3rd day (i.e., if you take it Monday, skip Tue. & Wed., and take it again on Thursday. I wanted to get off of Lexapro for 2 reasons:
It costs way too much
It makes it impossible to maintain a healthy weight (exercise is wasted on this medication's effect on your metabolism)
Anyway, although Lexapro has been established as significantly different (and better, of course) by most clinical research--which is likely produced by Forest Pharmaceuticals anyway--it is merely the supposedly "active" stereo-isomer of Celexa. Forest produced Lexapro once their patent for celexa expired and all other companies could--and have been doing so for quite some time--produce cheaper generic versions of citalopram (i.e., Celexa).
Therefore, my advice to you would be to give your doc a call (or better, set an appointment ASAP if possible), describe the money issue (they do, like the first response mentions, provide you with a card that will save you 50% of your co-pay for 3 months of Lexapro, but if you have ever been given one and used it, you cannot ever use another), get 4-6 sample packs of Lexapro from your GP (to use for a taper), as well as a prescription for Celexa (at twice the amount of Lexapro you take per day... unless Celexa has proven ineffective for you in the past). Then I would advise to do everything I mentioned above the same, only I would get a prescription for a generic drug that you ahve not yet tried. The taper from Lexapro onto another SSRI or SNRI is painless and easy, and the difference between generic drug prices and Lexapro (let alone suboxone--which, btw, cheapest place to get it is Target or Walmart) is huge is you are paying out-of-pocket.
I hope this will be of some help to you, and please, do not try to go CT with Lexapro. Although you will not die, you will be willing to pay for that expensive pill come 3-4 days after just stopping abruptly.
Let us know what you decide, and how it all turns out!
I definitley would encourage tapering off rather than just stopping your meds altogether. I wanted to add this bit of information for you as well, though. People everywhere are aware of the tough economic times and some drug companies are actually helping patients with their med costs. I would urge you to contact the manufactures for information on this. Also, I work at a religious-sponsered hospital and I knwo for a fact that our pharmacy has a special fund for people who need their meds but can't afford to pay for them-this fund actually pays the entire cost! I would suggest talking to the pharmacy at your hospital. Finally, I want to encourage you to contact your local MHMR... I know there is a stigma involving MHMR, but believe me... if you qualify for their assistance, then they will cover your med costs as long as you keep coming to your scheduled appointments with them. These are just some suggestions to helping you stay on your medications if you feel that they are helping. I wish you well and hope this helps. God bless.
You should never go cold turkey, tapering is the only way to go. Most doctors will give you samples or even pharmacies will give them to you. There are major side effects with many meds with depression meds. PLEASE be careful. Take care.
I read these sort of posts and I see your countrymen protest about universal heathcare.
You have to ask yourself if the USA has somehow lost it's way in regards to social well being.
No person should have to go cold turkey when it comes to reducing a medication.
I am not religious but it restores my faith in people when I read of people who do offer support like someone has done on this forum.
In Australia, I pay (through taxes) for myself and EVERYBODY else to receive medical care at the highest standard. Even if some people have played the system and have never worked a day I still pay for them. If you are unemployed or on a pension, you see a doctor for free and a script of medicine costs no more than about $4 AUD.
I still have enough money left out of my pay for all the meaningless things we like to buy in the western world.
I contribute to society and that is what makes a good society. The alternative is to create a lower class of people who will eventually get sick of being discriminated against.
Let's hope ALL of North America can realise this as well.
Call your doctor there are programs that the pharmacuticals offer for people who can not afford their medication. and your doc probably can help you with that Ask for samples. If you are going to go off be careful even if you wein off gradually and hopefully with the help of your doc. There may also be cheaper alternatives and with being laid off you can apply to assistance from your state. Please look into all your options before you make the decision to stop on your own
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