I am a 23 year still in college and have been struggling with narcolepsy for years apparently, but only finally was diagnosed four months ago. With only a few more months of school left and my grades boarder line I am so frightened I will not graduate. I find myself drinking alcohol, red bull, and taking claritin d every day to stay awake to study and go to school. It is so hard to stay a wake studying especially- my symptoms have gotten worse in the last year and my studies much harder. --My problem is that I am on my parents insurance still, and the company they are with will not cover me for narcolepsy- I need to be prescribed something soon, my parents said they will pay out of pocket but there is a risk that when I go to get on my own insurance my "pre-existing" condition will not be covered- is this condition expensive is it not worth paying out of pocket the rest of my life--- should I just stick through school and wait on getting insurance so I can be sure I will be covered?? how much do the stimulants cost? Thanks to anyone with advice!
Hello tryingtograduate. Either way you'll be paying. It is expensive to pay out of pocket. Especially if the drug you need is not available in genric (no name brand). As to insurance, you'll be asked about any illness(s). And yes, it is expensive, if you have a pre-existing condition. But, good news. Most every pharmaciticaul company offers a Patience Assistance Program for those people who have insurance, but still pay a lot for thier drugs, and those who have no insurance at all. I'm almost, certain that you'll qualify under the one where you'd have no insurance. Best of wishes and hope your studies go well for you,pledge
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