Just ranting... a bit?
- 17 Feb 2011 by faithb
- 14 Mar 2011
- effexor, effexor xr, depression, anxiety
so at the moment i have fallen on some financial difficulties and no longer have medical benefits. my doc contacted the brand name manufacturer of effexor xr to see if they have a compassionate care program to help with my costs. she had just succesfully helped a patient with insulin. well apparently effexor does not have this program and i have to say i find this very dissapointing! i will ofcourse have to scrounge the $200 a month for it because my health (and sanity) depend on it.
but what bothers me is that i feel effexor, should care enough about the recipients of their drug to atleast have this program available. what would happen to me if i had absoloutely no way to get this money??? don't they care about the health and well being of us? it just doesn't make any sense! I need this drug the same way a heart patient needs their meds!
Then, funny enough, after my doc hangs up with me my pharmacist calls to tell me there is a manufacturer shortage of effexor xr!!! how is this even possible!!! how could this company do this? i was always afraid to change my meds but i have to say that this really scared me and i am considering changing now. i did manage to find some at another pharmacy so for this month i'm ok. i guess i have basically lost my trust in this company and if anything, my meds are what i need to be able to rely on without question!
I hear your plight and wish I could fix it for you but... at least I can listen. Have you asked the prescribing doctor if he has samples to help you through a pinch? Not a long term solution but... may be a short term when you need your next refill.
I take Pristiq, which is a "cleaned up" version of Effexor. I have had very good results with it. It has less side effects then the older Effexor does. Anyway, it is expensive if you have to pay out of pocket, but might have assistance program since it is newer. Just a thought.
Goof luck faith,
The reason i am on effexor now is because i couldn't afford cymbalta any more and tried the same thing. tried anything i could even contacted the company who makes it. nothing, notta, no help. buy it or don't get it. the transition to effexor was very easy and was worth it but i am finding it hard to trust any of these companies. they don't tell you everything before you start on it. we just trust our doctors and do what they say, and ya it's helped me but all in all i wish i would of never started taking any of it. i know this isn't an answer to your post i'm just venting too.
YES, there is a program. Pfizer-Wyeth partner together to service financially challenged people like us. Can qualify you for free or reduced meds in a very short time. Your doc can help. I get a shipment once every three months, no charge. Start with the application at www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com, and be ready to explain why you need the help. They are really nice, and very considerate. Since i don't qualify for any government programs, this has been a lifesaver. Not just mine, but the people I love too. Lets face it, when you find one that works for you, you hate to loose it.
Hi , I am on effexor and my one doctor is weening me off. I have had bad days and good days. I was never told by my other doctor how bad this medication was to get off it. Your right these manufacturers don't care. It is hell getting off of this medication. If the doctor told me about it from the start I would have never gone on it. I really do feel for you. The side effects are horrible when you start going off it. I went from 225mg and now I am down to 37.5. I would ask your doctor if you could go on something else. Do not try going off Effexor on your own you need to be monitored by your doctor and if he won't help or listen to you I would find another doctor right away. I wish you the best and remember you are not alone. Let your doctor know that you do not have the money. Also now they have a generic effexor and I am on that now. It works the same for me but I just want to get off this stuff all together. Take care and keep me informed on what is going on.
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