I had a DVT about two years ago in the leg. Warrifin didn't work, they placed me on Arixtra for one year. I went off of Arixtra after one year and was fine until I developed a DVT in the arm... they put me back on Arixtra and say I may need to be on this for the rest of my life... I'm 71, your thoughts?
At this point you will need to be on Arixtra for life. It is not worth taking the risk. I do not understand your hematologists comment of not knowing about clot formation. What blood tests have you been given? When they drew your blood, did they take more than 15 vials of blood? If not, I would suggest that you see a different hematologist. The PT-INR test does not tell you if you are correctly anti-coagulated when you are taking Arixtra or Lovenox. You have to have a Factor Xa test to determine if you are correctly anti-coagulated. This may be done once every year or two but unless your doctor suspects something they will probably not order the test.
Regarding Part D you need to order the Arixtra from the long term pharmacy, 90 day supply, that way you will only pay the $2600 once. This will put you out of the donut hole and move you into the catastrophic level very quickly. Your co-pay in the catastrophic phase is $250 for generic and $350 for the brand. Just did this in the last 30 days on the AARP UnitedHealthcare Preferred plan. Hope this helps.
- Arixtra Information for Consumers
- Arixtra Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Arixtra (detailed)
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