Just wondering since my eye doctor did not give me a yes or no answer to this question. And this drug works well for me but my prescription, each time for 4 months is $215.00.
Yes, it is a long term drug and it is expensive. I've used it for 6 months now and I think it works great. I'm not using OTC eye drops all the time anymore. Definitely get the coupon/card as suggested by first answer. My eye doctor told me I could use 1/2 of product (in both eyes) in morning, saving other 1/2 for night. There's enough drug to do that. So you'll get double use out of your prescription & cost. The snap off top can be reused; just put it back on top of tube. Keep everything very clean and don't touch the tips with anything including your eye area. Use 2nd 1/2 for your next dose, don't save them up, if you forget just toss and start over. Hope this helps.
I've used this medicine twice daily, one drop in each eye, for over one year. Just went for checkup ( ophthalmologist) and Dr told me I don't have to continue using it, or can use it occasionally as needed. Told me to come back in 2 years, so I guess its up to me - funny thing is, I never felt any different before, people were just telling me my eyes looked red! So I'll use it 2-3 times per week. She said my tear film was now normal.
It depends on how bad a case of dry eyes you have. My opthomologist told me I would have to use it for the rest of my life. It has definitely has helped me tremendously.My cost this time around is $211.07 for 3 months. If you join the my tears my rewards program, you can get reimbursed up to $90 on out of pocket expenses for a 90 day supply. Also, my dr. told me if i keep the vials in the refrigerator, I would be able to use only one vial a day, instead of 2.This tremendously cuts down on the cost because a 3 month supply will last you 6 months. Of course, you may not be able to do this every day since you are suppose to put it in your eyes twice a day, 12 hours apart, so sometimes you may not be home.
I have used Restasis for over a year now. My eyes were so dry because of the medications I was taking; and continue to take. What a difference after 6 months.
If you go to the Restasis Web site and join their program they will send you a card to use when you pick up your refills. This card has saved me $$$$$$$ during the past year. I re-enrolled and they send me another card. You swipe it before any other payment. The savings is enormous. I am sorry, I should of kept track of it during this year. It is an excellent program. It is called the Advantage Patient Support Pack when you get it.
- Restasis Information for Consumers
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