I take metformin 1000 twice daily. Can I increase my metformin or take it 3 times daily to make up for the lantus?
Metformin wont do what Lantus does. Call your endocrinologist or whatever doc is treating your diabetes and let them know that you are having trouble affording Lantus. Perhaps they can get you samples or they may know of a program where you can get the drug at reduced cost. Dont try to change you regimen yourself. You could wind up having disaster happen and end up in the hospital or even dead-not a good idea to play with your meds yourself.
There is NO SUBSTITUTE for insulin. You can get help paying for it. The manufacturer has patient assistance. See your dr about it until you can get the the assistance thru. Call the manufacturer today, here is the number (1.888.847.4877) Here is the web site www.lantus.com/hcp/paying-for-lantus/patient-assistance-programs.aspx?WT.mc_id=PSLHYO109&WT.srch=1&iq_id=58313791-VQ14-58800854
There is help out there for people to get the meds they need, they just have to be pointed in that direction.
Yes definitely call Sanofi Aventis at the phone #
Kaisama gave you 888-847-4877.
They base it on how much you make a year.
I am on disability & they provide my Lantus for free.
If you have income they will usually base your income & then let you know how much assistance they can give you. They are Very easy to work with.
And as the others have said increasing your Metformin will Not do the same thing.
Best of luck. Kathy
Hello Merry of the Third Power. Have you contacted your endocrinologist and told him about the problem? There may be a better solution. This is one of those appointments where you tell them you need your medication adjusted and have to see him soon. They ought to get you in soon.
I am curious what is happening for a copay since you seem to have prescription coverage per your rejection from the manufacturer. I have a friend who was mad because her copay went up. Turns out it went from $25 to $30. Mine was $75 through Medicare and secondary. Sometimes it is perspective. I would give up every little thing to get a life saving medication with my limited funds.
Call around to pharmacies and find out who has a better price. Walgreens has a card to reduce costs. So do other pharmacies. I have found Costco to be much less than other pharmacies. Sometimes a local small pharmacy has much better prices and go out of their way to help. Remember that if you can find a lower rate, go back to your regular pharmacy and see if they will match it. Mine did and saved us a long trip to the other and quite a bit of cash.
1000 units would be incredibly expensive. I can't imagine taking that much. My NPH is 16 units once a day. When prednisone goes up it is twice a day with night 4 units. I do work hard to watch my diet. Have you been to the endocrinologist recently? That remains your best solution. Were tests done for you such as ultrasound, MRI, CT scan of the pancreas and the pituitary?
So sorry you are going through this. There will be a solution for you. General physicians aren't going to be the help you need. Please stay in touch and tell us about any solutions. I wish for you to become free of the stress of money and enjoy the safety of medications your body must have. Karen
The website offers a coupon but it's only good for 3 refills, I believe. That's the problem I am having. I take 200 units a day of Lantus, and now that my coupon is no longer valid, it goes up to $120.00 a refill for 5 pens(with insurance). So that means I have to pay $360-480 a WEEK for my Lantus, plus my refills for my other insulin and prescriptions. Well, needless to say I haven't picked up my Lantus in several weeks and I'm definitely feeling the effects of it. How are people supposed to survive, get the meds they need and be able to afford things like FOOD. I am at my wits end, my endocrinologist is no help. I'm feeling helpless. I have a good job but the insurance isn't all that great. I'm married, my husband recently lost his job but they denied his unemployment over a technicality. What am I supposed to do? I can't go on much longer like this :(
Walmart has a deal with Novolin NPH and regular insulins for $25/vial. I hear ya- I'm a disabled RN, and on Medicare- and can't afford to get to the donut hole (which is in June for me) with my other meds. I had my doctor send in a prescription to Walmart's mail order in Carrollton, TX- they overnight it for free in a box w/cooling packs. The phone number is 1-800-2REFILL; their address is 1025 W. Trinity Mills Road, Carrollton, TX 75006. It has been a lifesaver- literally.
I don't qualify for any help either (lucky person who gets their stuff for free !). Between premiums and out of pocket medication expenses, I shovel out $625 per MONTH in healthcare costs... on Medicare.
I'm going to an Advantage plan next year, since Humana's drug plan has been a nightmare (they consider long-time generics as brand if they don't like the prices- and say they cover them if they pay $2 of $75), and the supplement plan F is just too expensive (different company). Hopefully, I won't end up with leukemia again- oncologist says it's extremely unlikely. If I do, then it's on to Medicaid. :/
I've had to give up the metformin this week after being on it relatively successfully for 2 1/2 years... tears my guts up too badly, and the bloating is too painful- which is strange, since I started out doing OK on it. Metformin acts to suppress glucose manufacturing by the liver. Insulin (of any kind) is a direct replacement for what the pancreas either doesn't produce, or the body doesn't utilize. They can't be substituted for each other.
There are people like myself who get extra Lantus & Humalog and who would be glad to sell it at a fraction of pharmacy cost. Would help me to buy much needed food.
If you earn less than $43,000 a year you should be able to get your Lantus free through the manufacturer's assistance plan. Just check the manufacturer's website
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