I have 30yr old daughter, single mom of 3, barely making it. She has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression disorder with slurred speech n hand tremors. After numerous emergency room visits none of her meds were working. They have finally prescribed cymbalta. Now she cant afford the med. What do we do? She lives in South Carolina and I her mom lives in Ohio, CVS PHARMACY says $235 per script. She is barely making min. Wage... HELP Us!!!
She can apply to the manufacturer for assistance by going to RxAssist.com. She may also qualify for medicaid help from the state based on her income. She would need to go to the County Government Offices to apply. If none of this works, ask the doctor to try her on a different antidepressant as there are many to choose from that are generic and less expensive such as venlafaxine. In our town (in SC) we have a private non profit organization that helps people who can't afford their medication, but they are difficult to locate.
There is a generic. If she googles discounts there are coupons. One for walmart makes it 24 in my area, PA. . CVS is an expensive pharmacy. Shopping around will give you a better price. She may qualify for medicaid. Sometimes joining walgreen's club for 20 a yr will give you much better prices with meds, she'd have to talk to them. There are ways to get things cheaper if you look. Its a real pain but that's how you save money. With a psych diagnosis she might be able to get into the medicaid that way. Lily has assistance for their brand name meds. go to lilytrueassist.com
I'm assuming she doesn't have insurance. On December 11, 2013, the FDA approved the first generic versions of Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules). At that time, the manufacturers approved to carry the generic were Aurobindo, Dr. Reddy's, Lupin, Sun, Teva and Torrent. So there are six different manufacturers that can potentially offer financial assistance (*especially* if she qualifies based on financial need i.e. barely making minimum wage). She can ask the pharmacy to fill their brand (yes, they will order that manuf. on request - it only takes a few days).
Without insurance, Cymbalta went from $8.66 ($259.80 for a 30-day supply) for a 30-mg capsule to $6.32 for the generic ($189.60 for a 30-day supply). In June, 2014, Pharmacychecker (a blog), noted a cash price of a 90-day supply of 60-mg as ~$250. That's 3 MONTHS worth at $2.78 per pill, so the cost has SIGNIFICANTLY lowered.
It may be worth it to look at sending the prescription to a mail-order center, instead. The price changes dramatically based on the mg, and we don't know whether your daughter is on 20mg-60mg, but a companies such as Blue Sky Drugs and Big Mountain Drugs (online mail-order, both in USA) provide 90-day supplies of 20mg for around $45. I've personally never used them before because I have insurance, but it might at least be worth looking into. Best of luck to you both!
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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