Provigil worked very well with no side effects. I was on Provigil for 10 years. I have tried nuvigal with numerous side effects. I tried Aderall and experienced the worst nights of my life. Is there any program that would allow me to obtain Provigil pro bono, or a scholarship. I am profoundly deaf and narcolepsy and cataplexy affect my functioning severely. I often have to take 3-4 long naps a day and still sleep through the night. I have pleaded my case with insurance and they will not give in. It doesn't seem right to deny me what actually helps me.
I have the same problem you do, except that my prior insurance from last year covered Modafinil, which is the generic for provigil. My new insurance for this year would only cover 30 pills of 100mg, but I need 90 per month. 30 won't do it for me. They will cover nuvigil which I hate the side effects, but I must try and fail two other horrible drugs. Adderall & ritalin. I tried Adderall now going for ritalin. Maybe in a month from today I can get nuvigil. The reason why insurance won't cover provigil or Modafinil is the price. Cephalon, the developer of provigil and nuvigil, pays lobbyists to keep Modafinil (made by outside pharmaceutical companies) out of the US market because since the patent expired, Modafinil is available outside of the US for $1or 2 dollars per pill, while here in the US costs $20 per pill. And that's for the 100mg ones. What can we do about it? Importing it is illegal, so we can't buy it online & get it shipped.
Oh get this, in Mexico and India you don't need a prescription, pre authorization nor a sleep study. $75 would buy me 90 100mg pills. I only wish I lived in San Diego,so I could go back and forth to fill my prescription. There should be laws stopping pharmaceutical monopolies. So, Cephalon sells nuvigil cheaper, much cheaper, and one way or another give incentives to doctors to switch everyone on provigil or Modafinil to nuvigil, and by keeping it's price at one third of the price of what provigil cost, insurance companies don't cover provigil. We are totally screwed by this big pharmaceutical corporation & by the laws allowing this corruption.
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