My HMO and I are having an issue regarding the refilling of an existing Rx for Quinine Sulfate Tablets, 324 mg. tabs. The Rx is for 30 days only and has been refilled 2x with no problems. HMO now claims QS as used to treat leg cramps is an "experimental drug" and as such is not covered. They offered no alternative. This drug eliminated the cramps 100%.
What the heck is wrong with them, quinine has been used for leg cramps since I was a student nurse ( hint here I graduated from nursing school in 1968). If its experimental so is polio vaccine, lol. I did find some info saying it shouldn't be used because its effectiveness has been shown. I would say there are allot of people like you who can show it works. It also says it has allot of side effects, but you know you can take it. The FDA came out with a warning about it and that's probably why they got crazy. There is quinine in tonic water, maybe it would help you a little bit in the mean while. Also if you google leg cramps there are multiple products for it, otc. I found at least one that has cinchona in it, that's where quinine comes from. I have no idea why such an old drug is so expensive, but greed seems to have taken over the pharmaceutical profession. There is the alternative to get it from canada, since you have a script a reputable pharmacy will have it cheaper. I know people will have a fit but i got my meds from pharmacyrxworld.com when I had no insurance and the cost is like 1/3 of here. I never had a problem with them.
My doctor faxed my RX to a Canadan pharmacy because my ins said it is a tier 4 drug and VERY expensive. At the Canadian pharmacy it is only $97 for 100 tabs but they have only 300 mg. They seem to be working well for me so far. There are Canadian pharmacy in most towns and you can just take RX in or find one on the internet. I received med in about 2 weeks even though they had said 3-5 wks.
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