My son is 29 working & has insurance, but he is still paying $189.88 for 30 day supply. He is working 40 hrs & $10.00 per hour . He is frustrated because most of his paycheck goes to his meds. He was diagnosed with bipolar 8 years ago & was getting his medication paid by the state of Texas but now that he is well enough to work he has to pay. He also takes several other meds but Depakote is the most important. Is there any help out there.
yes, there are many sources to try . Texas has a state prescription drug assistance program called the Texas Drug Card which may help to discount his medication plus there are many online resources like NeedyMeds.org, Google state of Texas prescription drug assistance to find them.
First have your son ask his doctor for the card that the drug company provides to help with co pays. (I think it's called a "co-pay assistance" card.) I have one and it pays up to $100 of the co pay for people who have insurance. It's good for the year, expires December 31, then he can get another one. If the doctor won't give him one, try asking the company directly. I'm not sure whether they will, as it may only be that they give it to doctors, which is how I get mine. The drug companies all have programs where they provide the medication free or lower cost too, but many are only for people with no insurance, so I'd try the doctor first. You can find out from the drug company website; they all have some type of assistance programs.
Second, one poster pointed out that the generic valproaic acid is cheaper. However, there are TWO DIFFERENT GENERICS to Depakote, and they are NOT the same formula. Valproaic acid makes many people very, very sick. The other generic formula is called DIVALPROEX SODIUM. It's a lot easier on your system and tolerated by more people than valproaic acid. I was informed of these facts by my doctor, a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist, after getting so violently ill I had to go by ambulance to the ER when the pharmacy substituted valproaic acid instead of divalproex sodium once without telling me. Now my doctor writes my script for divalproex sodium and writes "do not substitute" even though it's a generic. It is also cheaper but if you can get the manufacturer's co pay assistance card so much the better. Hope this helps.
- Depakote Information for Consumers
- Depakote Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Depakote (detailed)
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