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    Today I went to refill my prescription for Elmiron. I knew that under my other insurance that I was paying around $60 for it but today was different. When I gave the empty bottle to the pharmacist she looked up the med and said," My Lamb"! She asked me what did I pay for the Elmiron under my old insurance and I told her around $60 bucks. She said it's way more than that! She said hold on to your hat, it's $346!!!!! I told her that I have to have it and called my husband. He said, buy it because you have to have it and I did! What if I didn't have the money to buy it? I don't understand why meds have to cost so much! My heart goes out to everyone that can't afford to purchase their meds! A year or two ago that was me, I know that I couldn't afford to pay this amount.

    Teela
    DX'd with IC 5/08
    other Dx's~SVT: had Catheter
    Catheter Ablation Aug 19,2010
    Migraines, PFD, Hypertension,
    Prolapsed Pelvic
    Organs and Degenerative Disc
    Disease, Kidney stones, Insomnia
    Two bulging discs w/tears and osteo
    arthritis in multiple joints in the spine



    Current Meds:Elmiron 400 mg per day
    Benicar Hct 40-25mg for Hypertension
    Norvasc 2.5
    Vicoden as needed for pain
    Cymbalta 30 mg
    Prelief
    CystaQ
    Prosed
    Lidoderm Patch


    Psalm 121
    I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.


    "Be Kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

  • #2
    Did your insurance coverage change Jan 1? If not, it might be wise to ring your carrier and inquire as to why such a sudden drastic difference.

    Wishing you well....
    Diana
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    • #3
      Originally posted by dg2901 View Post
      Did your insurance coverage change Jan 1? If not, it might be wise to ring your carrier and inquire as to why such a sudden drastic difference.

      Wishing you well....
      Diana
      Hi Diana,
      we changed insurance companies and now my deductible is $3000! I called my husband to tell him how much my meds cost with the new insurance and he is changing back to the company we used to have(lower deductible). I don't know how much longer I can afford to buy it at that rate!

      Best Wishes,
      Teela
      DX'd with IC 5/08
      other Dx's~SVT: had Catheter
      Catheter Ablation Aug 19,2010
      Migraines, PFD, Hypertension,
      Prolapsed Pelvic
      Organs and Degenerative Disc
      Disease, Kidney stones, Insomnia
      Two bulging discs w/tears and osteo
      arthritis in multiple joints in the spine



      Current Meds:Elmiron 400 mg per day
      Benicar Hct 40-25mg for Hypertension
      Norvasc 2.5
      Vicoden as needed for pain
      Cymbalta 30 mg
      Prelief
      CystaQ
      Prosed
      Lidoderm Patch


      Psalm 121
      I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.


      "Be Kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

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      • #4
        Hi Bri!
        I love the ideal of getting the mail order prescription! I never thought of that. I get my RX at Meijers but wouldn't mind getting it in the mail. Thank you so much for suggesting this. I just don't know how much longer I can afford getting Elmiron at $346 for one month supply!

        Best Wishes,
        Teela
        DX'd with IC 5/08
        other Dx's~SVT: had Catheter
        Catheter Ablation Aug 19,2010
        Migraines, PFD, Hypertension,
        Prolapsed Pelvic
        Organs and Degenerative Disc
        Disease, Kidney stones, Insomnia
        Two bulging discs w/tears and osteo
        arthritis in multiple joints in the spine



        Current Meds:Elmiron 400 mg per day
        Benicar Hct 40-25mg for Hypertension
        Norvasc 2.5
        Vicoden as needed for pain
        Cymbalta 30 mg
        Prelief
        CystaQ
        Prosed
        Lidoderm Patch


        Psalm 121
        I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.


        "Be Kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

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        • #5
          i am in the same boat as you. i have a very high deductible for scripts & to fill my Elmiron for 1 month sets me back $360!!!! supposedly that is with an "insurance" discount..but i think not. i really truly cannot afford it & it just goes on my credit card.

          i am in the process of applying for the patient assist. program for elmiron & PRAY that i get it!!!
          Karen
          Currently Taking:
          20 mg Celexa
          fentanyl patch 12.5 mcg chgd every 3 days
          morphine IR 15 MG, up to 3x daily
          Xanax 1mg as needed (not taken daily)
          900 MG Oxycarbizine (mood disorder)
          300 MG Welbutrin
          Tizanidine 4 mg up to 20 mg daily as need
          Prevacid 30 mg
          Ambien as needed

          my heating pad is my best friend, use daily on my lower back & pelvic area
          blessed to be able to receive massage & Amma , along with Avazzia therapy 3x weekly

          Been diagnosed for 10 years now, consider myself pretty well versed in this disease & would love to help out with new IC sisters or brothers, feel free to message me.

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          • #6
            i'm sorry you guys are paying so much for your elmiron...i thought mine was high!!! don't get your hopes up with the assistance program, i called them and they said if you have any insurance you won't qualify, regardless, no exceptions! i'm still pretty angry about it! i pay A LOT for insurance and just because i have it, doesn't mean i can afford your 500 dollar a month medicine our insure just started making us do the mail order prescriptions and it supposed to be lots cheaper...maybe something to look into. good luck!!!!!
            Current: -pelvic floor therapy, -weekly uracyst instills

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            • #7
              Hi karen!
              Isn't the price of Elmiron outrageous? I am so floored that it cost this much! I told the pharmacist that I have to have this med and she looked at me with a sad look on her face! I really hope you can get on the patient assistance program! I really don't think I would qualify for this program especially if it's income based. My issue is that my husband makes a lot of money, it's just not consistant(we get large sums or nothing for periods of time). If we are in a long period in which he doesn't make money then I have to wait to get my refills(sighing). I'm in a flare now because I just got the money to get my script filled(went two months without Elmiron).

              Anyway, I hope to drop this insurance and get our old insurance back where I'm only paying $60 for Elmiron. Let me know what happens with the program...ok.

              Best wishes,
              Aleet7
              DX'd with IC 5/08
              other Dx's~SVT: had Catheter
              Catheter Ablation Aug 19,2010
              Migraines, PFD, Hypertension,
              Prolapsed Pelvic
              Organs and Degenerative Disc
              Disease, Kidney stones, Insomnia
              Two bulging discs w/tears and osteo
              arthritis in multiple joints in the spine



              Current Meds:Elmiron 400 mg per day
              Benicar Hct 40-25mg for Hypertension
              Norvasc 2.5
              Vicoden as needed for pain
              Cymbalta 30 mg
              Prelief
              CystaQ
              Prosed
              Lidoderm Patch


              Psalm 121
              I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.


              "Be Kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

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              • #8
                I'm hearing more about mail order prescriptions and I'm all over it! Bri suggested it to me yesterday and I'm trying to find out how to start using it.

                That's horrible that they won't let anyone with insurance get on the program! I know some people that have insurance but can't afford the expensive meds. I was too embarrassed to tell my doc that I went two months without Elmiron because of the price!

                Best Wishes,
                Aleet7
                DX'd with IC 5/08
                other Dx's~SVT: had Catheter
                Catheter Ablation Aug 19,2010
                Migraines, PFD, Hypertension,
                Prolapsed Pelvic
                Organs and Degenerative Disc
                Disease, Kidney stones, Insomnia
                Two bulging discs w/tears and osteo
                arthritis in multiple joints in the spine



                Current Meds:Elmiron 400 mg per day
                Benicar Hct 40-25mg for Hypertension
                Norvasc 2.5
                Vicoden as needed for pain
                Cymbalta 30 mg
                Prelief
                CystaQ
                Prosed
                Lidoderm Patch


                Psalm 121
                I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.


                "Be Kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

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                • #9
                  Cheaper Elmiron

                  Hi everyone,
                  I just want to mention that I buy my elmiron from Jan Drugs, a Canadian drug company. My private insurance has no prescription benefits, so I needed to find an alternative. I researched Jan Drugs and was pleased with the results, so I have been buying my elmiron from them for 6 months or so. I think I pay $500 or so for a 3 month supply. They have great customer service too.
                  Claire

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                  • #10
                    I am so sorry you guys are paying so muc. I have NYS insurance through my husband so it is not bad. I wish you guys all the best, I think there are non profit groups out there that will help with that too
                    [I]Dx: 10/08

                    Meds
                    Elmiron 3 X a day
                    Effexor XR 75 mg 1 x a day
                    Vesicare 5mg 1 x a day
                    Nortriptypline 10mg 3 x a day
                    Gabapentin 300 mg 1-2 x a day

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rshawhan View Post
                      Hi everyone,
                      I just want to mention that I buy my elmiron from Jan Drugs, a Canadian drug company. My private insurance has no prescription benefits, so I needed to find an alternative. I researched Jan Drugs and was pleased with the results, so I have been buying my elmiron from them for 6 months or so. I think I pay $500 or so for a 3 month supply. They have great customer service too.
                      Claire
                      Claire,
                      thanks for this info! Paying $500 for 3 months would save me a lot of money!

                      Best Wishes,
                      Aleet7
                      DX'd with IC 5/08
                      other Dx's~SVT: had Catheter
                      Catheter Ablation Aug 19,2010
                      Migraines, PFD, Hypertension,
                      Prolapsed Pelvic
                      Organs and Degenerative Disc
                      Disease, Kidney stones, Insomnia
                      Two bulging discs w/tears and osteo
                      arthritis in multiple joints in the spine



                      Current Meds:Elmiron 400 mg per day
                      Benicar Hct 40-25mg for Hypertension
                      Norvasc 2.5
                      Vicoden as needed for pain
                      Cymbalta 30 mg
                      Prelief
                      CystaQ
                      Prosed
                      Lidoderm Patch


                      Psalm 121
                      I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.


                      "Be Kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

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                      • #12
                        Bri,
                        please let me know if Elmiron is on their(Walmart's) 3 month program list. That would be a big help to me!

                        Thanks,
                        Teela
                        DX'd with IC 5/08
                        other Dx's~SVT: had Catheter
                        Catheter Ablation Aug 19,2010
                        Migraines, PFD, Hypertension,
                        Prolapsed Pelvic
                        Organs and Degenerative Disc
                        Disease, Kidney stones, Insomnia
                        Two bulging discs w/tears and osteo
                        arthritis in multiple joints in the spine



                        Current Meds:Elmiron 400 mg per day
                        Benicar Hct 40-25mg for Hypertension
                        Norvasc 2.5
                        Vicoden as needed for pain
                        Cymbalta 30 mg
                        Prelief
                        CystaQ
                        Prosed
                        Lidoderm Patch


                        Psalm 121
                        I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.


                        "Be Kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

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                        • #13
                          Aleet7: How much Elmiron do you take per day? There is another way around it...say you take 1 capsule 3 times/day=3 capsules per day.

                          Have the uro write it for 3 capsules 3 times/day=9capsules a day.

                          You pay the same price whether its 90 in the bottle or 270...either way the pharmacy sees it as a one month supply. Do you see what I'm getting at

                          And then of course going thru mail order could help even more...
                          Somewhere there's a reason /Why things go like they do /Somewhere there's a reason /Why some things just fall through /We don't always see them /For what they really are /But I know there's a reason /Just can't see it from this far /Maybe I don't like it, /But I have no choice /I know that somewhere, /Someone hears my voice / I thought I knew it all /I thought I had it made /How could it end this way? /I thought I knew Somewhere there's a reason /Why things don't go my way /Somewhere there's a reason /That I cannot explain /Just like the change of season, /Just may not be my turn /But I know there's a reason, /The lesson's mine to learn

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                          • #14
                            i looked on walmarts site and it is only some genertic drugs. sorry
                            [I]Dx: 10/08

                            Meds
                            Elmiron 3 X a day
                            Effexor XR 75 mg 1 x a day
                            Vesicare 5mg 1 x a day
                            Nortriptypline 10mg 3 x a day
                            Gabapentin 300 mg 1-2 x a day

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                            • #15
                              Like Yvette mentioned, my URO is more than happy to write rx's like this as he knows the average person, sometimes even with insurance, cant afford the prices. I've never had an issue with my insurance since its still a months long supply regardless of the number of pills allotted.


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