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    Just wonder if anybody else is having the same situation. Today I went to my doctor and he said that the insurance is trying to drop the medication I am taking because I have been on it to long, but the doctor said he will keep filling it as long as it is not denied.

    For example like the sleeping pill: if I don't take this RX I can't sleep because of my bladder. I would be up and down all night. I went through this horrible time of not sleeping and now because of the medicine I am able to get a few hours of sleep without getting up, except for the early mornings. Can't imagine myself going through this again.

  • #2
    Believe it or not you health ins company might be looking out for your well-being. You don't say what sleeping med you are taking but most are meant for very short term use otherwise there may be serious side effects down the road. This goes for ambien and lunesta and the like.

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    • #3
      I've been on Ambien for a couple of years now. I am probably addicted to it in the sense that I cannot sleep without it now but it has improved my quality of life so much that I believe the benefit outweighs the negative at this point. I believe Ambien is now approved for "as long as your care provider recommends". This doesn't mean insurance has to cover it though because yes it is EXPENSIVE.
      The combo of things that brought me out of remission were artificial sweetners, liquid vitamins with citric acid, tight pants, lower body workouts and stopping all my allergy meds cold turkey during height of allergy season. I wish I knew back then what I know now about IC
      First IC symptoms Spring of 2000; In-office cystoscopy 2002 -negative; Remission until 2007 (yeah!!); Negative PST spring of 2007; IC diagnosed via Cystoscopy and Hydrodistention 7/24/07; Another In-office cystoscopy 4/9/10 with biopsy showed inflammation
      Treatments for my IC/PFD: Elmiron 400 mg per day; walking, Zyrtec, Claritin, Singulair, Neurontin 100 mg per day; Ice packs and laying down; About to try Cytotec
      Tried and Failed: Heat (always makes me worse!), Heparin instills -too painful for my urethra; Atarax (interfered with my quality of sleep first time, second time dried my bladder out; Elavil makes me sick, lidocaine patches (just plain don't work), Cystoprotek (only tried a couple months but didn't seem to do much), Aloe Vera caps, pelvic floor therapy, trigger point work flared me worse, Lyrica (bad stomach pain)
      Other Diagnoses: PFD 2009; Fibromyalgia 2006, Osteopenia 2012, GERD 2006, Gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying) Anxiety: Other medications: Ambien, Dexilant, Ibuprofren, Necon 1/35, Voltaren gel for tailbone
      BABY GIRL 10/28/08 *** BABY BOY 7/8/11

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      • #4
        I've taken Ambien for a couple years now. Honestly it worked best for me but when my doc was on medical leave the doc covering for her gave me a hard time filling my prescription. I ended up trying something else. I still wake up several times in the nite but I'm able to fall back asleep on Trazodone. I think my hubby isn't very happy with me changing meds especially since he said the Ambien caused me to be very naughty and the Trazodone does just the opposite.
        Good Luck!
        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


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

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        • #5
          I've been taking ambien since summer --- I've had severe neck problems and it has helped me to sleep, which is a real life saver.

          Donna
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          • #6
            I was addicted to a sleeping pill for four years but when I got diagnosed with IC the Elmiron ,Elavil,Atarax combo made me so sleepy I stopped cold turkey:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
            :Loren

            Current Meds
            Elmiron 300mg tid
            Elavil 25mg at hs
            Atarax 50mg bid
            Tramacet as needed
            Vitamin D 2000 iu bid
            Gabapentin 300mg tid
            Uracyst instillatons one a month

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            • #7
              I think you all explain it well!

              "Real Life Saver"
              "Quality of Life"
              ""The benefit outweighs the negative point"

              Aleet: I know that it is not easy to have to change RX when you find something that works well with you. Hope you find something that works well with you again.

              Donna: Sorry to hear that you have severe neck problems. I am so glad that amibien is able to help you to sleep.

              Charisse: The doctor does have to explain to the insurance why I am taking it long term. You are right about the qualilty of life. Hope the insurance continue to pay for it.

              Briza: Hello Briza, I just hope the insurance truly do care and realize everyone is different and for some it makes a world of differents.

              Lonen86: Glad you were able to get off of it and other things helped you, that is great. I wish I could get off of all my RX, but I know I can't.
              Last edited by Trishann; 01-26-2010, 03:02 PM.

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              • #8
                Trishann,
                kudos to your doc for telling you that he has your back(will continue filling the script)! I don't always feel comfortable with my doc so I shy away from really telling him what I want. As soon as my doc's replacement questioned me about taking ambien I dropped the discussion. I then begged him to give me something because I was not going home empty handed. I woke up several times last night with a horrible burning in my bladder and urethra! Now today I will be so tired and struggling to get everything on my list done today. I totally understand where you are coming from. I know that most of us need a sleep aid to be able to function the next day!
                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
                  Ambien has a generic that is very inexpensive. My doctor gives me the prescription and suggests I fill it at Costco because the price is lower there than at any other pharmacy in our area. We are "self-pay" for prescriptions and I have changed to generics for all of my medications. The Ambien generic is cheaper than our co-pay used to be when we had prescriptions covered under insurance.
                  Sharon

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                  • #10
                    Sharon,
                    thanks for telling us about the generic brand. I didn't know that Ambien had a generic. I feel like my insurance barely covers any of my prescription so I may as well get the generic and save myself some money.

                    Thanks,
                    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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                    • #11
                      sleeping

                      one of you ladies said it best "quality of life" I think everyone ones quality of life is defined diffrently. I need ambien to function on a some what quality of life that IC has robbed me of being a productive 39 yr old woman. I take Ambien and I still get up 5 -7 times a night? Good luck
                      Blessings,
                      Ruth

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                      • #12
                        I don't take it for IC actually.. I started it for fibro and it has helped me get through my days without as much fatigue and I don't need to nap everyday now either. I also don't get sick all the time anymore like I used to. For whatever reason my sleep cycles don't work right.
                        The combo of things that brought me out of remission were artificial sweetners, liquid vitamins with citric acid, tight pants, lower body workouts and stopping all my allergy meds cold turkey during height of allergy season. I wish I knew back then what I know now about IC
                        First IC symptoms Spring of 2000; In-office cystoscopy 2002 -negative; Remission until 2007 (yeah!!); Negative PST spring of 2007; IC diagnosed via Cystoscopy and Hydrodistention 7/24/07; Another In-office cystoscopy 4/9/10 with biopsy showed inflammation
                        Treatments for my IC/PFD: Elmiron 400 mg per day; walking, Zyrtec, Claritin, Singulair, Neurontin 100 mg per day; Ice packs and laying down; About to try Cytotec
                        Tried and Failed: Heat (always makes me worse!), Heparin instills -too painful for my urethra; Atarax (interfered with my quality of sleep first time, second time dried my bladder out; Elavil makes me sick, lidocaine patches (just plain don't work), Cystoprotek (only tried a couple months but didn't seem to do much), Aloe Vera caps, pelvic floor therapy, trigger point work flared me worse, Lyrica (bad stomach pain)
                        Other Diagnoses: PFD 2009; Fibromyalgia 2006, Osteopenia 2012, GERD 2006, Gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying) Anxiety: Other medications: Ambien, Dexilant, Ibuprofren, Necon 1/35, Voltaren gel for tailbone
                        BABY GIRL 10/28/08 *** BABY BOY 7/8/11

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                        • #13
                          I find Benadryl actually works well and helps the IC somewhat to boot. But it is probably milder than a sleeping med.
                          Currently dealing with IC (diagnosed May 2001), Fibromyalgia (January 2000) and ADHD (1998 sometime) and vulvodynia (Jan. 08)

                          I work in the schools helping students with disabilities. I am a speech language pathologist working as an Assistive Technology Specialist. A very do-able job with IC.

                          Medications

                          Meds that I take:
                          Elmiron 2 x day ; Effexor XR 37.5 ; Ritalin;
                          Nasonex; Atarax 10 mg (night); Lidocaine 5%; monthly B-12 shots; Pyridium as needed

                          Meds I am trying
                          Urell

                          Supplements that help:

                          Condroitin Sulfate; Calcium Citrate; Magnesium Glycinate; Olive Leaf Extract; daily probiotic

                          Other treatments that help:
                          Physical Therapy for PFD; Massage for Fibro; Chiropractic for Fibro; IF Unit (like a tens unit) for pain

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by aleet7 View Post
                            Sharon,
                            thanks for telling us about the generic brand. I didn't know that Ambien had a generic. I feel like my insurance barely covers any of my prescription so I may as well get the generic and save myself some money.

                            Thanks,
                            Aleet7
                            Yeah the generic's name is Zolpidem. I worked in a pharmacy when it became available. Around the same time Ambien CR was released. CR standing for controlled release. They claim this allows the medication to be released slowly into your system and work better for longer. I would just like to say I've had a psychiatrist and at least two pharmacies say drug companies just release CR versions in order to get another patent on their medication, that they don't really work better. Also every pharmacist swears that generics are just as good as brand names, but I know people that swear this is not true.

                            But I have no experience with the generic yet. Any one have luck with it?
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                            Southern California - Ventura County
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                            • #15
                              When I told my GP I was taking Benedryl at night to sleep,he prescribed Ambien for me. I have been on Ambien for 3 years.It has been a life saver because I was getting up 6 to 8 times a night to pee and could not fall back to sleep most times.I was miserable. I still get up 2 to 3 times a night but fall right back to sleep. I have no side effects from it that I am aware of. We have very good prescription insurance because my hubbie was in the Navy for 30 years. I have one or two medicines that the military doesn't have and I get them at CVS for a small co pay.

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