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  • aprilchen
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    Hey Jen,

    That's about how much ours was and so far this week, we have done them three times. I know people who do them everyday and that's really all that helps the pain.

    It seems like I am starting out as an every other day girl.

    April

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  • Sarojini
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    My covers almost all of it; I end up paying about $94 for about one-two months supply, depending on how often I do the instills...

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  • L. Thomas
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    My insurance will cover catheters and syringes but I have to use a durable supplies provider ( you know the business that supply O2 etc). My insurance covers 90%. But it covers nothing if I take the Rx to the pharmacy. You do have to have a Rx for insurance to cover the durable supplies. My insurance will not cover needles but my durable supplier sells them to me at cost.

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  • aprilchen
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    Thanks. It was really great, but our insurance covered everything except for about $52...that was getting some catheters and syringes w/ needles. The heparin was $244 at cost and only cost $3 with insurance...so that was nice. So, our military insurance was decent.

    Thanks.

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  • L. Thomas
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    I don't know the cost retail but sodium bicarbonate,lidocaine,and heparin are all generic. I don't know if they are on the WalMart $4 list or nor. I think some of the gals here get there meds for instillation over internet sites from the manufacture.

    I do home instillations and they are really convenient. Now I only need instills about 2 times a week but there was a time when I needed one almost every day...it just comes and goes.

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  • aprilchen
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    Hey, do either of you guys pay without insurance for this? Do you know about how much it costs?

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  • aprilchen
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    Thank you guys so much. This will help so much.

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  • topcop229
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    April,
    I am just going to type what is written on each of the bottles. I used to get them pre-mixed, then the pharmacy quit doing that so we have to buy all the components and mix at home. This actually works out better because when you get them pre-mixed, you have to keep them refrigerated and must use them within a short period of time. The drawback is that my insurance covered them as a generic when they were premixed, and now they don't, so we have to pay for each component as well as syringes.

    Heparin Sodium injection, USP 20,000 USP units/ mL
    8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
    Lidocaine HCl injection 2% 20mg/mL

    I hope this helps you out!
    Claudia

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  • Sarojini
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    For my instills, I mix the components myself at home. I use one 10 mL ampule of 2% lidocaine (for injection - epidural or caudal block), 2 1mL bottles of heparin (20,000 units each for a total of 40,000 units), and one 5 mL bottle of 4.2% sodium bicarbonate. I mix in a sterile container and instill with a 12 French catheter attached to a 60cc syringe.

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  • aprilchen
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    Question about instill drug names/percentages

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    Hi,

    Hopefully one of the nurses are on here or someone that has a bottle at home and can type in the compound mixture drugs and percentages for a lidocaine and heparin bladder instillation. I am waiting for my doctor to call this in to a compound pharmacy and I am almost positive that Tricare won't pay for it...so here are my questions:

    1) Does anyone know the exact prescription with percentages and drug names that I can look up on the Tricare formulary? Stuff like whether it's injection Lidocaine or Heparin?

    The web site is asking form the route of administration and they list things like: intravenous and injection. Actually, if someone has time, the web site is http://www.tricareformularysearch.org OR copied from my browser, it is: http://www.tricareformularysearch.or...r/default.aspx

    2) If your insurance does not pay for this compound, does anyone know about how much it costs in cash?

    I just must say this: Tricare is retarded, no offense to anyone who loves it...but the recognize IBS on their dx list but don't recognize PFD or IC. I am definitely going to write an appeal if this doesn't get covered. The customer service rep. was really nice and gave me an appeals address.

    Who in the world can even work if they need instills twice a week and have to sit in the doctor two days a week to get them? Then, the other issue is that Tricare has only allowed me seven visits to the Urologist and they won't do them anywhere else. Also, Tricare won't allow more visits. I checked. Try multiplying twice per week and seven visits won't even cover a month's worth.

    What in the world do Tricare patients do? Do you guys pay cash for this concoction or what?

    PLEASE HELP!
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