The problem I'm having is finding a doctor who will write me a script for longer than 2 months. I start running out and call the pharmacy. The pharmacy faxes a refill request to the doctors office. They don't reply. I call. They inform me I have to make an appointment to have my refill. I then run out of medicine while I wait for my appointment and the pharmacy gives me enough for a few days. At the appointment they do nothing except charge me $135.00 and $225.00 for a blood test which comes out fine every two months. I feel like they are taking advantage of my disability by withholding my medication so they can make money. What if I have no money except for my meds next month? Do I just have a seizure on purpose (because without the pills I most definitely will have one or three) so I can go to the E.R. to get them? Ugh....
Hi Leslie, I know how you feel I was kind of in the same situation last week I needed some refills for my Ativan and it took the doctor's office a long time just for them to call in for one medication. I'm on SSI and have HMO through the state so I don't have to pay for my medication thank god but I had to call the office and pharmacy alot just to see what was going on and finally yesterday got my meds. If I was you I'd keep calling your dr and tell them you shouldn't have to make an appointment just to get a couple refills because most drs can just call it in to the pharmacy and you can pick it up. I'm not sure how it works where your at but your right it shouldn't be that hard to do. These days drs, pharmacy pretty much everyone all they want is money. Are you working right now? If not try looking medical insurance that you can get for free or maybe pay a discount. Good luck!
If I may ask have you tried seeing an Epileptologist? Since I've been seeing one they make sure I get a prescription for 90 days, and if I run out before my yearly visit they just call it in to my pharmacy to hold me over until I see my Dr. again. I don't like how this Dr. is treating you and personally I've had problems with Drs. like this so I have reported them to the Medical Conduct Board in my area and then they get into hot water and get moving with my perscriptions. If you don't get your med and you have a sz. you can hold your Dr. liable especially if you end up in the ER. I have found that if you keep calling the Dr. and bugging them day after day they will get moving. If they don't do anything you might want to find another Dr. to help you out because this Dr. doesn't sound to professional to me. Here's wishing you well and May God Bless You!
I agree with Sue! Also Did he say Why it is necessary to do blood test every visit? Are you on some new meds?
I do see my Nuero every 3 months sometimes sooner if I'm not doing well. but I just got the VNS Last Sept and we are still working with that and adjusting meds. However. He does write ALL my meds for 90 day supplies. If I get close to being low I call and it's almost always at the pharmacy the same day.My doctor has even given me samples when I was changing insurances. Not a rural area though, Indianapolis! I'd get some quick answers from yours or find a new one if possible. Either way reporting bad practices is always in the best interest of all patients. So if you do change based on his practices please report. I hope you can get things squared away so your meds are not a worry for you any longer. My best to you!
Thanks for replying. I had 2 seizures last Friday, first time in almost a year. I was able to get a refill but not until I ran out. The pharmacy changed manufacturers as well which isn't good. I've been in lala land and half my tongue is chewed up.
I'm on 1200 mg. generic Trileptal daily. I've been on them for 9 years and they are very successful for me at preventing seizures. Blood tests are required yearly and when I was in Colorado I would get a yearly prescription from a neurologist so it's discouraging to me to keep having to go in every other month especially with no health insurance when there is no reason to.