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so i have about 3 weeks left of my lamictal rx. i called the dr office for refills. i even WENT to the dr office to drop off the fax forms for the insurance rx mail company so i get 3 months supply for 2 months cost. everything was looking good. dr office said they can do the fax w/no problem.

then.....

i get a call back (after ive already been to their office) from the receptionist saying the dr isnt comfortable prescribing a long term rx till she sees me. the reason the receptionist says, is because these were prescribed by another dr so this dr wants to see me first before agreeing to keep me on this med regimine. (i know thats spelled wrong)

but um, excuse meeeeeeeeeeee......

they were ORIGINALLY prescribed by a different dr one month at a time. but once i went to the 90 day supply at THIS dosing level, it was THIS dr whp wrote the rx. not the original one!

i understand her wanting to see me again for a follow-up and all, but the earliest she can see me is THREE WEEKS from today! i cannot afford to pay for the full 90 day supply by filling it that day at a retail pharmacy and not having to run out.

they gave me the option of calling in a couple weeks supply till i see her then i can get the 90 day supply. the problem with that is 2, 3, or 4 weeks still cost me $50 cuz this med is in a tier 3 category so it cost the most. plus im having to pay for the office visit to see her on top of the rx cost.

like i said, i have NO problem going in for a follow-up, but the fact that she isnt comfortable prescribing an rx that SHE got me to this dosage of and has already written the same rx for HERSELF is what irks me!

i was on this same med and the same dosage when i saw her last. nothing has changed.

anyway, thats my rant and heres my crazy mind solution. i know youre not supposed to F with your meds, but to alliviate having to shell out an extra $50 bucks, im gonna alternate my daily dosage. instead off 100mg a day, im gonna do 75mg then 100mg then 75 mg then 100mg and so on. this will BARELY give me enough to get to my appointment with her and time for the mail order to arrive.

i hate to do it, but honestly, if i dont, im gonna have to keep at my 100mg then run out and be off of it for about a week to 10 days. and i dont wanna do THAT!

im just at a loss cuz we just dont have any extra money left at all. our well pump went out, our washing machine died. our well was then struck by lightening and went out again and now my daughter needs to go to the eye dr for a complete eye examine including dialation and then probably needing glasses, and we are just bone dry money-wise. ;)

we just cant afford one more red cent.

so i guess my question is, and please no sermons, i know i shouldnt F with my meds, i know it and wouldnt do it if i could just go buy more, i swear, but my question is, how weirded out will this make me? will my system notice the varying effects? im crying over this already and worried to hell. please, if anyone knows the effect this might have on me, please let me know.

thanks for reading if you made it this far. i think im depressed now..... :)

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Did you try telling the dr. that you're going to run out of meds if they don't either refill your prescription in the way your insurance covers, or get you in much sooner for a follow up? Just making it that simple for them, "I'm going to run out." and seeing what they have to say?

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Damn right you're not supposed to screw with your meds. But, I'm about in the same damn boat--because of a stupid credit card issue (they're holding my payments up for 15 days for a few months, assholes) it'll be a month before I can make room on the card to order all my 3 month refils so I'm shorting my meds to make it that long. Bad idea? Yeah, but I do what I gotta to survive--3 months for topamax, lamictal, and risperdal: $211. One month: $140 or thereabouts. Damned if I can afford to pop for an extra month at that rate!

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Did you try telling the dr. that you're going to run out of meds if they don't either refill your prescription in the way your insurance covers, or get you in much sooner for a follow up? Just making it that simple for them, "I'm going to run out." and seeing what they have to say?

i told them that and their offer was to call me in a 2 weeks supply which cost the same as paying for an extra month - which we cant afford. ;)

even if they called in a full month, i cant afford that either. the only way we can afford it is to get the stupid 90 supply so we can save the extra $50 bucks.

i'm so tired tonight just thinking about it. all the joys been sucked out of me.....

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Damn right you're not supposed to screw with your meds. But, I'm about in the same damn boat--because of a stupid credit card issue (they're holding my payments up for 15 days for a few months, assholes) it'll be a month before I can make room on the card to order all my 3 month refils so I'm shorting my meds to make it that long. Bad idea? Yeah, but I do what I gotta to survive--3 months for topamax, lamictal, and risperdal: $211. One month: $140 or thereabouts. Damned if I can afford to pop for an extra month at that rate!

thanks for telling me this. at least i know im not the only one in the same boat. sucks dont it? ;)

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I dump my doses if they don't fit my expectation. Granted I have a much higher dose & have other drugs to cover my rump. Did you talk to the Dr. or receptionist & explain you will run out & ask if they have trials sitting around that they can hand over? When you do see the Dr. you might wanta look for a cheaper drug that will do the job.

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well, what a difference a day makes. the actual dr called me this morning. she is going to fax in the 90 day supply TODAY for my full dosage so i wont have to alternate it at all.

she wanted to talk to me and make sure i would come to the follow-up in may and since i promised her i would, shes gonna go ahead and do the fax today so i wont run out at my regular dosage! YAY!!!

shes so flaky though. the receptionist told me yesterday that the dr told her that she hadnt prescribed this dosage on a 90 day supply before and thats why i would have to wait (read OP for info). when i told the dr this today, she denied having said that.

then she said i hadnt seen her since january and that she was concerned about the length between visits. but i got out my trusty calenday and told her i had seen her in jan, feb AND march. i gave her dates and times. she said she didnt have that noted but would check with the receptionist. i told her i could provide her with receipts if she didnt believe me.

i swear, as crazy as i am, im more 'with it' than she is.

oh well. im getting my refills and im happy about that, so i guess all is well! ;)

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well, what a difference a day makes. the actual dr called me this morning. she is going to fax in the 90 day supply TODAY for my full dosage so i wont have to alternate it at all.

oh well. im getting my refills and im happy about that, so i guess all is well! ;)

:)

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Hey glad it worked out, even for all the stress. Sometimes the office staff has to 'follow procedures' in order to keep the workload off the doctor. Good to see that she came through. Hopefully this built up your credibility with the doc, so she knows in the future that you are trustworthy when you say you need something, adn that you make appointments.

have a great day! a.m.

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