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So, when I started Lamictal, I was warned that it would be horrifically expensive. I managed to save a lot of money, and I figured I'd let you all know how I did it.

I have a prescription for 100mg, and that would normally cost nearly $200 per month.

I realized the 100mg and 200 mg pills were nearly the same price, so I asked for 15 200mg pills instead of 30 100mg pills. When I split these pills, it drops the price to $95 per month.

Then I used a free online discount card (yourrxcard.com) to drop it to $73. (The same card also drops my bupropion prescription from $80 to $32)

If I were to mail order it, I could get it down to $69 per month. That's pretty cheap IMHO. If you're on 100mg, you should give it a try.

I know generic Lamictal (lamotrigine) is coming out soon, but I don't know when. Do you guys know?

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It is more expensive than the first anti-convulsant I was on, but here in Sweden they have a socialized medicine system which places a limit on out-of-pocket medical expenses, including prescription drug costs. When you reach that limit then all your doctor's visits and prescriptions are free. It's starts over every year but if you go to the doctor as often as I do, and have a lot of medications then it doesn't take very long to reach the limit.

A good friend of mine is currently undergoing treatment for Hodkin's Lymphoma, and all his doctor's visits, treatments, and prescriptions are free of charge. The system here doesn't allow people to die if you can't afford your treatments.

Too bad the establishment in the US believes that socialized police, fire departments, libraries, and schools are absolutely necessary, but that a socialized medicine system is tantamount to embracing Socialism.

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Too bad the establishment in the US believes that socialized police, fire departments, libraries, and schools are absolutely necessary, but that a socialized medicine system is tantamount to embracing Socialism.

I agree with that in some sense. The thing is, the other public systems require much less training, funding, and research.

There's a lot of money to be made in the health market. As a result, very bright and talented individuals are drawn to it. This leads to new drugs/treatments. If it wasn't for the money to be made, they would probably move to another field (Engineering, etc).

If I'm not mistaken, a large share of the medical technologies are developed in the U.S. and then marketed to the rest of the world at differing prices to ensure maximum economic gain. Even if drugs aren't developed in the U.S., their creators stand to make a large share of profit from our system.

IMHO, if the world used a socialized system, the gains would diminish. While more people would be saved in the short run, more would die in the long run due to the slower rate of technology development.

At least people try to do what they can to help the poor. That free drug card I found is fantastic. It's created around a simple principal, but someone must've put a lot of work into it to make it possible.

The US system pretty much allows everyone to be treated, but it's not centralized - it's capitalist based. As a result, it can be a royal pain in the butt to navigate if you're new to it. Really, I think the government just needs to spend a little more money educating the public on how to use the healthcare system.

Your thoughts?

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as i've mentioned before

it IS generic in the us ... if you don't mind taking a bunch of 25 mg. chewable tablets instead of just one or two tablets for your daily dosing. it's a hell of a lot cheaper for me with my sometime bass ackward prescription rider. it saves me $40 a month to take a handful of the 25 mg. teva lamotrigine tablets rather than one gsk lamictal tablet. worth it for me.
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Yeah, I knew about the Teva 25mg generic. Teva was granted the ability to sell generics at that dose and under, but it would actually be more expensive for me to use those.

I thought I heard that Teva would be able to produce all doses of lamictal this summer, but I think the other companies can't sell it until Jan 2009. I know they have FDA approval already.

On a side note, I just tritrated up, and all I feel is the giant-butcher-knife-stabbing-me-in-the-temple feeling. Weirdest headache ever. I'll feel fine, then suddenly it feels like my head is exploding for 10 seconds, then back to business as usually. People have actually seen me randomly cringe, and I get funny looks.

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ah right. i was using the part of my brain that says "you have insurance that gives you a month's worth of generic for $10, no matter what". my bad. or rather, my apologies for not thinking it all through with pill count etc.

how long has it been since the beginning of your titration? from what to what? just curious.

wmwid

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