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My brother is on Effexor XR, but has no insurance.  He's getting free appts thru our health dept for pdoc, but he has to pay full price for his meds.  He was wondering if their is something similar to Effexor that may be cheaper, and if a generic for Effexor may be coming out anytime soon.  He doesn't see his pdoc until March.

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1) He should ask his doc/pdoc for samples. The last year I was on Effexor (which was up until this Spring), my doc kept me going on samples alone. Most docs are sensitive to this issue for patients who are financially strapped, and I think distribute their samples accordingly. At least that been my experiences with several docs/pdocs over many years.

2) He can buy them from a Canadian Pharmacy. That's how my mother's been getting her Effexor after Kaiser stopped covering it. I think she saves maybe 40-50%? (Not sure.)

3) In October, Teva Pharmaceuticals gave this press release:

Teva and Wyeth Announce Settlement of Effexor Xr

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