Prescription Drugs, etc, etc

So the last time I refilled my asthma medicine – the maintenance drug that is effectively an anti-inflammatory for my lungs – it cost $60 instead of the usual $10. No warning. This is, obviously, the after insurance price. I’m not sure I’d still be breathing if I didn’t have health insurance. Yesterday I got a letter* from the insurance company saying that the cost of my asthma medicine** will be going up and I have one more refill before I have to pay the higher cost.

Well, it already went up. A month ago. AND the small print at the bottom of the letter says I will have to pay the full amount of my medicine if I continue to buy it at a retail pharmacy. Further, changing to another drug will save me $600/year… and getting the same medicine from their mail in pharmacy will save me $120/year. Oh, so you want me to stop using the medicine that works just fine do you?

$50 copay to the specialist doctor later and I find out I should be able to switch to another asthma medicine (similar type, in the same drug “family”) and effectively pay nothing because there’s a card to cover the copay for the next 12 refills. And I have a sample since I’m almost out of the old medicine my insurance company decided effectively to stop covering.

Pharmaceutical companies are fucked up man. Eloquent right?


*The whole letter sounded like the insurance company was now in bed with a new drug company.

**Pulimort flexhaler

Evening Primrose Oil

I’ve had good luck with it. I’ve had no major problems with asthma since I started taking it. Been taking 1000mg at night. Still taking the Vitamin B/Vitamin C complex twice a day too… when I don’t forget my morning vitamin and dose anyways.

I haven’t made a decision on the homeopathy and what type of doctor to continue with.

Health update and the doctor

It turns out that daily breathing treatments on the nebulizer seemed to help more than the remedies from the doctor for getting over the asthma problems caused by having the flu. The remedy he mailed me (because I couldn’t take the 30 minute min. one way trip to go pick it up) helped. But, definitely still having asthma problems. Monday I needed the nebulizer – because ? – I was exposed to dust, pollen and dust from storm debris on Sunday.

After a lot of thinking and a discussion with OP (in part prompted by his trying out of a new doctor/saw new doctor for first time yesterday) I’ve realized there’s no reason for me to continue to see my current (homeopathic) doctor. The treatment might be helping – but regardless I feel as if the doctor isn’t helping. If you feel like your doctor isn’t listening to you, and ignores or doesn’t respond to your questions, why continue going? It turns out I had been trying to give the homeopathic treatment a try and that was getting mixed up with dealing with the doctor. There’s other homeopathic doctors in my area – and closer to where I live – I can look into other options.

But, I might go with a holistic approach instead of a strictly homeopathic approach. I’ve been going to this doctor for like 10 months – the list of problems remaining is longer than the list of things that have been helped. Top of the list of problems is my asthma. Secondary would probably be sensitivity to chemicals, fragrances, fumes, strong smells. It’s possible that the holistic approach has been more helpful than anything else since, for one, I’ve become more aware of what symptoms mean.

I still need to cancel my last appointment with the old/current doctor. The other reason is I’d like to see how I am without any remedies effecting me. Will I be better? I’ve already seen differences from right after a doctor appointment (and taking a remedy) and right before.