Re: How to get a doctor to prescribe me a benzo?
Originally Posted by UltraShy
Originally Posted by AprilEthereal
Yea, if you don't have insurance you will go broke. You definitely need insurance to take medication.
Benzos are generic & cheap. Other meds, well, many of them are simply obscene.
Even with insurance, the cost of these new drugs on the market is ... disgusting. Some examples from the BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama Rx database:
- - INVEGA 9 MG ER TABLET - #30 - $518.46 (It's just a metabolite of Risperdal! jeez... I feel sorry for those suffering from psychosis because they'll probably be turning over their rent/mortgage and car note to their pharmacy each month.)
- LUVOX CR 150 MG CAPSULE - #30 - $109.25 (Apparently slapping a time-released mechanism was the SECRET to unleashing fluvoxamine's potential for treating social anxiety disorder because regular fluvoxamine is not indicated for social anxiety disorder, yet Luvox CR is. Hmm. I call bull_sh*t.)
- XYREM 500 MG/ML ORAL SOLUTION - 540mL - $1,041.50 (F CK. THAT. If I ever develop narcolepsy, I'll try my hand at crack before shelling out over a grand each month for a bottle of prescription date-rape cocktail.)
- ADDERALL XR 30 MG CAPSULE - #60 - $274.51 (Remove the 7 and you'll be within $1 of the price of generic Adderall IR 30mg #60 count, which is refunded 100% because it's generic, so it's technically free. The Adderall XR, however, is not. )
Yet those without any health insurance at all are sure to pay much more than what's listed above - those prices are simply "insurance-adjusted" prices, which is another way of saying that they are what BCBSAL thinks best/most reasonably affordable for everyone covered in the insurance group my dad is a part of. But there are plenty of people who have $5, $10, $20, etc. copays, which means that once they meet their yearly deductible (just as I have to first meet mine before benefits kick in each year), they're practically getting these $200+ medications for less than the gas money spent driving to the pharmacy. I wonder what all these grossly cost-inflated medications are really worth. I'm betting they all cost close to $1 to manufacture, but I could be wrong
At any rate, the goal remains the same - maximize profits without a care for the consumer!
(What, did you think the goal was something sensible like offer help to those in need without demanding their net worth and/or first born child in return
), so the retail prices are increased by tens or even hundreds of thousands of percent.
Call me crazy (despite the fact that I actually am
), but I think doctors are starting to invent diseases just so drug companies can make and market new drugs (which invariably cause erectile dysfunction
). Seriously! When I first saw a commercial for a drug that treats Restless Legs Syndrome, I thought it was a joke or a mockery of something, but I was wrong. Apparently hundreds of thousands of people lie awake at night due to unbearable creepy-crawly leg sensations
), so the obvious answer is to give them a drug originally designed for Parkinson's patients!
I think I have Restless Left Ear Syndrome. Something for Alzheimer's should do the trick.
I now must retreat back into my cocoon away from the world or I'll further the mental damage that's already been done.
Wellbutrin SR 300mg, Eskalith CR 900mg, Luvox 100mg
Things I have tried:
Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Effexor XR, Remeron, Wellbutrin SR, Eskalith CR, Topamax, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Ambien, Restoril, Desyrel, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Inderal, Lopressor, Thorazine, Lamictal, Abilify, Depakote, Geodon, Seroquel, doxepin, chloral hydrate