reply to post by kosmicjack
" Is it possible your drugs were generic?"
Yep. All of them.
When this new PA said she was putting me on the brand name Synthroid, she warned me that my insurance would not cover it. However, my co-pay is $10
per month. Keeping that in mind, she gave me a sample box of the brand name, and on the box is a coupon for $10 off retail for a 90 day supply. So,
she is going to call it in to the Target pharmacy, which apparently sells the name brand for a reduced price. Using the coupon, at Target, I will get
the 90 day supply for $30 dollars, or $10 a month, what I would be paying anyway.
Basically, my out of pocket will be the exact same. The only problem being, I get no "credit" towards what I am paying towards my total out of
pocket, but, it is almost the end of the year anyway. I lose my HMO Dec. 31, so it is a moot point.
Yes, the Metformin too, was generic, and in the end I was taking Metformin LA, long acting, 1000 mg in the morning, 1000mg in the evening, so I had 24
hours of it in my gut. I always had a bleh taste in my mouth, just like that taste right after you just take it. Blech. I never lost that taste in my
mouth, or the constant nausea, and when the abdominal pain wasn't bad, it was always nagging in the background.
The pancreatic attacks with the Onglyza, which was brand name only, there is no generic, started at a couple of times a month, and at the end of 3
months, I was having them as often as 3 times a WEEK. I was literally terrified to eat. I took the med to the last pill, because I wasn't sure this
was what was making me so ill. My husband got my next refill and put it on the coffee table. I got home from work, and the kitties had knocked it off
onto the floor, and lost it. We tore the house apart, and couldn't find it. I called the pharmacy to see if I could replace the lost prescription,
and they said they had to ask the doctor. They called the office, and the girl at the desk refused to ask the PA or doctor to refill it.
The next month came, when I was short on money, and could not afford the co-pay. I asked them to please call in my prescriptions, and the girl at the
desk asked, "Can you come by and get some samples?" I replied, "Not really. It is a 45 minute trip for me one way, I work at night, and it is
really hard for me to get down there after a 12 hour shift. Can't they just call it in?" She said she would ask.
All I got was the levothyroxine, and not the Onglyza. This was not the first time they have done this. They withheld meds on me before, my Metformin,
to "punish" me for not coming in on time. They really have to give the levo, it is life threatening to withhold that drug.
Anyway, it was a blessing in disguise. It gave me reprieve from the Onglyza, and the attacks stopped. Once my blood levels dropped after a week or so,
it was obvious what drug was the culprit. Since then, I have not had even one pancreatic attack, and the abdominal pain is slowly resolving. Still
have some, which may be related to the above discussion on Celiac disease. I am definitely going to look into testing for that. What research I have
done so far is truly looking like that is the culprit for my remaining issues.
I am so glad for everyones' input, because it has really helped me to think all of this through, opened my eyes to some possibilities, and a lot of
helpful ideas, too!
I love the tips for healthy herbal aids and remedies, always looking to do things naturally.
Right now, I am praying the Onglyza has not done some permanent damage. Some of the newer diabetes drugs have caused pancreatic cancer, and I am
really a bit frightened. I cannot express how truly ill I became.
Thanks to everyone for your interest and support, and as soon as I get my labs back, I will post them!
Right now, I am enjoying some fresh coffee with my low carb stand by, Half and Half. Got my calcium and Vitamin D, and some fats for energy. Lower
carb than milk. I prefer whole cream, but it is painfully out of season here till just about now. My next shopping trip, I will change to whole heavy
whipping cream intil February or March.
I use artificial sweetener. No preaching please! I settled on saccharin, as I feel it is the safest and most researched of all. I use it only for
coffee. It is called Fasweet, and I buy it by the case online. Free shipping. Sodium free, calcium added.
Not hungry yet. Haven't eaten since breakfast yesterday. I never eat unless hungry. I know it is bad, but I cannot force feed myself since I got