I picked up my prescription for my migraine medicine this afternoon. I generally only get two migraines a month, so 24 pills is a year’s supply.

Still. $751.99. Over $31/pill.

I have insurance, so it only cost me my co-pay. I don’t know how people live without insurance. I am not looking forward to how much it’s going to cost me when I retire and no longer have insurance either.


Comments (8)

  1. Yeah, that was the exact pill for my not-funny “joke”: I ate all my migraine meds and went to the pharmacist for more. He said my insurance wouldn’t cover more. I asked if I could buy more without the insurance. He said, “You can, but I bet you don’t.”

    And he was right. I bought a bunch of OTC painkillers.

    Indeed, government health coverage is a different subject for people who have insurance already versus those who don’t.

    (A normal month, I eat 18 of those puppies. To get the same effect in Tylenol would probably require a liver transplant.)

  2. Yes, and how sad is it that one day when I refilled my Maxalt, the pharmacy tech said to me “Does that work well? My insurance from this job won’t cover it.” He works in a freakin’ pharmacy!

  3. One of my current meds is about 5K a month — because I have insurance, my cost is only $40 a month, and the pharmaceutical company actually picks up $35 of that for me, leaving me paying $5 a month.

    I will never be able to retire.

  4. I work at a call center for a mail order pharmacy. Even with insurance, it’s effing scary how expensive things are. Some plans (not many) have $5000 deductibles. Lots of plans, particularly Ford and GM insurance, don’t cover medications like Nexium. The poor medicare folks have deductibles to meet, and some, by the end of the year, hit the coverage gap with basically no prescription insurance until they spend a lot more money. There are the folks on fixed incomes with no credit cards that can’t get their meds because they can’t send a check until the first of the month.

    The worst (as in heartbreaking) are the ones who have a life-threatening disease or are in severe pain and can’t get their medications for reasons like they’re trying to refill a few days too soon, or the order got messed up somehow, or they need to get a prior authorization to last them for a longer period of time, and/or insurance won’t allow them to get any at the store. Hate it hate it hate it, because there’s nothing I can do to help them.

  5. I get auditory migraines a few times a year. I’ve tried Relpax, which is the one migraine med that’s reported to help the auditory kind. It helped somewhat, but I still find that Darvocet is more reliable. 100mg hits my system within half an hour of taking the pill, and while I’m still hypersensitive to every little sound (including my own breathing, sometimes), I just don’t care anymore.

    It’s a very off-label solution, and I’m still somewhat mystified by my doctor’s willingness to hand me Schedule IV narcotics, but for anyone with a cooperative doctor and no insurance it might be worth trying as an affordable alternative. The generic version I take is Propoxy-N/APAP 100. [Disclaimer: not a doctor, narcotic painkillers aren’t for people with addictive personalities, Tylenol+ meds aren’t for people with liver disease, yadda yadda. You’re all smart folks here.]

  6. I have no insurance and can’t get it because of a “pre-existing condition”, so I’ll vouch for the fact that life is difficult without insurance. And add that I’m very disappointed with our government for caving in on the insurance for everyone idea.

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