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#1 ssakar

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:16 AM

I went to have some new prescriptions filled yesterday and I totally freaked out when I saw the cost of the Protonix!! There is no way I can afford it right now....I don't get my Medicaid card until March.

Anyway - the pharmacist said I could use something similar.....an OTC generic product. So I guess I will use it for the time being. He had several OTC options. Would ya'll recommend one over the other? If so, please send me a PM.

I am still taking the Prilosec too.

The thing I was wondering is.......does Medicaid cover Protonix? The pharmacist said Medicaid doesn't cover alot of drugs.....hmmm I had no idea.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 04:08 AM

Sakar, I take what the doctor tells me too. My mom does take one over the counter. But she also takes something else for it as well. Prescription. I'm thinking that medcare should pay for the protonix, you should call them to make sure though. that is the only way you will know for sure. Good luck, and I'm sorry to hear that you can't afford your protonix right now, maybe you should shop around at other drug stores to get the best deal, not all are the same. Sam
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 04:23 AM

Hi Sakkar,
I too am on Protonix,,,and I do have insurance, however, the co-pay is 40.00, which is nothing compared to the full price.(but it still hurts..especially when several of the other meds I am on have high co-pays as well) I am not sure if this is much cheaper, but they gave me Nexium in the hospital last week in place of the Protonix, which the nurses told me was basically the same thing. The other suggestion I have, is Prilosec, before I went on the Protonix, I was taking it twice a day..(40mgs) which is the same dose of Protonix I am on... it worked out cheaper to be on the Protonix, for me, anyway, than buying the Prilosec OTC at the local pharmacy...hope that helps.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:45 AM

Sakar,
I take Prilosec OTC and it actually works better than Protonix for me. Unfortunately, it's still not cheap because I have to take 2 per day, but it cheaper than the $40 copay they were charging for protonix. The pharmacist told me that the insurance companies have upped the co-pay on all PPI's in order to discourage people from using the prescription kind. Go figure.
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#5 ssakar

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:49 AM

I got my medicaid card today........yippeee So I called them to see if Protonix would be covered and they said I needed a doctor authorization. So I went to visit my doctor and they called and was told that the only way they would cover the Protonix is if 2 other med's didn't work for me. Well, that wasn't the case so they didn't authorize the Protonix.

BUT - The doctor wrote a prescription for the Prilosec and they covered it.... so I guess I will just be taking the Prilosec 2x a day. I still think I need to be taking another type pill along with it?

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 10:22 AM

Sakar,
I beleive Medicaid coverage on drugs varies from state to state. You should be able to go online and get a list of the covered drugs. I would then make several copies and take them with you to various Dr. Appts..have them place a copy on your chart. I would also not be shy in asking for samples ifrom every physician. Even if your GI Dr. ordered Protonix, ask your PC, cardiologist, etc for samples. Beleive me, the drug reps are VERY generous with these types of medications. I have a friend on Medicaid with some serious health issues and these are things she does. Good Luck.