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I'm stopping two of my medications.

This is not an uninformed nor rash decision.

The two medications that I'm stopping are Avandamet and Crestor.

Avandamet is for my diabetes. It runs around $250 a month, give or take.
Crestor is for cholesterol. It runs around $80 a month.

My cholesterol is not horribly high, but with the diabetes, the doctor wants to keep it low.

The Avandamet is another story. It does definitely whack my blood sugar way down. However since I've been exercising regularly, my blood glucose level has been staying fairly normal.

I'm still taking one diabetes medication (glyburide) and an antidepressant (Lexapro). Together they run me about $100 a month.

The reason is primarily financial. Saving over $300 a month is not insignificant, particularly with my current financial bind. That's $1500 over 5 months.

I am also keeping a very close watch over my glucose levels. If they start to go up, or if I start feeling wonky, I can get the prescriptions renewed.

No, I don't have health insurance. Primarily because I am a contractor, and I'm not really at any one place long enough to be able to participate in any group insurance programs. I could get personal health insurance, but there are some serious costs involved, particularly with a pre-existing condition.

Why not just get a job that has health insurance?

Silly me for not thinking of that. I'll just go right out to WAL*MART and get one, shall I?

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alcippe
Dec. 6th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC)
I don't have health insurance either. Which is difficult because I suffer pretty badly from asthma and need prescription medicine so I can deal with the attacks I have. All I have is one "rescue" inhaler right now. If I want anything more I must see a doctor ($200) to get new prescriptions, and then buy them ($120 per medication). So for now I suffer and save money because I am too cheap to insure my own health.

I wish the company I work for would just hire me, damn it.

Anyway, I feel your pain.
magicmarmot
Dec. 6th, 2004 08:37 pm (UTC)
I've been pretty lucky to not have asthma. I do have issues with sinuses due to a weird birth defect (I don't have all of my sinus cavities), but I haven't been extremely ill for over a year now.

Is there anything over-the-counter that can help? I know that Advair has some really good results, though I suppose that's the expensive prescription part. I used to be able to buy ephedrine over the counter in truck stops (white cross), but I suppose it's all crap these days.

Hell, I wish some beautiful rich woman would take a liking to my sexy ways and have me as her "kept man".

(And to truly feel my pain, you'd have to touch my ass.)
fairoriana
Dec. 7th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
I just want to double check. Are you SURE you're not stopping important medications for your health to get back at the person who put you in this financial bind, and show her the drastic and dire consequences of her actions? Because if you need these medications and aren't getting them, she isn't the one who's going to suffer. You are.

I would recommend that you think on this at least another week before doing anything about it. You've had an extrordinarily difficult week -- financially and emotionally.
magicmarmot
Dec. 7th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
To answer your question: yes, I'm sure.

I'm not about to screw up my health just to "get back" at her. I've been working way too hard on myself to use my health as a token.

For one, I'm not blameless in the situation. For another, I dislike blame in all of its forms, and eschew it in favor of responsibility.

I am keeping a strict eye on my blood glucose. And I've started taking creatine before the exercise, which is helping me not only increase the intensity of my workouts, but is also helping to increase the cellular response to insulin.

So far it seems to be working quite well.
fairoriana
Dec. 7th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
If you think you can eliminate the medication because you've mostly eliminated the need, then go for it.

I'm sorry if I was out of my place for asking that, and I'm glad that's not your motivation.
magicmarmot
Dec. 7th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC)
Not out of place at all-- thanks for caring enough to ask. :)
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