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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pristiq

It turns out, our new insurance from my new job, won't pay for DH's Effexor XR, and won't pay for the generic version.  The pdoc appealed and they still said "no way".  So.....that left DH without an antidepressant, and I could tell very clearly that something was missing--he was talking in slow motion again, getting mad about things that usually don't bother him, being even lazier than usual.....

So he called the pdoc and asked for them to prescribe something to replace the Effexor, at least until they can talk the insurance company into cooperating....

The pdoc did not prescribe anything, really.  But what he did do was give DH a month's supply of Pristiq, which, according to what I've found on line, is kind of a super-charged Effexor.  Of course it's new, so I doubt that insurance will cover it, but if the pdoc can give it to him for free, I'm all for that....

Anyhow, I noticed that DH started doing little things, like calling me just to say "Hi".  And making sure the dogs all got pottied at the right times.  And cleaning up after Sarah (yes, she's still there) because there is no amount of pottying for her that will avoid an accident, unless she goes out every hour or so....

Anyhow, at first I was just so thrilled with these little changes, I didn't even think about the Pristiq--since I'd read that it was similar to Effexor, I wasn't expecting any changes.  Then I realized that the only thing that had changed (besides DH's behavior) was the Pristiq.  I like it.  Yay!

6 comments:

In the Pink said...

Pristiq was a miracle drug for my BF so I am glad your hubby has samples.

GB's Mom said...

Anything that works is fabulous!

Anonymous said...

That's wonderful news and a good start for the new year! I hope your new insurance will cover it, sounds like it is better for him, for you, too! Take care, Daisy in Arizona

perphila said...

I hope your insurance covers the new meds. Sometimes you just have to keep trying to find the right fit when it comes to meds. Sometimes what worked before loses it's effectiveness over time. This sounds promising. I hope your mom is doing better too.

Kathie said...

Carol, Pfizer, the manufacturer of Pristiq, has a Patient Assistance Program for those who can't afford the drug. Please check them out at pfizer.com. I hope your dh will qualify for the help offered!

Kathie

Reighnie said...

Hopefully you will be surprised and find out they do cover it.

Get this, they won't cover CDQ's resperdal which is $189.00 at her current dosage. However, they will cover resperidone which costs $191.00 AND before that they were paying for her Seroquel which was something like $289.

Go figure.