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Old 09-19-2013, 10:15 AM   #3671
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Mrs Hoot is a pharmacy tech....I am amazed (and thankful that I have no need of any medication, so far) at the costs of some medicines.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:21 AM   #3672
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Rx costs are a killer. I have a small party when a med goes generic. Last party - Lipitor. Cost $300+, Atrovastatin cost $3.
Me too, then they changed me to Crestor...no generic and I am not tolerating it like I was able the Lipitor...the cardiologist won't change it back.

Most of Shrek's medications are "free" when he is not in the donut hole and minimal when he is in...but this one is a paycheck killer.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:22 AM   #3673
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Me too, then they changed me to Crestor...no generic and I am not tolerating it like I was able the Lipitor...the cardiologist won't change it back.

Most of Shrek's medications are "free" when he is not in the donut hole and minimal when he is in...but this one is a paycheck killer.
There is a good reason he won't put you back on Lipitor. There is a class action suit against it at present. They have found that it can make a patient develop diabetes when they are put on it. I would imagine, that if it can create the diabetes, it can also make it worse over time if you already have it. Great for the heart, lousy for diabetes.

I have one medication for psoriasis that cost $503 for one tube. When I get down to where I can squeeze no more out, I cut the tube open and get the very last drop. Even though I don't have to pay for it, I am very much aware of how much it cost. It blows my mind. No generic available at this time. I forget how long before a med is allowed to go generic. I am so grateful I don't have to pay for any of my meds. Not even a co-pay.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:02 AM   #3674
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There is a good reason he won't put you back on Lipitor. There is a class action suit against it at present. They have found that it can make a patient develop diabetes when they are put on it. I would imagine, that if it can create the diabetes, it can also make it worse over time if you already have it. Great for the heart, lousy for diabetes.
Actually, as a class, most statins have been found to be a risk factor for developing diabetes type 2. My beef with the statins is they cause me muscle pain and weakness, Lipitor causes me less pain and weakness than the Crestor. I have not heard of a class action against Lipitor and I read Medical news daily.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:25 AM   #3675
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Actually, as a class, most statins have been found to be a risk factor for developing diabetes type 2. My beef with the statins is they cause me muscle pain and weakness, Lipitor causes me less pain and weakness than the Crestor. I have not heard of a class action against Lipitor and I read Medical news daily.
I did a Google search for "lipitor class action lawsuit diabetes." There are lots of general results for various law firm or class member recruiting websites, but when you restrict the search results to news sites only, there are zero results. Makes me think there's a lot of scamming going on.

And of course, medications always involve a cost-benefit analysis.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:47 AM   #3676
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We lucked out, Shrek got a phone call from the mail-order pharmacy...they HADN'T shipped yet, the notification e-mail was for something else. (I never saw the e-mail, just got Shrek's version) Anyway, they called to see if he really wanted it and he was able to cancel the order. I will help Shrek compose an e-mail to his doc asking him to change the order to as needed, one inhaler at a time...not a 3 month supply.

And the shave biopsy done on his arm turned out to be benign. Okay, I can start breathing again.
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Good news! Yea.

I've been lucky. Lipitor has not caused me any aches and pains or weakness. I was on Zocor until my HA. The cardiologist switched me over.
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Good news! Yea.

I've been lucky. Lipitor has not caused me any aches and pains or weakness. I was on Zocor until my HA. The cardiologist switched me over.
When I started on Lipitor it was at a lower dose, but then we got to the highest dose and I was starting to feel it, but it was managable with tylenol. Started the crestor and I've done nothing but complain, finally had to switch to an opioid for pain relief. When I separated my shoulder, if that's not evidence of muscle weakness then I'm crazy, that was the last straw and I went off the Crestor. The pain, over the course of a week, disappeared and I could move my arms without pain.

She switched me to just twice a week on the Crestor...the pain isn't as severe as it was, now I only hurt 4 days a week instead of 7. And I hate taking the narcotic.
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When I started on Lipitor it was at a lower dose, but then we got to the highest dose and I was starting to feel it, but it was managable with tylenol. Started the crestor and I've done nothing but complain, finally had to switch to an opioid for pain relief. When I separated my shoulder, if that's not evidence of muscle weakness then I'm crazy, that was the last straw and I went off the Crestor. The pain, over the course of a week, disappeared and I could move my arms without pain.

She switched me to just twice a week on the Crestor...the pain isn't as severe as it was, now I only hurt 4 days a week instead of 7. And I hate taking the narcotic.
That really sucks.
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Very good and welcome news about Shrek's biopsy !!!

We can all use one less thing to worry about !
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