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No money for meds

My insurance company doesn’t even sell any COPD meds, it’s express scripts, if I order at Walmart or a local drugstore it’s too expensive to buy so I go without. My doctor said ask the pharmaceutical company for help but since there are only 2 of us (both over 60) but still working they say we make too much for them to help, we already pay over $100.00 for other meds we can’t live without, so I just try not to over exert myself and try and stay away from anything that triggers my COPD and my asthma. Some times I feel like I’m taking in my last breath! I don’t know where to turn or what to do, I used to take both spiriva and advair but now I can not afford them with our new insurance.

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Comments

  • SteveM
    3 years ago

    I get a lot of help by taking an herb called Guaifenesin. It is available as a bulk powder or in capsules. I take one capsule a day sometimes two. Guaifenesin breaks down the thick fluid in the lungs and allows the fluid to come out when you breath.

  • Jenn Patel
    3 years ago

    Hi SteveM-

    Thanks for your comment. While different things may work for different people, we’re glad to hear you’re feeling better! It’s important to note that when trying anything new, we encourage people to speak with their doctor/specialists.

    Best,
    Jenn (Community Manager, COPD.net Team)

  • Meaghan Coneys moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi My6grandsons,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are so happy you are a part of our community. Sorry to hear you are experiencing difficulties with medication and insurance. We hear you and we definitely understand your frustrations. I thought you would be interested in the following articles – https://copd.net/guest-expert/expert-answers-saving-money/, https://copd.net/living/afford-medicine-ideas/. They discuss various affordable treatment options and provide resources that you can connect with to help you with obtaining the medication you need. I hope you find them helpful! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out. We love hearing from you. Hope you have a lovely day.

    Warmly,

    Meaghan (COPD.net Team)

  • valbake
    3 years ago

    Express-scripts does sell copd meds. Perhaps the problem is with the prescription coverage and drug tiers that are made available to you. You should dig a bit deeper with your health plans customer service. I get advair, spiriva, proair and singulair from express-scripts.

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