Before I agreed to try it I called my health insurance company to see if they would cover it. I was told they would with “prior authorization.” This basically means that your doctor has to tell them you need it. Well, that didn’t work out. The FDA has not yet approved the medication for bipolar disorder, but for other mental illnesses, so they will not approve it. Suck, I know.
I went and saw my psychiatrist today and was in his office when he called to follow up on his appeal. The drug manufacturer said that I could apply for financial assistance which is based on my income. So, that is the next step as I cannot the over $800/month cost out-of-pocket. (!)
There have been some side effects, but nothing I can’t handle or think will go away as my body gets use to this new regiment. I feel good. Sure, I have my moments, but I have bipolar disorder, some of that is bound to leak out now and then. I hope I can make this medication affordable and make it work. We shall see.
Side note: If you are having trouble paying for your medication (mental or otherwise), check with the medication manufacturer about financial assistance. You may qualify for a discount or even get it for free. It is worth a shot.
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