Insomnia and Cancer

Posted by lacey @lacey, Nov 1, 2016

HI, my name is Lacey, I have been in remission since Jan. 2015 and I feel great except for sleeping issues. I was on
zolpiderm for at least a year and the insurance co. just denied the prescription any longer. Instead , they prescribed
Trazodone which does nothing . I haven’t slept in 48 hours and I feel that no sleep is going to cause worse problems
The zolpiderm let me sleep 8-9 hours a night. Do you have any help for this problem? Thanks, Lacey

I wish it was that easy, I smoked as a kid also and that was easy to quit compared to sleeping. I am
lucky in a way, I never get sick ( except for the cancer ) I am going to try sleeping on the couch sitting
partially upright, I did that last night and I got about 5 hours sleep, better than nothing, thanks for the
info. nice to know someone cares. God bless, Lacey

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@hopeful33250

@lacey I am sorry to hear about your sleep problems. I wasn’t familiar with the medicine that you were previously taking, however, have you considered consulting with a sleep specialist? A sleep study might be helpful in determining the kind of sleep disorder you have. If your previous medicine was one that is addictive, it might take time to adjust to something different. I know of many people who use Trazodone with good results. Perhaps the dosage needs adjusting? In any event, it would be a good time to talk to your doctor regarding your options. Best wishes for better sleep.

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@lacey I’m so impressed with your exercise program. That is great. I’m glad to hear about your participation in Livestrong. I need to look into that as well. Sleep problems have a way of resolving themselves with time and patience. Best wishes and keep in touch.

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@lacey Sometimes starting to go to sleep in a recliner is a good way to start as well. Glad to hear that you got 5 hours sleep, that is an improvement!

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Hi Hopeful, I think I found a cure ( temporary anyway ) I have slept on the couch for two nights now and
I am sleeping almost through the night, feels so good, Of course I am still on my zolpiderm ( 5 mg. ) Lacey

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@lacey

Hi Hopeful, I think I found a cure ( temporary anyway ) I have slept on the couch for two nights now and
I am sleeping almost through the night, feels so good, Of course I am still on my zolpiderm ( 5 mg. ) Lacey

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I am so glad you found a solution.

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Thanks, but I will let you know in a week or so if its still working.

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Hi, just curious if you can afford a higher premium that would be great, or join a discount program that can discount your prescription so that you can continue on your same drug that will be a good option, they also have a new website out for Prescription drug with pricing and which pharmacy has the the lowest prices, I don’t know if you are familiar with the website or not. GoodRx.com. I hope this have been helpful!

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@ydawson

Hi, just curious if you can afford a higher premium that would be great, or join a discount program that can discount your prescription so that you can continue on your same drug that will be a good option, they also have a new website out for Prescription drug with pricing and which pharmacy has the the lowest prices, I don’t know if you are familiar with the website or not. GoodRx.com. I hope this have been helpful!

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Hi there, thanks for the input, but it’s not about the premium, the insurance co. just won’t
give out the script because it is a tier 4 price and too high even though it is a generic. I went
to Good Rx, ( Walgreens )they wanted $ 48.00 for 20 ,10mg. pills, I won’t pay that kind of price , I’ll lie awake each night until I pass out. Thanks my friend. Lacey

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Hi Lacey, thanks for your response. I am a sorry for your pain. The sad thing is if you are on a low tier the doctors will prescribe a pill that will cover some symptoms of some of the disease but not all symptoms. All specialty drugs whether they are name brand or generics that fall under tier 4 or 5 concern your premiums you pay weekly or monthly, a lot of people don’t know about the premium that affect the tiers that cover specialty drugs, that is the reason I ask about your premium. With a low premium you will fall under a 1-3 tier that want cover tier 4 or 5 generics or specialty name brand drugs, I learned that when I was diagnosis this year with MS, and I would have not gotten the treatment if I was paying a lower premium and being under a tier 1-3. I hope this information was helpful. Thanks Yulander

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Hi Yulanda, I don’t think I am in a special tier program, but I am going to look into that, if they want more
money each month, it would be worth it to me, I’ll keep you upgraded. Sorry about your diagnosis, but never
give up, God will answer your prayers, all you have to do is ask him, I did. Lacey

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@lacey

Hi Yulanda, I don’t think I am in a special tier program, but I am going to look into that, if they want more
money each month, it would be worth it to me, I’ll keep you upgraded. Sorry about your diagnosis, but never
give up, God will answer your prayers, all you have to do is ask him, I did. Lacey

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TY Lacey for your prayer’s, given up is not an option, amen!

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Hey Gal, that’s the right answer. Just want you to know, I got my meds from Walmart, way cheaper
than GoodRx. so, shop around and get the best price. Lacey

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