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

@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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Good morning Lacey,
Did GoodRx not work for you? It might have changed, but good news, I actually use http://www.drugnetworkdicountnetwork.com This card was at my Dermatologists office. I have it saved to my phone. I checked this morning and at Walmart it will be $7.14.

I also saw some conversation about tiers. It seems Zolpidem is tier 4 on most plans. Also saw mentioned that is addictive. It is NOT addictive, but can be dependent. If you stop you would not have withdrawal, but would have trouble sleeping problems for a while. The diazepam, like Ativan and Valium are the ones that are addictive. The doctor treating my other disease is a Pulmonologist and Sleep Disorder doctor. Since I always use it right he has no problem giving it to me.

I hope this helps. Keep in touch.

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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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@laneyk Elaine, Thanks for making the distinction between the words “addictive” and dependency.” That is a good point. Seeing a pulmonologist and sleep disorder doctor sounds like a good thing in your situation.

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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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So sorry, while looking to see if you had responded I noticed I put in the wrong link. The correct one is http://www.discountdrugnetwork.com

Elaine K.

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Thanks for the new link, I’ll give it a try. GoodRx was very expensive for the meds I wanted, but I was able to get it at Walmarts for a reasonable price. Thanks anyway. Lacey

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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 Laneyk, thank you so much for the information regarding zolpiderm and it not being addictive. Everyone told me it was, I did get a prescription and Walmart filled it for me, but it cost 37.00, but I will get two months out of them. I break a 10mg. in half and it works. I will look into the other site you sent me and check it out. Thanks for all your input, appreciate it. Lacey

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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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I have the card saved on my phone. The pharmacy will go to insurance unless you tell them otherwise. I have used this card for 2 years now for Zolpidem and for my area it costs $7 and change at Walmart.  I have looked at other drugs I take and it would not have saved anything. They were very expensive.Elaine

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Hi Elaine, I just sent for the card at the discount network. I’ll give it a try , and let you know,, thanks. Lacey

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Hi Colleen, sorry it has taken me so long to answer your mail, but I have been so busy, I haven’t had the time to read all the messages, so here I am finally, ha. In a way it paid off for me not being on , as I have learned something new and it will help everyone who needs medication and cannot afford it , as it has skyrocketed. I learned of a FREE
company that will honor your prescription and for less money than you can imagine. Go to GoodRX.com and check it out. I was able to buy zolpiderm ( which costs at insurance price of $37.00 ) for $7.00 for the same amount of pills.
at GoodRX. Hope you all had a wonderful Chiristmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Lacey

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@lacey

Hi Colleen, sorry it has taken me so long to answer your mail, but I have been so busy, I haven’t had the time to read all the messages, so here I am finally, ha. In a way it paid off for me not being on , as I have learned something new and it will help everyone who needs medication and cannot afford it , as it has skyrocketed. I learned of a FREE
company that will honor your prescription and for less money than you can imagine. Go to GoodRX.com and check it out. I was able to buy zolpiderm ( which costs at insurance price of $37.00 ) for $7.00 for the same amount of pills.
at GoodRX. Hope you all had a wonderful Chiristmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Lacey

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Good to hear from you again @lacey. Thanks for following up with your experience with GoodRX.

How is your insomnia these days? Are you getting more sleep?
I got a FitBit for Christmas and I’m trying to improve my sleep patterns. Being on the computer in the evening is not good, but look at where I am again. I guess I have to keep working on it. 🙂

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@lacey

Tell me more, I can get the prescription, but who is this Good Rx?? I have prescription
coverage and it was still costing me $37.00 extra. what a rip.

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Good luck to all my fellow insomniacs! I've dealt with this condition since 2003 and have tried everything (sleep studies, aromatherapy, acupuncture, medications, etc.) – if you have any ideas, please send them my way.

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@laneyk

I had the same problem with insurance and zolpidem. Have you tried Good Rx. I use their coupon and can get for $7 per month. Does not go thru insurance. Of course you need doctors rx. Hope this will help you,

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I've had similar experiences with successful results from Zolpidem and good sleep. Likewise, insurance stopped covering and my Dr. suggested using Good RX. The costs have increased but availability is consistent.

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@dianepenning

Good luck to all my fellow insomniacs! I've dealt with this condition since 2003 and have tried everything (sleep studies, aromatherapy, acupuncture, medications, etc.) – if you have any ideas, please send them my way.

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@dianepenning Hello, Diane. I’ve also suffered from sleep problems.i went to a sleep specialist who had me change my bedtime routine and it has helped a lot. No reading in bed, no lights in bedroom, cool room, stop use of electronics several hours before bed, and no alcohol. It took a little while but it sure has made a difference! Try these and see if they work

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