Post # 1
random question – is there a way to find out how much a prescription would cost, withuot actually getting the prescription ordered and filled?
the backstory is, i went to my gyno and talked to her about switching BC pills because the one i’ve been on is not agreeing with me. she gave me 3 free packs (three month’s worth) and told me to try these, and then if i liked them then she would write another 3-month prescription for me and i could get it filled. she told me to try the new pack after i ran out of my current/old pack. so tomorrow i run out, and am “ready” to start the new pack. however, i had heard from word-of-mouth that the new pack i am trying is VERY expensive, even with insurance. i am wary of “trying” these three new packs, and messing with my horomone levels, only to find out i can’t afford the new pack and have to mess with my horomone levels again to switch to another brand. so i wanted to know how much they would be costing me in advance, so if its too expensive i can just not even start trying it at all. whenever i switch BC brands or horomone levels etc, i feel crappy for a while so i don’t want to do it unecessarily or if i can’t afford to stay with the same brand. to my knowledge, i dont think theres a generic of the new brand either (lo lo estrin fe)
Post # 3
I think you can ask them to check at your pharmacy. I’ve asked at my local CVS and had them tell me how much insurance would cover and how much is out of pocket.
Post # 4
You can try calling the pharmacist? though they might not be able to tell you unless you have a prescription already.
Post # 5
Or call your insurance prescription provider. They’ve got the great big lists of what’s covered at what tier and copay, and so on. If your medicine is NOT covered and you’d have to pay out-of-pocket, your pharmacist should be able to tell you how much that is.
Post # 6
That’s the brand I’m on, and it can be very expensive or more affordable based on your insurance. When I got my new job (and new insurance), my BC was costing $70 a month — um, not possible. But at the new year, we switched to a better insurance plan, and now I only pay $30.
You’re right — there’s no exact generic. It’s a pain. You should try contacting your insurance provider.
Post # 7
I think it depends on a lot of factors. I would call the pharmacy, and do some research online. I was paying over $70 a month with insurance, but with a little extra research I found out how to get one of the discount cards from another person, and it dropped my payments to now $35 (it was $25 but just went up).
I am on LoEstrin 24Fe and its amazing for me. In My Humble Opinion if it works for you, its worth the price to not feel crappy every month because of your BC pills.
Hope This Helps
Post # 8
Call your insurance/prescription plan. Like sweetcrackers said, they’ve got a list of tiers of coverage, and usually price ranges.
Also check online, your provider may have an online formulary where you can type in your medication and it will price it out for you, so you don’t have to call people and wait on hold.
Post # 9
@dallasbride2012: thats a good way to look at it – worth the price to not feel crappy. thank you 🙂
Post # 10
They have a prescription savings card plan through the pharma company. Ask your OB/GYN for the card, and then you activate it and it ends up comp’ing some of the cost. I don’t have insurance coverage for mine, so I pay $56 with the card. Otherwise, it’s $90-something at CVS. I’ve been on it for 2 years, and believe me, it’s well worth it. It gets rid of my period completely (so don’t be shocked if you skip a period) and controls my hormones nicely (yay, no PMS!) and that’s worth the money I pay for it!
Post # 11
Most insurance companies will have a list of medications and what co pay tier they fall under for your plan. I know mine is online so I can look it up my self. Otherwise a pharmacst will have a good idea or they can just run it through your insurance and be able to give you the exact price and then from there you can decide if you want to fill it or not.
Post # 12
Dont call the pharmacy, call your insurance company. They can easily tell you based on the prescription name and dosage
Post # 13
@inspiredcreations: if she has insurance, she can only use on or the other, you cant use a discount card and insurance