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Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by ForcedEntry, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. ForcedEntry

    ForcedEntry Lilo got stitched
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    I have read all of the information on Pfizer's website (dosage, interactions, clinical studies, etc).

    I was wondering about cost w/o insurance?
    If it is covered by insurance, specifically Aetna? (Zyban is not)
    Do you have any patients using this drug?
    If so, have they relayed any feelings towards the drugs efficacy or side-effects?

    A few years ago I tried Wellbutrin (under supervision) and it was working great. However, after a month, I had to cease therapy due to Pulmonary Ventricular Contractions. Needless to say, I caved in and began smoking again.

    I am ready to quit...I just want drugs to help. I'm not looking for "medical advice" (see HR 5668 thread), I want advice only a pharmacist could provide :love:

    Thanks
     
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  3. dgroulx

    dgroulx Night Pharmacist
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    There a couple of studies that you might want to read in the July issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It was compared against buproprion and placebo. It looks like it does better than buproprion in helping people quit smoking. My insurance company is choosing not to cover it. It costs about $120 for a 30-day supply, because you take it BID.
     
  4. WVUPharm2007

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    Cost through Cardinal was $80-something. Just find a friend in retail to give it to you at cost.
     
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    Give up now. You can't quit smoking. It's stronger than you. :smuggrin:
     
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    You may be one of the 30% of people taking the drug that end up with nausea and vomiting...
     
  7. ForcedEntry

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    Well 10% of the people on placebo complained of the same problem. I don't care about no stinkin nausea! If my balls had to shrink for the drug to work, I would sacrifice the boys.
     
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    Real men quit cold turkey.. and don't look back.
     
  9. golf299

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    I had a patient yesterday with a script for it... they were to take one tab daily for 3 days, then BID x 4days, then two tabs BID x 12 weeks. The total cost of the treatment was going to be $650.
     
  10. dgroulx

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    Where do you work? We priced it by phoning Target and asking how much it would cost and it was about 1/2 of what you just quoted!
     
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    In the Marines I learned to never quit...and I'm not a real man, I just play one on the SDN forums
     
  12. golf299

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    the total number of tablets for the script was 340-something... so it was a little less than $2/tab... not too crazy if you think about it like that.
     
  13. sdn1977

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    Now....think about how much each year of your life is worth if you die due to smoking. It hard to put a price on time lost......

    Now....think about how much suffering you've seen from pts with emphysema, heart disease, cancer or their families with similar illness & how much not having to go thru that is worth.

    Now...think about how much your SO &/or kids might pay just to have you back & healthy for a few more years.

    Now...is any amount of money you might have to spend to help you quit smoking too much?

    Whatever works - do it. Mostly though - have a great support system & be willing to be nagged to stop smoking for those people you love (your SO & kids). You can always choose to kill yourself, but smoking around others kills them too - just slower!

    Good luck!
     

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