How to be the most patient person when it comes to prescription drug purchases
If you’re a mom who’s tired of waiting, frustrated by doctors, or frustrated by your doctors prescription medicine bills, then you’re probably not alone.
But the truth is that you’re in a very unique position.
As the drug industry and doctors continue to evolve, they’re increasingly making the prescription drugs we rely on for treatment and wellness much more expensive, meaning you need to make sure you’re taking the right drugs at the right time.
“When I first started taking the meds I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is really expensive.
What do I do?’
And then I was able to take them and it helped,” said Jennifer, who asked that her last name not be used.”
I was able get the same results and stay healthy and keep a positive attitude and not be worried about getting sick.
I did get a few drops of flu, but it was just that I took a little bit of that med and then I got to the point where I was feeling better and the symptoms were getting better and I was going to be able to get on with my life,” she continued.
For Jennifer, taking the proper medication for the condition she’s battling helped her recover faster and keep her in remission.
She took a prescription for ibuprofen to help with anxiety, and for a few weeks she was able a little more slowly regain her strength.
“I got a little better, but I had a lot of pain in my knee, which was really hurting me,” she said.
“It’s like the worst knee pain I’ve ever had.
It hurts and it hurts and I feel like I’m never going to walk again.”
It’s not just the price that is driving up the cost of prescription drugs.
While some of the newer versions of medications like the generic versions that are available now, such as Avastin and Zyrtec, are more expensive than the older versions that were available decades ago, those newer versions are also the most effective drugs for treating certain conditions, such a Parkinson’s disease or cancer.
“If you are suffering from a specific disease or if you have certain conditions and your symptoms are getting worse, these newer versions can make the difference,” said Dr. Michael Osterloh, medical director of the American College of Physicians.
“You could be taking two different medications at the same time that could be going against one another,” he added.
“And so that’s why they’re being so effective, because the newer formulations are actually better for the treatment.”
Osterlof says that it’s important to be mindful of how you use prescription drugs, and to be aware of your overall health and how it impacts your overall prescription drug bill.
“It’s a little different than taking the generic version,” he said.
“The generic version, because it’s going to cost you less, and it’s less likely to be associated with side effects, and there’s not that many of these side effects that you get in the newer version.
So, the generic is the way to go.”
While you’re paying a lot more for medications, it’s the price tag that makes it difficult for most families to find the right medications to get the most out of them.
Jennifer says she’s glad she got a prescription, but she’d be more than happy if doctors would lower their prices.
“At the end of the day, if I don’t have the right medication and I can’t afford the medication, then I’m probably going to go back to taking it,” she explained.
“Just like any other medication, it should only be taken at the recommended dosage,” OsterLoh added.
“There’s some people that are going to have higher doses and others that are not going to get as much of the benefit of the drug,” said Nancy, who is a certified nurse-midwife.
“For most of us, it is really important that we get our dosage on the same day that we’re getting the medication.
You need to get your dosage on a consistent schedule, and that’s really important for a lot the different kinds of conditions and diseases that are associated with the medication.”
If you’re one of those families that does need more medication, you should also make sure your doctor knows how to best help you get the right medicine for you.
“If you don’t want to go to your doctor for any of the prescription medications, you can just tell them, ‘Look, I have a friend who’s a registered nurse.
I’ve seen what they’re doing with their prescriptions and I’m going to do it with them,'” Nancy said.
Dr. Osterhloh says it’s crucial for the family to know the specific drugs they’re taking, because there are so many different medications out there.
“That’s the way we can help people manage their condition,” he explained.
“What’s going on with them is not going on their medicine.”
“We are all in this together,”