Discontinued My Ass
I saw my psych again this week. She was confused as to why we’d booked so close together and though it a mistake at first, and then we pieced it together. To her, a change in Zoloft should take two weeks (which was the approximate gap between appointments), while to me it should be more like a month. Considering the depression hasn’t gone anywhere, I can say two weeks deeefinitely didn’t do anything (or the change in dose didn’t do anything). We re-emphasised that I should be on the extended release Seroquel, and that the worst of the depression started again after I got put on normal release. One of the doctors at our surgery told my husband that Seroquel XL had been pulled and that’s why I had to be changed to normal, but I called bollocks then and call bollocks now; the only ‘problem’ with it is it costs like, 90% more than ‘normal’ Seroquel. There’s also this insistence that normal release should be fine, especially if taken at the same time, that it should work fine over a 24 hour period… hah. No. Even in my currently borderline obese state, I still have a super-fast metabolism, and I would speculate that I get through the normal release quite quickly. We’ll see.
But yes, so like as said, discontinued my ass. We took the written prescription from Dr. K to the supermarket with us, where we had it in our hands in like, 10 minutes. Now, I was bemused that it was the first time I’d been handed a batch with an emphasis on the expiry date. That didn’t worry me too much, ’cause like… it’s not going to be the most common drug pharmacies are handing out. If it had been pulled you’d think that they would have said something there, yanno?
We’ll see how it goes. I’ll restart myself on it tomorrow, ’cause I refill my pill box for the night tonight after I take what’s in there. I figure I should have an answer before I see Dr. K in April. Yes, to my vast amazement, she said a month out, and it’s already been booked and fallen into my hot sweaty hands. The only downside is it’s the same time I’m supposed to have a friend visiting who I’ve not seen in years, but hopefully I can reschedule that. I don’t trust my luck in getting appointments in timely fashions enough to try to reschedule. I want this depression licked as soon as possible, yo.
Hope y’all are doing alright out there.
I’m so glad you’re getting the correct medication. What a sham doctor, saying it’s discontinued!! He deserves a SLAP! BAM BAM!! I wish you a quick recovery, friend.
The extent of the claim was that they couldn’t issue it anymore due to some suddenly discovered dangerous side effect, which is double the bullshit. I’m hoping that with my psych reinforcing that it’s the version I have to have that they will fall into compliance rather than making spurious claims. I get that the version is super-expensive, but anyways. Worst comes to worst I pick that specific prescription up at the supermarket instead of at the surgery’s pharmacy.
I’ve gone through similar bullshit with the Abilify, including the insurance company trying to make me pay a $368 !!!! co-pay per month. Thankfully, the pdoc gave me a savings card so I only have to pay $5 per month. Fuckers!
I’ve got a pre-pay card that I pay £104/year for, and that covers all my prescriptions. But I guess my doctor’s office would like to avoid having to spend the money to get it brought in or whatever. We’ll see. I’ll get my extended release if I have to punch a duck for it!
That’s the spirit!! BEWARE, DUCKS!! 😛
Eh. Hate out that you’re depressed. Depression…what can I say? Sucks the life out of a person. So stupid about the Seroquel XR. I had problems with that in the US also. Israel also charged a surplus on the regular “health basket” copay. I tried splitting the immediate acting dose, half morning, half night, but that was, like, zombie all day, forget that. Unfortunately I developed extrapyramidal symptoms so now I can’t take it at all, which is literally a bummer. Hope you get to feeling better very soon! xxx