Can't afford Migraine meds. OTCs?

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    I can't afford my migraine meds-my insurance does not cover. Is there an otc?

     

    I have 'lived' with migraines most of my life and have missed out on many days in pain. I am blessed enough to have insurance for major medical but no prescriptions are covered- I cannot afford $300+ a month for meds- is there any help out there? Are there any over the counter medications that work? Angela.
     

     

    Answer:

     

    Dear Angela;

     

    It's difficult to comment on meds when we don't know if you're talking about preventive meds or abortives for when you get a Migraine. If you need preventives, you could talk with your doctor about supplements such as Coenzyme Q10, magnesium, and Vitamin B2. For abortives, we know of no truly effective OTC.

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    Another option is to see if you qualify for patient assistance programs to get your meds free or at a reduced cost. Check out www.PPARX.org. On that site, you enter the medications you need and some personal information, and it tells you if you qualify. If you do, right there on their site, you can fill out the paper work, then take it to your doctor to be signed.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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    Last updated August 6, 2008.

     

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Published On: August 06, 2008