11/5/07 #1 - Why are abortive medications limited in quantity on prescription plans?

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Why are abortive medications limited in quantity on prescription plans? I find that I take ASA before trying the abortive medications so that I don't "waste" it on a non-migraine headache. I find that I would prefer to have more medication than they allow on the plans. (usually 6 or 9). Thank you for your help. Terri.


Dear Terri;

I think the major issue is cost containment. At a retail price of around $20 per dose, they would rather you use ibuprofen. If you are having more than 1 disabling migraine per week, it may be time to try prophylaxis or suppressive strategies for the migraines.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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