By Ali A.
I’ve been a migraine sufferer practically my whole life, but feel fortunate that I have found a medication that works for me — Relpax. I’ve been taking this for about 15 years now, and you take a pill at the onset of a migraine and within minutes, the pain dissipates. It’s a miracle drug.
Relpax doesn’t have a generic version, so it can get quite expensive. I believe under my insurance it was $60 for 12 pills (YIKES) but I was able to get a coupon from the Relpax website to decrease the cost to $10, which is amazing. I refill this prescription every month, so $10 is obviously WAY better than $60.
However, something changed with my insurance this year, and when I went to pick up my Relpax yesterday, the pharmacist informed me it was $330. I was floored. $330 for 12 measly pills. I literally was on the verge of tears and I needed to refill these (I only had one left and my fellow Migraineurs know that is not OK) and couldn’t believe how this could happen. Turns out the new insurance I’m on has a very high deductible, and I basically have to pay full price until I reach that.
Having this chronic condition has affected many things in my life, but sometimes I forget the monetary affects it’s had as well. I’ve spent SO much money on medications and treatments and neurologists. I guess I just wanted to know if anyone else has encountered issues like this (this isn’t the first time this has happened to me in the last 10 years) and what they did about it. Most people would laugh and refuse to pay that astronomical amount for a medication, but what do you in the instance where you NEED it?