Monday, September 17
Throwing Good Medicine Down the Drain
He had gotten his prescription filled, taken one dose, and later that day, he threw it into a public trashcan with a bunch of other trash. He didn't even realize it until much, much later.
We were not happy.
Our co-pay for this drug is $35. Now maybe that isn't a lot for some families, but if your household is anything like ours, you're on a tight budget. We budget a certain amount each month for doctor's appointments and medications, and our (ridiculously) expensive health insurance. I knew that shelling out an extra $35 for medication was going to sting, but just a little - especially compared to something like a failed transmission (July) or insurance for an unexpected new vehicle (August). The main problem was the hassle of explaining to the insurance company that my husband simply lost the medicine. He didn't sell it, take it all, give it to someone else, feed it to the cat... or whatever else they suspect when this happens. Fortunately, the doctor's office was quite understanding and helpful. Although it wasn't immediate, my husband was able to get his replacement prescription within a reasonable amount of time... considering.
So it was actually a little while before my husband took his Nuvigil and Prozac together. What a difference! One day he actually said, "I feel great!" I was very happy to hear it. Finally, a drug combo that worked perfectly! (Yes, I know, go ahead and roll your eyes.) A short time later, I asked my husband if he was still feeling great, and he was, but... Taking them together seemed to have a few side effects after all (of course). Mild anxiety, appetite suppression, and feeling wired. As we talked, I realized that those symptoms sounded awfully familiar. Sure enough, moments later, he said, "It basically feels like Adderall without the aggression." Immediately, I thought, Oh no! Not again! But he went on to explain that without that Adderall Edge, he actually felt okay, just a little too wired. After a day when he got up at 4am, mowed the lawns, washed the car, ran errands and then started on a major project in the garage, I had to agree. Wired? More like AMPED.
For now, our solution is for my husband to continue to take the Nuvigil daily, and take the Prozac every other day. When he sees his doctor again this month, we'll talk about adjusting dosages. If that doesn't work... back to the drawing board.