I had an appt. with my MDS today and she suggested adding Azilect to my Sinemet to help even out my on/off episodes. I have read that many of you are already taking Azilect. I have private insurance (i.e., I don't have group/employer coverage, I pay for my own policy) and the drug is in the formulary so I looked up the cost on the internet this evening and found that it costs about $510.00 per month! I'm curious about how others afford this drug. I also would like to know if anyone thinks it is so beneficial that it would be worth $510/month. Thanks for your help.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 06:54 PM
Gardener, female, 58, diagnosed at 55, 650 mg of Sinemet daily.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 07:31 PM
I take it. Have taken it since 2006 when I was in the original drug study. I would not pay $510 per month for it. Currently, my insurance through my job has formulary drugs via mail order for $60 for a three month supply.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:03 PM
When I was first diagnosed with PD, my Neuro wanted me to start taking Sinemet. But, I didn't want to start taking "heavy" drugs. So I was prescribed Azilect. Like you, with my Medicare Part D plan, it would have been super expensive. Fortunately, since I'm a Vet, I can get a 90 day supply for $27 from the VA.
My experience with Azilect (prior to starting Sinemet) was that it did not offer me any reduction of my tremors. After 3 months, I went on Sinemet. The only reasons why I still continue to take Azilect is 1) For me, it's cheap and 2) My Nuero thinks I should stay on it (no harm no foul).
Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:41 PM
For my husband, we pay $50 for a three month supply through our insurance, it is what they call a "Tier 3 Drug". Once the insurance company made a mistake and removed my husband from our coverage (was supposed to be our son who got a job with insurance!). We went to pick up the Azilect and it was going to be $1,400 for a three month supply. We waited a few days until the insurance company could get his coverage straightened out before getting the prescription. I don't think we could pay the $510 a month.
Husband diagnosed in 2005-Medicines: Azilect, Artane, and Amantadine; Sister and Best Friend from Childhood also have PD
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