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    I went to the doctor. to give this a try to help quit smoking. The doctor wrote me a prescription for it and called it in. I went to the pharmacy to fill it and was told it cost $127.00 and my insurance does not cover it ! You would think that as unpopular as smoking is that this stuff would be covered by insurance. The Pharmacist told me there are coupons on line for the stuff. If I get it I will post the cost and how it worked.
     
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    Good luck. Yeah you think the insurance co. would want to help folks quit smoking.
    Reminds me when I hurt my back. Doc just gave me an RX but I didn't want to take pain pills.
    I was terrified at the idea of a chiropractor but finally relented. Huge relief and he treated the problem, not the pain.
    Called Ins. Co. - nope not covered (this was prob 8 years ago). I straight-out asked the lady "so, you folks would rather I just take pain meds indefinitely than seek treatment that actually corrects what's ailing me?"

    "Uh, that's one way of putting it".
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    You would have spent that plus more in cigs anyway. Chantix works. I was a 4 pack a day smoker. Used Chantix and was smoke free for a year.
     
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    Why should health insurance pay for something to help you quit a voluntary habit?
     
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    Maybe the same reason they pay for alcohol and drug rehab?
     
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    I see your point there, but insurance covers injuries due to sports, car accidents resulting from DUI, and liver disease due to alcoholism. I will get the pills and give them a try, and the cost will come out of my fun money fund. But considering that employers can now fire you for smoking, and property owners can choose not to rent to you if you smoke, and there are a shit load of smoking related illness you would think it would be cheaper to just cover the pills rather then treat the smoking related illness.
     
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    Medicaid won't cover it either. The price is most likely due to the fact that it's not generic yet.

    Also, frankly, it's success rate isn't what it is cracked up to be. For people that don't want to quit but hope Chantix will be some sort of "magic pill" it's basically worthless. It does beat nicotine patches at least in the short term.

    By 1 year, these numbers aren't great. The Confidence interval crosses one, which basically means there was little to no difference.

    Varenicline versus transdermal nicotine patch for smoking cessation: results from a randomised open-label trial
     
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    It's because, contrary to popular belief, close to 90% of low back pain resolves on it's own. The medications are just to keep you moving until that happens.
     
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    I mess up when I get to that three or four day "hump". The side effects are scarey to.
     
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    Because it's pennies on the dollar in the long run.
     

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