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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:48 pm 
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Can any doctor write Subutex as long as its off label for pain? I am thinking about going in with my mother on her next PCP visit and asking him if I was to get him to write it, would he do so for me to save money.
I mean compare 60 dollars for an office visit to 300 dollars, and then the medicine price of Subutex vs. Suboxone that is a huge savings in money. I know he is more than likely able to write it but having the responsbility of writing it knowing that I wouldnt be using it for pain and using it for addiction treatment might be a sticky situation. Although if I was in there and just asked him and explained the problems, I am just looking for a way to save some money every month.
I hate to take about 4-500 dollars of my husbands new income and put it towards me. Im sure that some of you guys feel that way as well.
Something else, do any of you guys have a discount card that actually works? If so, point me towards a link please if you could. I posted this before and it timed out on me and didnt get a chance to post. Walgreens has one that you have to pay for but it only saves 14.99 on the script itself. I am sure that there are more out there somewhere, but I am looking for someone that has one that has used it and it worked and saved atleast maybe 25 bucks off? Something close to that would be good or above. If its a paid one, that is fine too. My appointment is tomorrow at 3pm and I am trying to come up with another way to save as much as I can.
I am supposed to be on 2 a day, but I average 1 a day and sometimes less. My script costs about 250 and then the coupon takes 50 off that. That isnt all that bad, but I just wish that I could find a way to save more. I am a coupon cutter and I try to save and scrape every dime that I can in every way possible. So any help would be nice guys thanks so much


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If only it was that easy. I wish.


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Yeah I know I wish that it was easy too. I know that it will never be that way, I guess we are all hopeful.


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I wouldn't trust a Doc who was in any way willing to lie or look the other way or whatever it would be by writing a script under the guise of pain control but for someone who is going to tell them up-front that they have no legit pain issues, just my two cents.

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I have heard many stories of people who go to pain clinics to get Subutex prescribed because its cheaper and covered by their insurance as where going to a Suboxone clinic and getting Suboxone might not be covered. Alot of people do this, I am not the first one that has thought about it.
I just didnt know if a regular physician could write it off label for pain and it could be taken as maintennance for opiate addiction and what would be the harm if someone did that and the doctor agreed? Other than saving someone about 400 bucks a month, I see no problem whatsoever. My doctor which is also my mothers doctor wont write unecessary tests if you dont have insurance even if you need them, now if its a medical emergency that is one thing. If its something that can wait or be put off awhile, he will do so until you can either save up for it or come up with some insurance.
He also does labwork in the back of his office to save patients from going to the hospital to have it done. If you go to the ER, its about 200 bucks upfront. If you do it at his office, its about 40 bucks upfront. We spoke to him back in November about the situation I had at the time, husband was unemployed and that check just wasnt covering everything and I had to stop Suboxone treatment that month. I figured that I could do Tramadol and Klonipin to come off Suboxone, he said if it was monitored that I should be ok but the Sub withdrawal was going to be very strong. He was right, I hadnt even began to taper because we didnt figure there would be a month where I would have to miss treatment.

I should have asked him then if he could do that, but I am guessing he would say no. Once doctors write it and the word gets out that they can write it off label for pain, people would beat the door down around here to get into the office. He has been too good to me and my mother for him to be a shotty doctor. If it hadnt been for him. my mother wouldnt be here today.


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