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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:29 am 
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So I take bupe because it's cheaper, sadly it's not cheap enough. I've been on 8mg twice a day for almost 3 years. Obviously I started out on suboxone strips but that's when I lived in NC and my Medicaid paid for everything. But I've been living in Florida for a year and a half now and every week I buy 5 tablets and make them last 7 days that's 45.00$ I found the coupon online for 75% off and was wondering to use the coupon do u have to fill the entire prescription? Could I buy 30 and still get the 75% off please if any knows anything about the online coupons it would help a bunch cause I don't wanna switch to methadone and that's my only other option cause it is covered by my insurance.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:59 am 
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As far as I know, if you use the coupons, you have to get the whole prescription as written for the discount. Is there any way you could get explain to your doctor your financial situation, and have him write smaller but more frequent prescriptions, so that you could use multiple coupons? If you're using coupons like the ones from website, http://www.goodrx.com , and similar prescription discount websites, the smaller the prescription, the smaller the discount though. For example, you enter your zip code, the number of pills/films in your prescription and the strength, and the pharmacy where you intend to fill your rx, and it gives you a printable coupon for a specific discount. If you can't print your coupon for some reason, it gives you a discount code to give to the pharmacist. If you enter a different amount of tablets/films the amount of the discount will also be different. However, I've found that this particular website had the better/bigger discounts. But that was just my experience.

For the Suboxone film manufacturer (Reckitt Benckiser) discount card, the last time I had one it, it could only be used once a month,(it was $50.00 when I used it) , however, the zubsolv manufacturer (orexo) discount card can be used multiple times per month and I believe is a larger discount of $75.00.

When I could no longer afford the brand name Suboxone or Zubsolv, my doctor allowed me to switch to plain mono product buprenorphine, which used to be called Subutex. It has exactly the same active ingredient and same clinical effect but.... It is much much cheaper than the suboxone film! Some doctors are willing to prescribe the generic without the naloxone, and others aren't. Some will only prescribe it to pregnant women. Many mistakenly believe that subutex has a much higher abuse potential due to not containing the naloxone, however, orally, the naloxone has no clinical effect because it's so poorly absorbed by the mucous membranes in the mouth, andthe bit that gets swallowed is destroyed by the liver. I don't know how your doctor feels about prescribing the mono product, but it's worth it to ask if your treatment is going to become cost prohibitive .
At my local mom and pop pharmacy the cost of 90 8 mg films was a little over $700.00. The cost of the exact same number of tablets of 8mg generic buprenorphine is $220.00! That's a huge savings, and something worth looking into, imo. I hope that was at least somewhat helpful to you. I know how you feel. It's a tough spot. I hope you're able to get it all worked out. Please let us know what happens.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:24 pm 
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Thank u so much for the advice. I am on the generic bupe but I will definitely ask my doctor about subutex. I have one more shot to get my insurance to cover it hopefully this time it will work! 3rd time is a charm right. If I can't then I will have to make a switch cause it just to much. Thank you again for helping I am new here and have learned a lot just from reading the post people put up.


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