Prescriptions

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I'm currently going under diagnosis for inflammatory arthritis and was wondering how many prescriptions a month I might be getting when I go for treatment? Is it worth paying for them yearly?

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    There are so many treatment options. It may take some trial and error to find which works best for you. In the past 3 months I have started and stopped 5 different rx's and will begin a new one tomorrow.
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      I got a toxic liver from Methotrexate and on Arava it didn't help at all with the flare and I now have peripheral neuropathy(possibly a side effect of Arava). I will be starting my second Biologic and hoping for relief. I've also been prescribed ibuprofen for pain and have gotten no relief. Tramadol is helping somewhat. Prednisone was prescribed as a bridge to help with this flare while waiting for a DMARD or Biologic to kick in and hopefully get me to remission.
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    I've just copied and pasted this from the NHS site: 

    "A 3 or 12 month PPC covers all your prescriptions for that period, no matter how many you need.

    A prescription costs £8.20 per item, but a PPC costs:

    £29.10 for 3 months

    £104 for 12 months

    This means if you’re going to buy 4 or more prescriptions in 3 months, or 14 or more prescriptions in 12 months, it may be cheaper to buy a PPC.

    You can pay in 10 monthly instalments if you buy a 12 month PPC." 

    I used to get a 3 month one, stock up just before it ran out and then got a new one when I needed the next batch and that was cheaper for me than the annual one - but it is very convenient, you don't have to pay each time. 

    A good pharmacy will tell you about it - but you can phone the helpline and get one very easily if you have a debit or credit card. I once filled in the form at Boots pharmacy and they promptly lost it so I never went to them again! Independent chemists are the most helpful in my experience - but they are a dying breed of course aren't they!

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    Well worth getting a PPC if you are prescribed 3 items or more..If not pay as you go..It depends on how they are prescribed....I have 2 drugs that I get a 60 day prescription, and one which is 30, so its actually cheaper for me to pay as I go. But pay by monthly Direct debit, you have more control of your spending, especially as you may well get changes to your prescriptions over time.

     

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    What I forgot to mention is that I am a full time student and don't have a steady income but will get nearly £3000 in one go for my student loan, is it worth just getting a year one then I'm covered?
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      If you need something regularly, whatever it is, then you will at the very least break even with the annual one - the medication you're already on will be 12 of the 14 you need if your doctor will only give you monthly repeats.
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