I have used the lidoderm patch a few times in the past and I absolutely love them. They work really well for me some days, especially when the pain is muscular in nature (I have MPS and fibro, doesn't do much for the fibro pain but its a life saver for trigger points) Of course the only reason I can't get them is because of the cost. The pharmacies around me want between $230 and $250 for a box. I tried signing up for the patient assistance program and got denied because medicaid refused to give me documentation saying the wont pay for my prescriptions. I am hoping someone has a recommendation for something that works as well as the patch, either OTC or prescription, my doctor and I have no problem trying non narcotic ways to manage my pain. I have tried every muscle cream out there, heat patches, tiger balm, and the capcial patch (sp)
I'd suggest asking your various doctors for samples, explaining you have a prescription but can't afford it. I hope you can go through a different channel to get the Medicaid denial...doesn't sounds like they can refuse to give you that if that is the truth. Do your doctors have any alternatives? I'm not too familiar with it (doctor gave me a sample once and it wasn't helpful), but I've heard of compounded creams, biofreeze, otc icy hot patches, etc. You may also try to stretch a prescription to last you longer, such as only using them at your worst, or asking your doctor if it is safe to cut them. Some pharmacies may be cheaper, such as Costco or Walmart. If your insurance offers a mail order option, often that is cheaper, but for a larger quantity (so more upfront cost). Hope you find some solutions soon. Best wishes.