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Old 12-03-2005, 06:00 AM
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Default provigil/narcolepsy

My narcolepsy began in the early seventies, when I was a freshman in college. I also used to get sleep paralysis quite fregrently, but now only get the sleep paralysis off and on--very infrequent, and haven't had it for about 2 yrs now. It is terrifying, and I am glad it is infrequent. I think it happens when I am under undo stress/overload. I try to keep my life more balanced now( I am 55). However, I was not officially diagnosed until 1981, and I refused treatment because I wanted to have a family. Dexedrine/ritalin was the choice treatment which is a no-no during pregnacy. My symptoms continued(narcolepsy) & I decided to get a second opinion from another leading neurologist in my area--I only explained my symptoms & did not tell him another neurologist diagnosed me with narcolepsy in the 80's. He again diagnosed me with narcolepsy & at the time the same drugs were the choice of treatment. I did not try the provigil until 3-4 years agao & like it 100% over the other medications. I notice no side effects. Did your son have a sleep evaluation done? I also had to have a cat scan or was it an MRI?? of my brain. I have Select Blue. The only restriction I encountered with the provigil is that my neurologist has to send in a pre-authorization for it once a year. If he doesn't do the pre-authorization with the insurance company, then I would assume my insurance company would decline payment. My drug store just recently called me saying that they could not refill my last prescription until he called the company to reauthorize it for another year. He called them, and it was refilled within the day. I guess you should call your health care provider to find out why they declined payment & go from there. Cat
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Old 09-12-2007, 02:39 PM
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Default provigil

if your insurance refuses to pay for provigil, your dr. has to write a letter that you have to take this medication and then your pharmicist is suppose to send a tarp to your insurance comp to get it ok'd<br><br>not all druggists know how to do this so make sure you find one that knows about this..
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Old 05-12-2008, 06:59 PM
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Default insurance and provigil

i had same problem insurance would not pay for my meds so my dr. called and took care of it medically neccesary!!!!!
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:01 AM
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Default Epileptic programmer

I'm an inactive epileptic who's studying computer programming and trying to find ever cleaner, more elegant algorithms for problems. Another of my concerns is probability theory, and I'm trying to learn a new programming language each year. Some of the drugs I take to control the epilepsy (successfully) are not recommended for sharpness. I asked my neurologist if she would prescribe Ritalin for me, and she said she wasn't a fan of that drug, but that she would prescribe Provigil. The Pharmacy wants $280, and my insurance won't pay for it. I'm trying to find out how to get Modafinil 100mg, 30 tablets for a reasonable price.

John W.
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