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Old 10-16-2013, 02:03 AM
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I hit my deductible earlier this year, so since all my medical is free until 12/31, I'm trying to make the most of it. I have had excema most of my life and just deal with it. I decided to give a go with a dermatologist since this open areas on my hands are quite annoying.

Yep, excema. no surprise. She gives me a steroid shot and a script.

I go to my pharmacy. I know these guys- my husband's family have used this man and his son for 40 years or more. It's kind of like an episode of Cheers when you walk in. The pharmacists stop what they are doing to talk to you and fill your prescription.

Well, when Pharm pulls up the cost on the computer, he laughs. $1800 for a stinking cream!!! He did some finagling (i don't think I have every typed that word before) and figured out the max my insurance would pay and charged me that. It was his cost, $1500.

This stuff better give me some seriously sexy hands.


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Old 10-16-2013, 04:37 AM
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I have psoriasis and my Dr. is still trying to find a script that my insurance covers . The last cream they ordered for me was $800 and insurance did not cover it, needless to say I did not take it.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:41 AM
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That cream better be made of pure gold! I get flare ups on my forehead. Cereave always helped me but I just have a very very very mild case.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:12 PM
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Wow, just wow! I think I would have asked them to call the doctor and prescribe something else! Hope it works WELL and yeah, gives you the added benefit of sexy hands as well!

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Old 10-16-2013, 05:45 PM
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I have bad eczema, and I just went back to the dermatologist today. I hope my cream isn't that expensive.

EX's uncle was once prescribed a $5000 cream for an itchy rash they couldn't clear up. His response? "I'll just go home and scratch." He added a few colorful words, too.


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Old 10-16-2013, 06:05 PM
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I have excema on my hands too. I would be very curious if it does work for you. My hands are a mess! Maybe I could ask my doctor to find me something similar, but less costly, if you find it works.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:49 PM
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You might want to try Sarna lotion. My daughter had real bad eczema and that's what we used and it worked well. She said it didn't sting like the others. I think it's like $15 at Target.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:55 PM
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I always have to pay out of pocket for my prescriptions because we never meet the deductible, and I've never had an eczema prescription cost anywhere near that high! I'd respond like Ima's uncle if I did!

If it works, though, let us know. The $100-200 stuff doesn't work, so maybe I just need the more expensive stuff.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:43 AM
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Now, the tube is huge. Like bigger than a toothpaste tube huge. Should last for a LOOOOOOOONG time.

It is a topical steroid and it is working great. I had three open areas when I saw her on Monday. They are all healed over, just scaly at this point.

The only reason I even went to the dermatologist was because it was free. I have been using neosporin and bandaids (day) or gloves (night) for years. It heals up open places in about 3-4 days. I'm hoping this stuff will prevent the flares.
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