Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Why do doctors prescribe an over-the-counter OTC medicine?

Posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 9:57 PM
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    Steve, I was just telling my wife that she should ask her doctor to write her a prescription for a stop smoking patch, since some are so expensive. The real problem with them is too many serious side effects. Don't need more ailments than what we have now to deal with.

    If the doctor would write a prescription, it would be covered by her insurance policy, making it cheaper and easier to buy and use them.

    -- Posted by sui on Thu, Nov 16, 2017, at 1:51 PM
  • That makes sense. The doctor yesterday asked of I wanted a prescrip for a probiotic. I said inow thinking it would cost less. That was until i saw the price. Oh well, maybe next time.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 16, 2017, at 5:32 PM
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    Sometimes the reason is helping with the cost. Sometimes it is to get the patient to take it or to make them think they are doing something for them. Some patients expect a script and can get cranky if they don't get one.

    -- Posted by fair share on Thu, Nov 16, 2017, at 7:55 PM
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    You can always ask or tell your doctor in some instances that you need a generic brand because you can't afford the expensive stuff. They can usually come up with something cheaper that does the same thing.

    -- Posted by sui on Wed, Nov 22, 2017, at 8:54 PM
  • I always ask for generics but we had an interesting experience some years back with some.

    The medicine started out as the original brand. I don't remember why but the doctor changed to generic. It was already covered 100% by insurance so maybe the insurance company requested the change.

    Blood was tested daily to insure a certain level of the key Ingredient was maintained but with the generic it dropped.

    They changed back to the brand name and never told us why (if they knew). I am guessing the "inert" ingredients did not let the body assimilate the key ingredient correctly or in fact the key ingredient was different.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 23, 2017, at 5:53 AM
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