I have found a website that tracks the best prices on medications. Last week- even last night- the best prices for generic Provigil at 60 200 mg pills were around $750. As of this morning, multiple stores have lowered their prices by about two hundred dollars. Just like like that. Perhaps there was a delay in updating the site? Or did so many of these stores decide, en mass, that is was time to lower prices? I don't know- only that this is a good thing.
Meanwhile, Costco has removed the price for Provigil from their pharmacy website. They don't have a price for Nuvigil either. This makes me think that they want to get out of the business of prescribing controlled substances. Perhaps that was the reason, or at least a part of it, for their rate hike.
I'm not sure what I am going to do with meds if my Provigil is denied. I think maybe ritalin is worth another try- the worst side effect I can remember with it is anxiety- not psychosis or tachycardia like the other amphetamines. And on/off effects, but there are longer acting version of it. I just need to know that a $40/month option isn't going to work before I break down and spend $500/month, or whatever it winds up being.
This morning I cut my Nuvigil into quarters and only took three quarters. The whole pill felt a little strong yesterday- I normally spread out my provigil over the course of the day, so taking all 250mg of the Nuvigil felt like it was just a tiny bit too strong. So far so good. And that would help to defray costs just a little bit.
I can't decide which I like better- Nuvigil or Provigil. They feel slightly different. I think Nuvigil feels slightly more like an amphetamine. And I really like the fact that I only have to take it once a day- I am not taking medication in the middle of the day. But in the end, I will go with what I can afford.
I am looking forward to the day when this is figured out and I can think about something other than meds!