Symbicort®, an Astra-Zeneca product, is new. It is being promoted on TV and in magazines. You have probably seen or read about Symbicort. It is used by people who suffer from asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
I have been on various rescue inhalers for about 5 years. They do their job when called on. However, they don’t prevent attacks, they get you through them. I had two severe bronchial infections in a short period of time. Both incidents caused me to be put on Prednisone® (shots and pills) as well as antibiotics. The wheezing drove me crazy. I usually wheeze under good conditions. I also have a hard time taking a deep breath in cold weather or in very hot and humid weather.
I started with bronchial asthma when I was a kid. Smoking as much as I did, for as long as I did, didn’t do much for my lungs. But this is not a ‘stop smoking’ lecture. This article is to inform you how to save money on Symbicort.
After my last bronchial asthma attack my doctor gave me a sample of Symbicort. The instructions were to take two puffs daily, every day, not just when I had a problem. This is to prevent the breathing problems, infections and wheezing. When I went back for a two-week checkup, I was feeling fine. The doctor listened to my lungs and didn’t hear any congestion or wheezing. That’s when we discussed using Symbicort as a preventative. Anything to keep me off Prednisone was a welcomed idea.
Since my experience was with a ‘free sample’ I had no clue how much this cost. The doctor said that since it is working, and I have no infection, to cut it back to one puff a day and see how it goes. That made sense to me. Since there are 60 puffs in an inhaler, that means I could make it last two months instead of one. How expensive could that be?
I didn’t have the script filled because we were going on vacation and I had enough left in my sample of Symbicort to get me through. I wound up cutting my finger on vacation. My finger hurt, but I figured I was just healing slowly. When we got back home I went to a walk-in clinic, knowing I could get in and out faster compared to waiting for an appointment at my regular doc. (My finger turned out to be infected.) While sitting around at the clinic I picked up a magazine to pass the time. Low and behold I opened it to an ad for Symbicort.
The ad said to go to mysymbicort.com and get a prescription card. It said I should take my first Symbicort prescription and the card to the pharmacy. If qualified, I would get my first script filled for zero dollars and then save money on the next 11 refills. The prescription card is good for a year. I had dropped off my prescription the day before. I planned to pick it up that day, but the infected finger threw off my plans, which worked out to my benefit.
The $15 co-pay for the walk-in clinic saved me big bucks on my Symbicort prescription. I printed my prescription card and called the 800 number to have it activated. Off I went to Wal-Mart to pick up my Symbicort, and hopefully save some money. I gave the girl my name, she got my prescription, rang it up and her eyes got huge and she said, “0h my.” Then I gave her the prescription card. She said she really hoped this would go through and proceeded to follow the instructions for the pharmacy.
Back at the counter she said, “Good news, it’s free!” I let out a huge sigh of relief and she kept repeating what a wonderful program this was. When I got in the car I looked at the receipt and the bottom line was $0.00. Up at the top of the receipt was the actual cost of Symbicort. With my insurance, including tax, that number was $210.23. That’s for a one-month Symbicort inhaler good for two puffs a day. For me it will last two months.
The rest of the good news is that the next 11 refills in a year, or in my case the next 6 refills because I’m getting double time, will save me money also. Depending on what my insurance pays, this prescription card for Symbicort might get me refills for up to $75 dollars off the cost. See their website for all the details.
Yes, Symbicort is expensive. For me it is working. I have not wheezed once. My breathing has improved dramatically. Is Symbicort expensive? Yes. Does Symbicort work? Yes, for me it is working fine. Is it worth going to my Symbicort.com and printing out a prescription card? It sure is! Call the 800 number to get your card authorized and start saving money.
If your doctor has prescribed Symbicort, make sure you go to mySymbicort.com and start saving money right away. Follow the instructions and get the card activated. I am not above spreading the word on this savings, especially on a product that has improved my quality of life!