How To Get Mepron Covered By Insurance And Tips

28 May

 

How To Get Mepron Covered By Insurance & Tips

Mepron

If you suffer from a nasty little parasite that is feeding off of your red blood cells called Babesia then you will most likely be prescribed Mepron. Mepron (Atovaquone) is a semi-thick bright yellow suspension (liquid) that is taken orally. The liquid resembles paint and us Lymies call it by a few nicknames such as “yellow paint”.

Mepron can temporally stain clothing, kitchen sinks, counter tops or just about anything it touches. Be sure to brush your teeth after sipping it down. The average dose myself and others I have spoken to take daily is 1 tsp twice per day. You should usally be taking Zithomax (Azithromycin) with Mepron. Mepron should always be taken with at least 20-30 grams of good fats.

 

Some good FATS you should eat before taking your Mepron:

  • 1 Egg = 5 grams
  • Cashew/Almond Butter – 1 tbs = 10 grams
  • Sesame Butter – 1 tbs = 8 grams
  • 1 Avocado = 30 grams (recommended – I make guacamole with fresh garlic and cilantro)
  • Coconut Oil – 1 tbs = 14 grams
  • Kefir – 1 cup = 8.75 grams
  • Almonds (raw) – 1/4 cup = 11.5 grams (recommended)
  • Cheese – 1 slice = 9 grams
  • 100g of cod liver oil – 99g of fat
  • 100g of cold smoked salmon – 8g of fat
  • 100g of hot smoked halibut – 5-17g of fat
  • 100g of butter – 70-82g of fat

 

*You can also eat chicken or sausage if you prefer but you will need to eat many pieces of chicken or many links of sausage. There are many other choices but these are some of the better ones.

 

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How To Get Merpon Covered Or For Free

 

Step One:

I was denied insurance coverage of Mepron last year while trying to get my prescription filled. I was told the Mepron would cost me about $1,500 out-of-pocket if I needed to buy it. After shopping around many pharmacies I found the cheapest price was $975 which is still way too much for any Lymie.

Here is how I got 2 bottles of Mepron covered. My insurance company denied Mepron not only because of the cost but because there are alternatives such as Malarone. Malarone does not work as good as Mepron.

I called my insurance company and they told me they were willing to cover it only if they knew that is the only brand/med that will work for my illness. So they asked that my doctor (LLMD) call them and verbally tell them that only recommends Mepron and that it is the only medicine that will help me.

This took maybe two months of back and forth on the phone. My doctor would say he already called and my insurance would say they never received the call. So don’t give up. By the third try the insurance case worker and my doctor were on the same page and they agreed to cover only 2 months worth (2 bottles). I have since been denied any new prescriptions for Mepron.

 

Step Two:

*This step may only work if you have little to no health insurance. Most likely they will approve you if you have no insurance.

The makers of Mepron (GlaxoSmithKline) have a program to help patients get Mepron. You can find information about this program either from your LLMD, Online or call them on the phone. The program is called Bridges To Access.

I filled out an application and mailed it in. A really nice lady called me back weeks later and told me I was denied.The reason I was denied was because I have insurance. She told me if my insurance was a certain kind it may qualify me but I had the kind that was not qualified. They are really helpful and nice and willing to work with you so don’t be afraid to call them

Click this link HERE and find out if you qualify for the program. I hear those who do qualify get at least 2-3 bottles for free. Good luck.

 

Step Three:

Ask around to other Lymies. Many of us have a whole pharmacy at home and expiring meds. There are social networks such as Facebook or Twitter to ask around. Usually people are willing to send you the bottle for free and they may even pay for shipping if you are in debt. If you know where to look there are groups for med exchanges. Yahoo Lyme groups are also good to ask around on.

I hope these tips will help you get your Mepron. I had so much trouble getting mine covered and I know many of you do too. If you have any tips leave a comment and I will add them into this posting with your name. Thank you.

 

PLEASE READ –> check my comments below for generous people who are willing to ship you their Mepron.

 

(Update)

I was able to get two more bottles for free in November, 2012 from a fellow Lymie via a group and I just paid shipping. Very nice person and helped save me $100’s-$1000’s!

 

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Interesting Mepron Info

I found this link interesting. Look at some of the studies and side effects on this PDF file for Mepron:

http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_mepron.pdf

 

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25 Responses to “How To Get Mepron Covered By Insurance And Tips”

  1. Lymed Out May 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    please tell me this isn’t only for the US!

    • 49erBry May 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      I’m not sure. You can try on the bridges to access web site.

  2. Jack Williams June 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    I’m looking to get the drug Mepron for toxoplasmosis (a parasite) which causes me fatigue and muscular pain. It’s similar to lyme’s diseases in a way because the established medical opinion accepts that the disease can cause symptoms in the first few weeks/months after getting the disease but most don’t accept it can cause symptoms long term. In my case I need only a few bottles of Mepron. I’ve taken it before and it’s really effective against toxoplasma my symptoms really improved. Since then I haven’t been able to get a prescription which is incredibly frustrating. So I was just wondering about what you said on this forum about sending bottles of spare Mepron. The money isn’t an issue for me I could pay the whole cost of a bottle I just need to find a supplier. I was wondering if the anyone would know the best way to go about this.

    • 49erBry June 2, 2012 at 2:16 am #

      Many of us with Lyme disease have other diseases/parasites such as Mycoplasma and many others. We are a walking petri dish.

      In order to ask around for Mepron you need to join a Lyme group like maybe at MD Junction and ask if anyone is willing to sell their extra Mepron. Some give it away for free. Facebook also has groups but they are secret groups and I cannot give out the name. You could find a Facebook group for Lyme or Babesia and ask around. Good luck.

    • Jeff November 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      if you are still looking for mepron i might be able to help jpspickup@hotmail.com.

      • Jeff March 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

        this is an old post. im sorry i cant be of much help. im paying for it myself at this point.

  3. Jack Williams June 3, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    Okay thanks for your help. If you hear of anyone with any spares would you mind telling me about this. I’ll be reading this forum every day. Or alternatively if you yourself have any spares at any time, i would be really grateful if you bear me in mind.

    • Jack Williams June 3, 2012 at 5:16 am #

      Thanks for the message I’ve saved the message so you can delete now

      Thanks for the help

      • 49erBry June 3, 2012 at 6:22 am #

        you’re welcome

    • Anfbeachguy July 23, 2012 at 7:55 am #

      Hi Jack, please contact me at anfbeachguy at yahoo dot com , I just overcame having babesiosis for 1 month and have a lot of extra

  4. minnie December 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Regarding fat products – some more examples:
    -) 100g of cod liver oil – 99g of fat
    -) 100g of cold smoked salmon – 8g of fat
    -) 100g of hot smoked halibut – 5-17g of fat
    -) 100g of butter – 70-82g of fat

    • 49erBry December 30, 2012 at 1:06 am #

      Thanks I will add these to the posting. There are numerous ways of getting the right fat but my brain is so blank i’m glad you helped. :)

      • Christina February 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

        My babesia is really taking me down. I have had multiple strokes and now seisures. I am in desperate need of mepron. I have medical and cant afford to buy it from canadian pharmacies. I also have about 5 bottles of amoxicillian that don’t work for me and will trade. I am only 36 and don’t want to be in a wheelchair, but I have been searching for a year and without something to break down the babesia it seems thats were its going. Any extra please let me know. If you want to trade or need cash I will do as much as I can. Thanks for reading. Chrstmrr4 @aol.com

      • 49erBry February 2, 2013 at 1:21 am #

        I hope someone sees this post and can help you. In the Yahoo California Lyme group a lady was trying to sell 2 bottles for half price but she didn’t say how much. Good luck!

      • Christina February 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

        Thank you I will try there.

      • Jeff February 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

        have you looked into using artemesinin in the mean time.it is as effective for babesia at the right dose. check out dr schaller in florida free 15 minute consult by phone.

      • Christina February 3, 2013 at 1:59 am #

        Hi Jeff thank you for responding. I started on artemesia about 4 months ago and took it for almost 3 months. It did help so much at first, I could walk easier without holding on to something, and I went almost 3 weeks without a fever. However I started to loose alot of wieght fast. I am down to 97 and cant afford anymore. I am not sure but I seemed to build an immunity to it the wormwood and fevers and all came back by month 3. I will look into sweet wormwood and see if its different. I will also call the Dr you mentioned, I live in California but its only 300 on the bus to florida. Thank you so much again for your responce.

      • Jeff February 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

        im really glad you will contact him. he is an amazingly valuable source of information.sometimes also as you kill off one infection another like lyme in the background rears its ugly head and then you need to treat it as well.im suffering since 2003 . its taken me all these years and 100s of uneducated rude insulting doctors to find a couple that dont have egos and want to learn. money goes like water and so does my life down the drain, but i refuse to give up because of docs greed and refusal to learn. ive dragged my half dead body around the world and found ignorance everywhere on these infections.
        i am taking 2 tsp mepron twice a day for babesia and toxo . and just started vancomycin for the others.did rifampin which helped but crippled me with pain and depression and rocephen previously which helped lyme but only while on it because of coinfections. its unfairly expensive and very frustrating .there has to be an alternative.
        i know dr s will have valuable info for you.write down all questions you have for him before you talk. im sending you a hug. hang in there, jeff

      • Christina February 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

        Have you known that you had it since 2003, did you get sick right away, how did you find out for sure? I completly understand about the ignorance. I have been to 2 neurologists in the last 6 months that said lyme does not exist past 7-10 days antibiotics. I am not a violent person but, when I told them I go to support meetings of patients that have been on antibiotics for years and are still sick and they told me thats because they like the attention I wanted to hit them. I like your expression half dead body because I can relate. I have taken multiple antibiotics since 10/12/11 and the most succesful I think is the metronitazole. It treats babs and lyme, its also a cyst buster. However I developed an immunity to that one also and it stopped working. I cant afford Iv even though my neurological seems to have been hit the worst docs wont try it. I will try the doc you suggested first thing in the morning. My fingers are crossed. And thank you again, hug right back at you.

      • Jeff February 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

        Dont let the ignorance of doctors get to you. its not there fault they know nothing about such an incredibly complicated group of illnesses. they have neither the time or will to learn.Medical school is a complete rip off as far as educating doctors.ive told alot of docs to go f themselves ,so i know how bad it hurts to be humored when you are seriously ill, just because they cant see it on a picture or a test result.
        They need to see a shrink, for telling a patient they are nuts as ego protection and justification to themselves that “I dont know therefore i will dismiss the patient as crazy so can sleep at night” Nothing frightens a patient and gives such a feeling of hopelessness and dispair as being given up on . there are so many infections that are untestable especially the sicker someone is with multiple infections. the infections want to live so they shut down antibody production, lower your temp etc.
        90 percent of the docs ive dismissed knew nothing about the infections and there is so much info out there. even some of the big lyme specialists in their own minds still had misinformation about curing these infections with a couple weeks of antibiotics. they should all get these infections and learn what real suffering they cause. then they will understand .
        you shouldnt be on anything so long that it causes an immunity, you need a doc with an understanding. these infections are smarter than us. they have been alien invaders for a long time. they need to be surprised and never given a chance to get used to one antibiotic so long that they adapt and the survivors mutate.
        my own dad is a doctor and I taught him alot from my experience.he is Dr Bernie Siegel and believed heavily in the mind over body healing. which works great if you have a mind that is working . not so easy when you are suffering non stop.
        just dont give up, you will get better. dont waste any time on a doctor that tells you your nuts or that anything thats left after youve been on antibiotics a certain amount of time is all in your head.it means they are uneducated.the good lyme doctors will have read everything they can and kept up on the latest information. they will be too busy helping patients to have time to teach the stupid unmotivated doctors.

      • 49erBry February 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

        Christina have you tired Cryptolepis or A-BAB? Not the greatest but maybe it will help until you get some Mepron. Also I have been though the same with the doctors they never listen. I have mentioned support groups and showed them pictures of a Lyme rally I was at where kids were in wheelchairs from Lyme. The doctor just rolled her eyes and said “they are all either depressed, have something else and are being taken for a ride by there so called lyme doctors”. I wanted to punch her. lol Don’t give up hope.

      • Christina February 9, 2013 at 9:35 am #

        Hey 49er Bry sorry it took me a while to reply, couple of bad days. I havent tried Cryptolepis or A-BAB. I will definetly look into and research them. Thank you. And knowing we all go through the complete arogance of doctors makes me wonder how long it will take them to get over thier rightous behavior. How could they possible think they know more when most of them have not done any current recearch. Thanks again I will look into it and hopefuly its something I can take.

  5. Jeff February 5, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Christina, i forgot to answer your question about my illness. I had burning inmy knees for several months in 2001. doctors ignored me and said we are all getting older.It got better but came and went. then i was hurt in an elevator and got electrical stim which woke up something and caused a flu and night sweats that wouldnt end. my life had heavy exposure to many pets, wild animals, i was bitten by infected ticks, fleas. lived in colorado ,madison ct, and cape cod mass and then woodbridge ,ct by a swamp. worked on a farm as a kid . i have tested positive for toxo and mycoplasma and have been exposed to every virus and infection you can imagine because of my love of animals, landscaping and the outdoors. in 2003 i began having problems remembering where i was going , i became obbsessive compulsive and afraid of people and then aggressive and loved being in crowds at times. then i started having rashes on hands and feet, burning pain in my digestive system heartburn, depression horrible stiff cracking neck and contractions in my spine. until 2003 i was in great shape at the gym all the time eating healthy food, except for the fish which cause high mercury levels and screwed me up even more. then a tumor was discovered in my back in my spinal cord and they tried to blame my symptoms of leg weakness and buckling and head aches on that but it didnt explain the sweats, fevers flus, loss of coordination burning pee icy hot burning inside my intestines. getting lost driving . forgetting anything but the first letter of friends names and stabbing eye burning and burning everywhere in my body cracking popping migrating arthritis attacks.apparently it was all in my head is what the docs told me and they got me addicted to xanax valium and percs which poisoned me even more. i kept telling them before any of the meds i always felt toxic. when they removed the tumor from my spinal canal they loaded it up with steroids, after the surgery the infection was out of control. i was losing my mind from the migrating burning that jumped from one part of my body to another. the neuro surgeon told me it wasnt possible that i was hurting in my neck and shoulder and everywhere else because if i had any pain at all the pics showed it would be on the opposite side. the mildly elevated white blood cells were nothing and i needed to see a physical therapist and a shrink. in the mean time i was peeing what felt like acid. the headaches were unbearable, the joint paint and cracking and pain at every level of my spine was unbearable, i was having acid reflux all day and night. . ive had to have multiple surgeries before i found the correct doctor for treatment for all the damage to my body from these infections. Ive travelled to europe to clinics that were going to cure me and mexico as well and all they did was take my money. but i did learn what works homeopathy helps, but didnt cure me, but it made me able to regain my ability to function mentally and get off all mind altering meds and realize what i needed was a real lyme doc, not a pretender. one that valued my life and understood that i wanted it back just as much as the doctor himself would want if they became ill like this.herbs, homeopathy , antibiotics, massage therapy, excercise when and if its even possible. my first antibioic treatment was in 2005 with oral antibiotics, but they destroyed my gut and after a year and a half i couldnt take the pain anymore every day so i quit. i got worse and worse and by 2007 i looked like a walking skeleton. thats when i went all over the world to find that the doctor i needed was not there, but i learned alot and had my hiatal hernia surgery in milan. now thats a vacation. LOL. thats all i can think of for now. take care, Jeff

    • Christina February 9, 2013 at 10:20 am #

      Hi Jeff, thanks for the reply. I guess we all start out with something small like knee pain, or such and either don’t relate it or like me just ignore it. Never cared to much for doctors myself even when I was in my early 20’s. So I just ignored my first signs. I am sorry for the OCD and memory problems I know how scary that can be. To me it’s worse than pain. I have experienced enough pain throughout my life and would prefer anything to having my mind taken away. I have had canser, 2 tubal ruptures, multiple hemorages, including bleeding internally, and would go through those again in a second rather than this. My mind was the only that mattered to me. I loved to learn, I was 4 classes away from my degree in Computer Science Engineering when my first stroke hit, and know I can barely spell. Kind of crazy how this takes you down. I just had my kidney and liver tested 2 days ago,(at the emergency room because I have no doctor), and my kidney is showing signs of disease so I might have to wait on treatment. Ahhhhhhhhh As for the vacation in Milan, haha I have always wanted to visit but I can’t imagine it being for that. Someday maybee you can go back for a real vacation and see Rome to. I bet it’s beautiful. Take care Jeff. Christina

      • Jeff February 9, 2013 at 10:52 am #

        i sure hope you are able to find a doctor that will help you. im sorry your going through all this . if your ever in the ct area let me know. i wish i were in a position to help you and everyone else suffering from medical stupidity and ignorance.please keep in touch and let me know if you need any names of good doctors .take care Christina, Jeff

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