HELP! I finally talked my doctor into switching me from Actos due to awful side effects (extreme edema, weight gain and hair loss). He put me on Onglyza, which is doing great things for my BG levels. He gave me two weeks' samples and a 'benefit card'. Suffered thru the nausea and am happy now, but just discovered that it's $220+/month! The 'benefit card' brings it down to $112, but get real! I can't afford that every month!
My insurance company (Blue Shield of California) says it will cover Januvia or Janumet instead (@ $45/month ~ still too much for me). I'm looking for input on side effects and possible ways to get it cheaper ('benefit cards' that really work!). I already take a BP drug that costs me $45/month and I simply can't do another one. Especially on top of the other meds I have to take.
Thanks so much for any info you could provide.
P.S. I also take metformin (500 mg./morning and 1,000 mg/evening). My A1C was 11.1 at dx last October but down to 6.5 in May. I expect it will be a little higher next time, though, because the Actos stopped helping like it did in the beginning.
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