How do you manage your diabetes when you don't have the money for medication?

By LadyLee2011 Latest Reply 2012-01-08 20:10:18 -0600
Started 2011-12-01 08:17:34 -0600

I have been without medication for a week. My last reading was 118. Today I am able to purchase medication. My doctor says there were no samples for the medicine that I take.

56 replies

Frostbite1968 2011-12-04 15:50:29 -0600 Report

I am free of meds thanks to my efforts and the help of my dr and close friends.. Is it very hard but if you willing to give up your current living style, you can be free too… I was diagnose in 2003 and 2005 I was free of meds and shots and still today.. I want to live for my kids and the people who loves me and make possible that you can be free of meds.

If you an do it with out meds, do it!!! don't wait don't play with your life don't depend in anyone… I was paying over $750 at Month and sometimes I could not afford it until I had enough… Be strong and do it

jayabee52 2011-12-04 16:04:24 -0600 Report

I can afford the meds and I chose to be diabetes med free and I am not sorry that I have started down that road. Yes it did take some discipline and giving up some things I loved to eat, but for me it was more than worth it! I have lost weight and am generally healthier than when I started my little "experement".

Will tell anyone who asks how I did it, and then you can adapt it to your specific situation,

Frostbite1968 2011-12-04 16:25:33 -0600 Report

What I am trying to say.. depending of the gravity… The majority of people with this disease can be free if they want to.. Many of them make lots of excuses… Why they cannot… Period!! Something that cant never be reverse is death we all will get to that point but you have the choice to extend your life. Please don't take my replies as negative… TY

jayabee52 2011-12-04 16:43:50 -0600 Report

I did not take what you said as negative.

In fact I was trying to support you and what you said. (Believe me, If I disagreed with you or what you said I would be one of the first to politely let you know — ask the long time members here.)

Yes I get you about the excuses, but I find it is better (and less stomach acid producing for me and for them) to accept them where they are at now, and then to gently bring them along to where I have ended up. Some people are already "there" some folks are on their way there, and some people just don't have their mental focus where it needs to be to grab good control.

I have learned in life in general and in the subset of life called sufferers with diabetes, it is often counterproductive to try to order people around. I have made that mistake before and try not to make the same mistakes more than two times.

I am not here to fight with you. I was agreeing with what you and trying to support what you said in your first post in this thread.


Frostbite1968 2011-12-04 17:22:07 -0600 Report

I did made excuses my self and many others I knew and meet so I know that first hand, I am not saying all of them are the same but mostly that is our first reaction because that is natural the change out life's forever… it is hard and we will refuse and you know it

sloane 2011-12-03 07:41:57 -0600 Report

Also the ADA can help you find information and can often even help you with meds. The drug companies that make your meds also have programs to help as well.. If you find the company and call their toll free number they will help.

bessie curtis
bessie curtis 2011-12-26 22:18:11 -0600 Report

I am a 39year old female and I been diabetic type2 since the age of 20, my ? is I am anemic and also have neauropathy and sickle cell trait yes I have alot going on for one person. My question is I stay tired all the time I weght 135pounds what can I do to get my energy back, because all I do is stay in the house and mainly sleep all the time. I really need some advice.

Caroltoo 2012-01-08 20:10:18 -0600 Report

High blood sugar does make us tired, but if your BG is ok, are you depressed? Sleeping and isolating yourself are two of the signs of depression.

Caroltoo 2011-12-26 23:10:27 -0600 Report

Anemia is very tiring. Neuropathy's pain is very exhausting. Those are two good reasons, but if your BG's are high also, that would be a third. You could also be depressed.

Nana_1961 2011-12-03 07:34:05 -0600 Report

Depending on what meds you are on the PAP maybe can help. I get all my meds free because I can not afford them so if I can help please ask and I will see what I can do to help. No one should ever have to go without their meds because of their income sad as it may be we all have had to from time to time but this country should make sure people who can't afford their meds get them regardless. Hugssss

Nana_1961 2011-12-03 15:30:45 -0600 Report

The PAP is the Patient Assistance Program if you are interested. There are major drug companies that will give you the meds you need if you qualify, its easy to apply and its all FREE. Your doc has to sign the prescription, papers etc… its easy.

SweetMrsPam 2011-12-02 13:21:45 -0600 Report

I pray that you didn't have to pay a lot for your medication and I'm glad you're able to purchase it today!! Have a good one :-)

jayabee52 2011-12-02 11:01:07 -0600 Report

Howdy LadyLee, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

Last January (2011) I ran out of insulin (actually my last vial dropped on the floor and shattered) so I took what I learned on DC about being very careful in watching my carb intake while I waited to get a new vial. I was amazed that my Blood Glucose (BG) readings were fairly good. When I got the new vial I started thinking that perhaps I'd like to do a little experement of trying to manage my BGs without diabetes meds. In Feb. I went on a low carb, High protein meal plan and tried it for a month. it went so well that I tried it for another and another. I am now in December and have managed my condition without diabetes meds. keeping my BGs mostly in the "normal" range. My May A1c was 5.5. I have lost about 50 lbs also.

Perhaps, since you are T2, you might want to cut out as many carbs as possible from you meal plan. It does take some discipline to do it, but perhaps you might be able to cut your need for Diabetes meds, or at least reduce your dependence on them.

(I sent you a friend request. Please accept it and then you can email me and find out the details of what I currently do.)

Blessings to you and yours


GabbyPA 2011-12-02 09:39:29 -0600 Report

Watch more carefully your carb intake and your exercise. I know we hear it over and over, but it really is the key. Unless you are a type 1. Then that is more serious. But if you are type 2, there is a lot you can do without your meds. Keep an eye on the numbers and reduce your carbs or increase your exercise to help keep the numbers in line. You may find they creep up, but if you are working hard, it will be less to make up for when you are able to get your meds.

I know there are several chain pharmacies that offer FREE diabetes meds such as Metformin, Glipizide and even Lisinopril. Talk to your doctor and see if they know of these programs. If you are on insulin, contact the maker, as many of them have programs for those who are low income to help them pay for the meds.

ccsp 2011-12-05 11:46:48 -0600 Report

Be very careful of combining oral diabetes drugs. Studies have been done taking Metformin and Glipizide and the results were not good. I, personally will not take those two together. Do some research on the internet about those studies. There are supplements that may help like Chrominum and Berber.

jayabee52 2011-12-06 22:23:02 -0600 Report

I would tend to wonder about those stuidies you cite (where can they be found? I'd like to read them those reports and asess them.).

If I remember correctly Metaglip is a combo of those 2 meds put together by pharma companies for convenience for the consumer. When something like that is done, there have to be studies done to show the combination is safe.

As it has been OKd by the FDA it has been tested for safety and efficacy.

I am glad I don't need any meds to manage my Diabetes at this time. I am taking cinnamon plus chromium capsules to supposedly help with the BG levels, but right now they are seeming not to do anything for me.

ccsp 2011-12-06 22:59:21 -0600 Report

I cannot locate the book on diabetes that referred to these studies but here is a link to the authors website where it refers to some of these studies.

It refers to other studies than the drug combo. Like trying to use oral diabetes drugs to drive A1c below 6.5 vs below 7.0.
I am not trying to suggest that anyone should do one thing or the other. I am sharing what I have read and experienced. I do feel strongly about using an ND and MD together to work someone's personal diabetes issue. I have personally found my ND to be much more help with my diabetes than any of the MD's that I have seen. Everyone seems to have a different approach that works best for them. Cinnamon did nothing for me but it has worked for others. My biggest improvement came from weight training. I expect to be off all meds after my next A1c ( X X - that's my fingers crossed). Having said that I hope I don't jinx myself.

I personally resist Rx in favor of natural supplements. With that said I do take Rx for BP, Diabetes and BPH. However I take Red Yeast Rice for Cholesterol and have reduced mine from 250 to under 200 that way, no Rx. I also take supplement that help protect the parts of my body most impacted by diabetes. Those have come from my ND. I believe it helps, others may not.

jayabee52 2011-12-06 23:04:43 -0600 Report

I get a newsletter from whittaker. I'll have to check out his website for those studies.

Thanks for the comeback!

Caroltoo 2011-12-06 23:19:00 -0600 Report

I do to. Have you read his Reversing Diabetes? That was the first book I bought after being diagnosed.

Caroltoo 2011-12-07 00:19:40 -0600 Report

I thought he had some good ideas and I did use much of it to get started, but I found it too heavily into supplements even for a believer like me. I definitely did "pick and choose" what I thought would help.

jayabee52 2011-12-07 00:24:34 -0600 Report

I guess the issue of suppliments has kept me off his website previously. He seems to be more interested in selling stuff than anything else, and it quite frankly had turned me off to him.

I will give him another look, however.

Caroltoo 2011-12-07 01:17:24 -0600 Report

The book had some good information. I tend to filter the rest of it…not good with sales pitches either and whatever I decide to do has to be something that seems reasonable to me.

GabbyPA 2011-12-06 17:26:26 -0600 Report

Really? That is what my doc has me on. I don't find it helps much. It works for about two weeks after the new dose, and then my body just gets used to it. I am getting some chrominum and another glucose combo tablet that I have used before with some success.

Caroltoo 2011-12-02 11:03:54 -0600 Report

Question: how is lisenopril used in treatment of diabetes? I know it as a medication that reduces the workload of the heart. Even in that context, I see benefits to diabetics with heart issues, but is it used in other ways?

GabbyPA 2011-12-03 20:30:46 -0600 Report

I was put on it as a preventative. I don't have high blood pressure, but they told me that is is for my kidneys. I protested at first, but after I researched it, I decided to continue to take it.

Caroltoo 2011-12-03 21:12:54 -0600 Report

Interesting prospect. I, too, do not have high blood pressure. It was prescribed in 2005 when I had a "mild" heart attack, I took it for three years and then quit with my doctor's blessing. I'll have to ask her about the kidney connection cause that is always a live issue for diabetics. Thanks.

jayabee52 2011-12-03 21:51:32 -0600 Report

funny how the definition of how serious a condition or surgery is depends on who is afflicted. If it happens to someone else it is mild. If it happens to me it is serious!

Caroltoo 2011-12-03 21:54:34 -0600 Report

Oh how true, but in this case it really was mild. Barely made it onto the enzyme test and took about 12 hours to show that little bit. Doc felt I had really minimal tissue damage. The more serious part of it was the potential because I did need 3 stents to open 5 very badly occluded spots in the arteries which could have caused a really serious heart attack.

jayabee52 2011-12-03 22:16:20 -0600 Report

I'm glad it was so mild.

My ex had a heart attack in Nov of '02 (i believe) and hers was really serious. They had to do 5 bypasses on her. She says that she is starting to feel stronger and better just now from that time.

I kinda chuckle to myself that broke my heart with the divorce and in return she gets a (physically) broken heart.

I know, I should get over it!

Caroltoo 2011-12-03 22:42:39 -0600 Report

Thanks. It was scary enough just to be told I had CAD, but it really hasn't been a problem since then. I walk/run up to 3 miles a day and am really very healthy.

Some things, James, are harder to turn loose of than others. You've had a great love for Jem, so you might look at what you gain by holding onto the pain from #1.

jayabee52 2011-12-03 22:58:07 -0600 Report

I have a little twinge of hurt over the breakup but now a decade after the fact I am really over it. I just look at things like those kinds of juxtapositions and laugh at them.

I know she actually did me a favor and cut off the relationship when I would have hung in there come hell or highwater. And if she hadn't done that I would have not been free to find my "Jem". And Jem thanked sandy (though me) for letting me go. Jem couldn't believe that she could have let someone like me go.

I don't think I am holding on to the pain. Or am I deluding myself? I don't think so, but I may not be the most objective observer either.

GTG and get some supper and get to bed.


Caroltoo 2011-12-03 23:22:46 -0600 Report

I think God has a marvelous sense of humor and we see it in all the little ironies of life…the ones you referred to as the juztapositions. Maybe pain was the wrong choice of words: perhaps "hook" or "pull" would be more appropriate.

LadyLee2011 2011-12-02 11:31:37 -0600 Report

LIsinopril is for high blood pressure. I have high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

Caroltoo 2011-12-02 11:41:28 -0600 Report

Thanks. I used it for a while after having a "mild" heart attack in 2005. I've never had high blood pressure though so guess there are some more general uses to. Hope you are finding the medcines that you need, LadyLee.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-01 12:38:20 -0600 Report

Hi LadyLee, try contacting the drug manufacturer they at times will have medications you can get for little or no cost. Try this website the phone number is 1-866-317-2775. It is for people with limited or no health insurance. Also try PPA which is the Partnership for Prescription Assistance at or call 888-477-2669. There is also a federally funded program called Health Insurance Program. Contact your states Social Service Office. Tell me what state you are in and maybe I can do what I can to get you the help you need. I have done outreach and I am a research geek. I can probably find you help you don't know about

LadyLee2011 2011-12-01 12:46:10 -0600 Report

i live in tx. i was on metformin but he moved me to kombiglyze if that is spelled right. the medicine works much better for me but the cost doesn't

meowbat 2011-12-03 06:25:39 -0600 Report

Hi LadyLee! Listen to Joyce, ask your dr and pharmacy, and call your county health dept. Also I'd love to know more about this kombiglyze? meowbat

TsalagiLenape 2011-12-01 12:37:48 -0600 Report

Ask your doctor for any thing to help you get your meds. Maybe even have some on hand. Explain the dire difficulty you are having. Hope this helps.

JoleneAL 2011-12-01 12:21:41 -0600 Report

I don't know where you are or what medication you're needing. Can you tell us so we can help if we can? I know that WalMart has metformin for $4 a 30 day supply. Help us out so we can help !

LadyLee2011 2011-12-01 12:51:36 -0600 Report

I take Kombiglyze. My dr even gave me a card to help the cost but that brought it down from 300 to $135 which is still too high for me. I am a single parent with one income and no government assistance.

kdroberts 2011-12-03 06:35:18 -0600 Report

You are taking a combo pill of 2 medications, one of which is metformin which can usually be found for $40 for a years worth and often available free at certain grocery stores. The other part is onglyza which is a brand new drug and very expensive. There are samples available of onglyza and your doctor should have some. At a minimum ask to split out the meds and get separate prescriptions for them. That way you should always be able to take metformin since its so cheap.

meowbat 2011-12-03 06:33:28 -0600 Report

contact both your county and the state for help. ask doc for samples. get your stuff from walmart. find out if your med is available in generic without comprimizing your needs. there is help to be found

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-01 12:42:04 -0600 Report

Jolene I had my doc give me a 90 day supply for all my meds and the most I have paid is between 6-8 bucks at Walmart. I also like the fact that I can call in the PX and I get a text message with the cost on my cell phone.

LadyLee2011 2011-12-01 12:43:31 -0600 Report

i take kombiglyze

LadyLee2011 2011-12-01 13:17:54 -0600 Report

the ppa site keeps saying that i am eligible for aids program-i don't have aids and the lisinopril-i only pay $8. I just need help with the kombiglyze. thanks. are those free prescription cards legit

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