Unable to get Metformin.

Tamra Hodge
By Tamra Hodge Latest Reply 2016-06-30 13:13:26 -0500
Started 2013-02-13 15:46:23 -0600

I have been without my Metformin for several months and know my BS has been rising more. I called my doctor and told him,but since it been a few months since ive seen him he wont refill my meds. I have no insurance and have to pay out of pocket. What can i do to get the metformin. Any help would be appreciated.

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Ozzo 2016-06-29 15:14:51 -0500 Report

Sorry i think i posted on your wall. Its the american pharmacy 911mg website right? Thanks!!

Ellenwil 2016-05-27 07:40:16 -0500 Report

Thanks to F.Minton, I received my order within a few days and the pills works great. Or just try contacting the makers of your meds and see if they have a program that can help you.

Ozzo 2016-06-28 23:13:30 -0500 Report

I was going to order meds from the site recommended by f minton but im scared. Did you have any hassles with your order??

Ellenwil 2016-06-29 01:19:56 -0500 Report

i use the first option from F.Minton's website below and I've never had a problems. Don't forget about coupon codes.

Ozzo 2016-06-30 13:13:26 -0500 Report

Hi. Sorry for all the questions. Is it the 911mg website. American pharmacy? I just want to make sure. Im ordering this for my husband who ran out of metformin. Any advise is appreciated thanks

RyanH90 2016-06-29 11:41:31 -0500 Report

Hi. What website was this? I tried searching for F. Minton's comment, but couldn't find it. Thank you! :)

jcoul50 2013-02-28 10:35:18 -0600 Report

i have the same problem. i get financial assistance from the local hospital as far as doctors visits and hospital visits if needed. i also have medications that i get assistance from. it called merck patient assistance program, i looked it up on line and if you make out the application they will send you the form to give to your doctor so that you can get your meds free. you can also call and get an application sent to you. call 1-800-727-5400. ask your dr. if there is a financial assistance program in your area. hope this helps. good luck

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-15 17:38:09 -0600 Report

Tamra, look for health centers that offer services on a sliding fee scale based on your income. Also go to you states website and look for Primary Adult Care. It is a health program for children and adults. You may be able to apply for this if you qualify.

Contact a couple of Homeless Shelters. Ask them if they know of any health centers that help people with low income. They may have a list of those places. You can then call them and ask what the income level is to qualify for their sliding fee scale.

You could also ask your doctor if you can be seen and be billed or set up a payment plan. If he says no, at least you asked.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-15 17:24:23 -0600 Report

Depending on where you live you may be able to find a low cost health clinic and you pay based on your income. Go to the website for your state and look for Primary Adult Care or PAC and see if the program is available in your state. It is similar to Medicaid. You can apply for both but you can only have one or the other.

Another source would be agencies that provide health care for homeless people. They won't be able to help you unless you are homeless but they may be able to tell you about the locations of health centers in your area that use a sliding fee scale.

You could also ask your doctor if he will see you and allow you to set up a payment plan. He may not allow it but you never know unless you ask.

Gavacho50 2013-02-15 09:31:48 -0600 Report

I don't think you can get Metformin without a prescription, but like Gabby said, some pharmacies have greatly discounted medicines so you'll have to look around. Look, you don't want to sustain peripheral neuropathy because you're not taking medicine. Trust me, it sucks. This is serious business, something my early doctors never educated me about. I'm numb from my knees down. Please, please, please don't do that to yourself. I have a great doctor now, too late to save my legs, but she really cares about me. Get a good doctor. Most of them can't even remember your name, let alone give a crap about you. Send me a note if you want to talk (joe.herbet1@gmail.com small).

GabbyPA 2013-02-13 18:21:23 -0600 Report

For many pharmacies, Metformin is FREE. So if you can afford to go visit your doctor to get back on track, then find a pharmacy where you can get it for free. I don't have insurance either and I know it is a life saver for me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-15 17:25:55 -0600 Report

Gabby some pharmacies also has a list of medications at low cost on their websites. I searched several to find the best price for mine. It is 6 bucks at Walmart with or without health insurance.

jayabee52 2013-02-13 18:31:26 -0600 Report

I think that to get Met, one still needs to have an active Rx from a someone authorized to write a 'scrip. I Googled "metformin without prescription" and got several sites which shipped meda from Canada. Of course those prices were a lot more expensive, probably because the Drs in canada got their cut for Rxing them.

GabbyPA 2013-02-13 18:35:16 -0600 Report

Yes, she will have to get a prescription to get back on it. But there are many places that offer it for no cost, with or without insurance.

pixsidust 2013-02-14 10:22:11 -0600 Report

Gabby, you need to name them. They may not be everywhere but they are some where for some people. Please name them

GabbyPA 2013-02-14 20:57:37 -0600 Report

Ok, here in Florida we have Publix: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/6770-publix-amp-free-meds-for-diabetics

Walgreens has prescription plans to help: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/630-walgreens-pescription-savings-club

Meijer Grocer offers Free: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/5601-free-medication-at-grocers

There are many such as walmart, target and winn dixie that have programs or offer it for as little as $4 per month. The best thing is to ask the local grocery or pharmacy if they have programs. Every state has different programs.

GabbyPA 2013-02-13 18:53:36 -0600 Report

I go to a clinic that is on a sliding pay scale. That has helped me get in to see a doctor. My labs are also on a sliding scale, so that helps me out so much. Have you checked into that?

KCR59 2013-02-13 18:26:39 -0600 Report

Just an FYI: Walgreens and Target do have discount cards to get your Metformin at half price. I use Walgreens and their pharmacy card. I too have no insurance and between test strips and the Metformin I own stock in both.:)

ShellyLargent 2013-02-13 18:07:39 -0600 Report

Try contacting the makers of your meds and see if they have a program that can help you. You might also want check out Walmart's $4 prescription plan. Certain diabetes meds are covered for $4 - no insurance needed. I think Metformin is on their $4 prescript list. If no Walmart is close, you can have it mail ordered to you. Yes, you will need to have a current prescription from your doctor, but try to explain to them that your can't afford the office visit fee and see if they will work with you. Some doctors will discount their fees significantly if you offer to pay cash instead of them having to go through the billing process of insurance.

byrun 2013-02-14 08:50:54 -0600 Report

The metformin is a $4.00 prescription @ Walmart. I usually get the 180 count bottle for $10.00 which is a 6 month prescription fill for me.

manapua72 2013-02-13 17:37:21 -0600 Report

I think you need a prescription … There might be other ways , I'm not sure … I hope u find away to get the meds u need …

cindygal1 2013-02-16 10:55:37 -0600 Report

Joyce fine out who makes the medication and contact the company and they will send you your medication free, it will go to the doctor's office and you will have to pick it up there. Most of the companies are like that, I gotmedication free for four years because I had no no insurance. cindygal1, if you need any more information.

2013-02-27 10:09:11 -0600 Report

Hi. You need to get back on meds. Have you
Checked your by as of late? Have you talked to
The clinic…usually they will work out a deal.
I will say this tho…they will most Lilly
Want to do labs…at least a1c and a cmp14.
Just to see where you are at and if the
Metformin has caused problems.
I would contact the local health
Department to see if they have ideas.
Also seeing a arnp. Or pa would be
Also go to website needymeds they have
Options including rxoutreach. Most big
Chains have low cost generic programs,
Such as Walmart, target, Walgreens, CVS
BUT look at fine print…it includes
Only so many per month…usually 1
Per day…otherwise its higher. With
Rxoutreach…it is as written…same
Price if you take 1 or if you take 4 per
Day…same price $20 for a 6 month
If you must do labs, see if they will
Let you do it yourself…go to directlabs
To see if they have a local lab.

Lastly, if your income is low enough
You could be eligable for medicade…
This would solve both the doctor and
Rx, your health depart would know about

May God be with you

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