Any doctors in town prescribe adipex?

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interested

Versailles, KY

#1 May 27, 2011
Adipex is the weight loss drug that Horizon Weight Loss Clinic prescribes, but I am told that they do not accept insurance and I can't afford the out of pocket cost of the clinic. Are there any doctors in town that accept insurance that will prescribe it?

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#2 May 27, 2011
interested wrote:
Adipex is the weight loss drug that Horizon Weight Loss Clinic prescribes, but I am told that they do not accept insurance and I can't afford the out of pocket cost of the clinic. Are there any doctors in town that accept insurance that will prescribe it?
Does your insurance cover weight loss drugs? I know a lot of them don't. I'd check with them first. There is a doctor at St Claire family medicine that is a former personal trainer. You might want to make an appointment with him and see what he can help you with. I think his name is dr brown.
interested

Versailles, KY

#3 May 27, 2011
You know what? I don't know. How would I find out?
Info

Morehead, KY

#4 May 27, 2011
interested wrote:
You know what? I don't know. How would I find out?
Either check your policy (you get it when you get your insurance and usually get updates periodically). Otherwise, call the customer information number on the back of the card.

My insurance is really good, but it does not cover weight loss drugs. Silly, you'd think they would want people to get healthier to save medical costs. Maybe they feel that they do not have a good enough success rate to warrant the cost.
interested

Versailles, KY

#5 May 27, 2011
Info wrote:
<quoted text>Either check your policy (you get it when you get your insurance and usually get updates periodically). Otherwise, call the customer information number on the back of the card.

My insurance is really good, but it does not cover weight loss drugs. Silly, you'd think they would want people to get healthier to save medical costs. Maybe they feel that they do not have a good enough success rate to warrant the cost.
I called the number on the back and you were right, it's not covered. I wonder how much it costs out of pocket?
interested

Versailles, KY

#6 May 27, 2011
interested wrote:
<quoted text>I called the number on the back and you were right, it's not covered. I wonder how much it costs out of pocket?
I called Walmart and they said it was $25 for 30 pills. Still cheaper than the weight loss clinic.
interested

Versailles, KY

#7 May 27, 2011
So, I guess that brings me back to the original question. No, it is not covered by insurance but is just $25 per month and I am OK with that as long as the doctors visit is covered. I have not had insurance for years so I do not have a family doctor I could go to about this.

I have looked up the requirements for the drug (must have BMI of over 27, mine is over 40). What doctors should I call to see about this?

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#8 May 27, 2011
interested wrote:
So, I guess that brings me back to the original question. No, it is not covered by insurance but is just $25 per month and I am OK with that as long as the doctors visit is covered. I have not had insurance for years so I do not have a family doctor I could go to about this.

I have looked up the requirements for the drug (must have BMI of over 27, mine is over 40). What doctors should I call to see about this?
It would still be cheaper to go to horizon. If the doctor bills insurance for a weight loss consultation, the claim will get denied and you'll have to pay out of pocket. Thus happened to my husband. The visit cost us $120, so you have that plus the cost of drugs. If you go to horizon the 1st visit is $120 including prescription and $100 each visit after that because they give you a coupon every time. I lost 40 in 3 months on it but honestly it's because I changed my diet and exercise, not because I took the drug.
interested

Morehead, KY

#9 May 27, 2011
CollegeGirl12 wrote:
<quoted text>It would still be cheaper to go to horizon. If the doctor bills insurance for a weight loss consultation, the claim will get denied and you'll have to pay out of pocket. Thus happened to my husband. The visit cost us $120, so you have that plus the cost of drugs. If you go to horizon the 1st visit is $120 including prescription and $100 each visit after that because they give you a coupon every time. I lost 40 in 3 months on it but honestly it's because I changed my diet and exercise, not because I took the drug.
Well I wouldn't go solely for the diet drug. I have not been to a doctor in years so I have a few things I would want checked out.
Info

Morehead, KY

#10 May 27, 2011
interested wrote:
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Well I wouldn't go solely for the diet drug. I have not been to a doctor in years so I have a few things I would want checked out.
But keep in mind, if at that visit the doctor prescribes a weight loss drug, it will then be in their record that the visit was primarily for weight loss reasons regardless of what other things you might ask about and the insurance can still deny it. They look for any opportunity to get out of paying what they should. I had a situation recently that was very similar to this one. I asked my son about it, who processes claims for a very large health insurance company and he confirmed, that is what they do and I just had to pay. In my instance, it was simply a question I asked about some occasional situational anxiety among questions about several other health concerns I was having. No meds were even prescribed for it, but the insurance company picked up on that one thing and denied paying their usual 80%. It was not even the reason for my going to the doctor!
Insurance Tricks

Morehead, KY

#11 May 28, 2011
Info wrote:
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But keep in mind, if at that visit the doctor prescribes a weight loss drug, it will then be in their record that the visit was primarily for weight loss reasons regardless of what other things you might ask about and the insurance can still deny it. They look for any opportunity to get out of paying what they should. I had a situation recently that was very similar to this one. I asked my son about it, who processes claims for a very large health insurance company and he confirmed, that is what they do and I just had to pay. In my instance, it was simply a question I asked about some occasional situational anxiety among questions about several other health concerns I was having. No meds were even prescribed for it, but the insurance company picked up on that one thing and denied paying their usual 80%. It was not even the reason for my going to the doctor!
Wow, now that does not sound fair. Bit by Bit our HIPPA rights are going down the drain, more and more often I am hearing of insurance denying customers on things they say or may just ask their doctor. I guess if it goes in the doctor's notes the insurance companies get the complete report...

It REMINDS me of Auto Insurance. I heard from a close family source about what happened to another driver. Like a zillion other drivers in this area the driver HIT A DEER. Normally a person with colllision coverage can pay their deductable and the car insurance will cover the rest- which in my case was once about $2,500 for a "shade tree mechanic" down the road to get my ole 99 S-10 pickup back on the road after hitting a deer going 70MPH near the 129 marker on east US 64.

I now hear that as the facts pan out a local man was refused coverage for the damage to his car/truck when hitting a deer on the road resulting in thousands of $$ in damage. The reason for denying any settlement?? THE INSURANCE REP ADVISED THE DRIVER THEY WOULD OF SETTLED $$ WITH HIM IF THE DRIVER'S CAR/TRUCK WAS HIT BY THE DEER. BUT BECAUSE HE SAID HE HIT THE DEER WHILE DRIVING THAT SHOWED HE DID NOT HAVE CONTROL OF HIS CAR/TRUCK, THUS THEY DENIED HIS CLAIM!

The above story does not sound fair to me, not even legal to me. As I see it the deer is in the driver's right of way and thus it should not be the driver's fault. But, for everyone that has collision insurance and hits a deer, you might want to watch what words you tell the local police as to if you drove into the deer, or perhaps the deer ran into your car/truck instead!- Wow what will they think of next.
Info

Morehead, KY

#12 May 28, 2011
Insurance Tricks wrote:
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Wow, now that does not sound fair. Bit by Bit our HIPPA rights are going down the drain, more and more often I am hearing of insurance denying customers on things they say or may just ask their doctor. I guess if it goes in the doctor's notes the insurance companies get the complete report...
It REMINDS me of Auto Insurance. I heard from a close family source about what happened to another driver. Like a zillion other drivers in this area the driver HIT A DEER. Normally a person with colllision coverage can pay their deductable and the car insurance will cover the rest- which in my case was once about $2,500 for a "shade tree mechanic" down the road to get my ole 99 S-10 pickup back on the road after hitting a deer going 70MPH near the 129 marker on east US 64.
I now hear that as the facts pan out a local man was refused coverage for the damage to his car/truck when hitting a deer on the road resulting in thousands of $$ in damage. The reason for denying any settlement?? THE INSURANCE REP ADVISED THE DRIVER THEY WOULD OF SETTLED $$ WITH HIM IF THE DRIVER'S CAR/TRUCK WAS HIT BY THE DEER. BUT BECAUSE HE SAID HE HIT THE DEER WHILE DRIVING THAT SHOWED HE DID NOT HAVE CONTROL OF HIS CAR/TRUCK, THUS THEY DENIED HIS CLAIM!
The above story does not sound fair to me, not even legal to me. As I see it the deer is in the driver's right of way and thus it should not be the driver's fault. But, for everyone that has collision insurance and hits a deer, you might want to watch what words you tell the local police as to if you drove into the deer, or perhaps the deer ran into your car/truck instead!- Wow what will they think of next.
I have actually heard of that happening before, but it was with one of these off-the-wall insurance companies, not one of the standard (like State Farm, Farm Bureau, etc.). I had a dog run out in front of me a couple years ago, did $2600+ damage, luckily my insurance company (SF) took care of it the way they should have. People often don't realize that when they choose a cut-rate company, they end up paying, one way or another.
FYI

Dahlonega, GA

#13 May 31, 2011
your general practitioner can prescribe adipex
interested

Morehead, KY

#14 May 31, 2011
I know most doctors can prescribe it, but I was told that a lot won't.
FYI

Dahlonega, GA

#15 Jun 2, 2011
well it is an amphetamine and it is addictive...two things physicians in this area are extremely sensitive too for good cause

if you have a legitimate need to take this medication for weight loss a good physician should be able to discern, but there is always good ol' fashion diet and exercise, which is much more effective
faith

Morehead, KY

#16 Jun 3, 2011
dr. aphrem prescribed it to me in olive hill-kings daughter's clinic. but he was a butthole and took me off after i only lost 5 lbs in the 1st month, he said i should've lost more. he was so mean, telling me i needed to get off my butt and do something (literally said that) and i was working full time, college part time and raising my child. it helps a bit, but you have to commit totally to changing your diet and more exercise. just ask your doctor, some are more hesitant than others.
Been there

Morehead, KY

#17 Jun 3, 2011
faith wrote:
it helps a bit, but you have to commit totally to changing your diet and more exercise.
Exactly! And the plain fact is that if you do those things, you will lose weight anyway, not to mention improving your health.

So many people want to just take a pill and watch the weight fall off. Sorry people, it just doesn't work that way. I truly wish it did. But if you reduce your calories and increase your activity, you will lose weight. Taking Adipex may help to slightly increase the amount of weight you lose, but it isn't going to do it all, and as soon as you stop taking it, unless you have made and continue the lifestyle changes, the weight will come right back on. Been there, done that.
Pleased

Morehead, KY

#18 Jun 3, 2011
interested wrote:
So, I guess that brings me back to the original question. No, it is not covered by insurance but is just $25 per month and I am OK with that as long as the doctors visit is covered. I have not had insurance for years so I do not have a family doctor I could go to about this.
I have looked up the requirements for the drug (must have BMI of over 27, mine is over 40). What doctors should I call to see about this?
I have been taking the drug since January and I have lost 55 lbs,
it has helped me with my appetite, it makes me feel good, but not gittery. I only take one pill a day instead of two, so it lasts me two months, after the first visit for 120.00 they give you a coupon for 20.00, so after that it only costs you 100.00. So I only pay 50.00 a month, I save that much on food. You can go to a doctor but you have to report every month, and my co-pay is 30.00 and they want you to keep up a diet book and show them every time. I would just as soon pay 50.00 a month,(after first visit)
you walk in, they weigh you, ask if you are doing okay and if you have any questions. Pick up your pills, pay for them and you are out the door in five or ten minutes.
West

Vine Grove, KY

#19 Jul 2, 2012
Pleased wrote:
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I have been taking the drug since January and I have lost 55 lbs,
it has helped me with my appetite, it makes me feel good, but not gittery. I only take one pill a day instead of two, so it lasts me two months, after the first visit for 120.00 they give you a coupon for 20.00, so after that it only costs you 100.00. So I only pay 50.00 a month, I save that much on food. You can go to a doctor but you have to report every month, and my co-pay is 30.00 and they want you to keep up a diet book and show them every time. I would just as soon pay 50.00 a month,(after first visit)
you walk in, they weigh you, ask if you are doing okay and if you have any questions. Pick up your pills, pay for them and you are out the door in five or ten minutes.
I am so sorry to bother you, but by any chance can you please tell me the name of your doctor. I have moved due to the military and I am trying to find a doctor to place me back on adipex.
drownin in footware

Morehead, KY

#20 Jul 3, 2012
yes i have had it prescribed by a dr here it works

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