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Author Topic: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse  (Read 3147 times)

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Offline mattdude

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Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« on: July 20, 2010, 12:36:35 PM »
Okay. Not the apocalypse.

But I'm a big traveler, and I want to take 5 to 6 months and travel around India, Nepal and Bangladesh some time next year.

If I'm receiving Atripla through the Canadian Trillium program, is there any way of getting a few months worth of Atripla at a time, instead of month by month?

I'm determined to not let being on meds stop me from seeing the world.

Offline TabooPrincess

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2010, 03:37:49 PM »
Not sure how it works over your side of the water but I know people regularly say they've lost prescriptions here, or they go back for more before the docs have noticed and send the surplus back to family in Africa.  But it's free for us, I don't know about you.  If you're paying for it then surely you can have it when you want???
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Started meds for pregnancy (Kaletra, AZT, Viread)
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Offline bocker3

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2010, 05:41:05 PM »
I've built up a stockpile by getting my refill at the earliest possible moment.  I use a mail order pharmacy -- with a 90 day Rx.  I simply refill about 3 weeks early -- over a couple of years I've managed to build up a 6 month stockpile.  See what the earliest date for a refill is possible and do it then.  It will take some time to build it up, but it should work.

Mike
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Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
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Nov05 288/18%  47,564
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May2013 691/31% <20

Offline RVinVA

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2010, 06:00:23 PM »
I'm doing the same thing for different reasons. I was laid off in April 2009 and my COBRA benefits end in October 2010. If I don't find another job before then I am basically screwed, so I've been careful to refill my prescription at the earliest possible moment. By the time I would lose insurance I will have a six-month stockpile at the ready. 

It sucks to have to do these things but one has to be creative in protecting health.

Good luck!

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2010, 06:11:39 PM »
I've built up a stockpile by getting my refill at the earliest possible moment.  I use a mail order pharmacy -- with a 90 day Rx.  I simply refill about 3 weeks early -- over a couple of years I've managed to build up a 6 month stockpile.  See what the earliest date for a refill is possible and do it then.  It will take some time to build it up, but it should work.

Mike

That is a good idea!

Offline Strayboy74

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 11:50:54 AM »
Well... 12/21/2012 you can probably not worry about it anymore... if the mayan calendar (and a multitude of others) are correct.

Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2010, 11:59:37 AM »
Stray,  you dont really believe that do you? 

Offline metekrop

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2010, 12:03:35 PM »
That is a good idea!

This is helpfull.  I started doing so.  And so fare I have a one moth and five days stockpile.  I order on the twenty severnth day for one month refill.
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Offline Strayboy74

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2010, 12:03:35 PM »
I believe what the scientists say... that the world will be in gallactic allignment...  I also beliieve the theories of polar shifts, and that the magnetic fields around the earth may not protect us quite the same as they have in the past.    that's what I REALLY believe.

;)

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2010, 12:20:10 PM »
For a moment I thought I missed the memo on the Apocalypse.

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Offline Strayboy74

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2010, 12:33:09 PM »
you never know.  :)

Offline wtfimpoz

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2010, 12:54:03 PM »
I've built up a stockpile by getting my refill at the earliest possible moment.  I use a mail order pharmacy -- with a 90 day Rx.  I simply refill about 3 weeks early -- over a couple of years I've managed to build up a 6 month stockpile.  See what the earliest date for a refill is possible and do it then.  It will take some time to build it up, but it should work.

Mike

Isn't there, like, some kinda expiration date???

And I'm in the states.  I've got a prescription from ym doc but don't plan on starting treatment yet.  He knows this.  Could I filly me prescription, hoard it for when is necessary and get another prescription to fill in a month when I likely WILL start treamtnet?
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Offline Strayboy74

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2010, 12:59:28 PM »
expiration dates are bullshit.

Offline mecch

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2010, 03:28:50 PM »
Isn't there, like, some kinda expiration date???


You use the oldest one in your stock, so if you have a 6 month stock you are using the one you got 6 months ago, which is well within 1-3 year expiration dates. Got it?
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Offline bocker3

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2010, 05:52:28 PM »
Isn't there, like, some kinda expiration date???

And I'm in the states.  I've got a prescription from ym doc but don't plan on starting treatment yet.  He knows this.  Could I filly me prescription, hoard it for when is necessary and get another prescription to fill in a month when I likely WILL start treamtnet?

I'm in the US too....   Most prescriptions give a one-year expiration date -- although this is probably not terribly important, I stick with it.  You just have to remember to rotate so that you are using the oldest first.

If you are planning to start in another month, then I guess you could fill the script now and start your refills as you go along -- thus giving you an instant month back up when you do start.

Mike
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Offline Inchlingblue

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2010, 09:05:41 PM »
When I first joined here I got the idea from Bocker about stockpiling (thanks, Mike!).

I filled my first Isentress/Truvada Rx but my numbers were still decent so I waited a month before starting. Once I started I've been re-filling as soon as they let it go through, which is every 24 days. It's been one year since starting meds and I have at least 2 months' extra, probably more I haven't really counted.

As Mecch explained, I use the oldest ones first.

It gives me a sense of security to have them in case anything goes wrong.

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2010, 09:13:46 PM »
Well... 12/21/2012 you can probably not worry about it anymore... if the mayan calendar (and a multitude of others) are correct.
expiration dates are bullshit.

I find this to be full of win

Offline Strayboy74

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2010, 07:54:48 AM »
full of huh?   ;)

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2010, 07:19:35 PM »
full of huh?   ;)

I was just teasing you and in the words of Ke$ha, "I like your beard".

Offline Strayboy74

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2010, 07:35:25 PM »
thanks. ;)  I like your beard too. :)

Offline fearless

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2010, 09:26:41 PM »
Okay. Not the apocalypse.

But I'm a big traveler, and I want to take 5 to 6 months and travel around India, Nepal and Bangladesh some time next year.

If I'm receiving Atripla through the Canadian Trillium program, is there any way of getting a few months worth of Atripla at a time, instead of month by month?

I'm determined to not let being on meds stop me from seeing the world.

Can't you just tell your doctor you will be travelling for 6 months and therefore you need extra supplies of your medication?
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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2010, 12:26:48 PM »
My husband has built up a 40 day stockpile  for when he has insurance issues, mostly donated from friends that had to quit Atripla. Several times the reserve bottle got down to less than a weeks worth,  but  every month when he gets his pills he counts out 30 old pills and put the new ones in the stockpile bottle  and the older pills in the  bottle he is taking so they never get too old. Rotate you stockpiles so they don't expire.

Offline dixieman

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Re: Stockpiling Atripla for the apocalypse
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2010, 03:29:02 PM »
Well you could pay outta pocket and by-pass the insurance company if you really need to? although the meds are extremely expensive to do so... but, if your going to India for 5-6 months? Why not? it sounds like you do not need to work? So to be serious about this... I have mine stock piled just like everyone else suggested.... it will take time but, I have 4 months of meds just in case... good luck!

 


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