so many people were still interested in my journey. Thanks to those of you who posted comments on my last entry! I'll come back to this a bit more frequently.
For the moment, I am on "cruise control". I started taking Femara three weeks ago, and so far I am not experiencing any visible side effects. The drug is expensive without insurance coverage (about $400 a month from what I hear). My insurance covers most of it, and my three month supply is $80. Additionally, Novartis has a program called "Femara Cares" and there is a coupon on their website, available for the taking. I did send that coupon in with my prescription and it appears ExpressScripts either missed it or doesn't honor it. If they don't honor it, I can send my prescription receipt in to Novartis and they will refund my copay down to $10 a month. This is quite impressive for a "big pharma" company. I've got to give them credit for doing a really good thing. They will refund copays up to $800 annually.
One of the possible long term effects of Femara is osteoporosis. I am scheduled for a bone density scan tomorrow, which will determine whether or not we add a bisphosphonate to my regime (think Sally Field's ad for Boniva). I have added calcium and vitamin D to my daily pill consumption. I had my "D" level tested and it came in at 45...not bad but not great. I'd like to get it up to at least 70.
Speaking of pill consumption, I had to buy one of those pill boxes with AM and PM sections. With diabetic meds, acetaminophen for my arthritic knees, and supplements that hopefully keep me healthy, I was opening way too many bottles twice a day and it was getting hard to keep track of what I was taking (ok, feel like an old lady now...lol). It's a good thing I don't have an issue swallowing pills - some of them are rather large! I actually have just 3 prescriptions - metformin, cozaar, and femara. Everything else is OTC. Oh, except for that wonderful little bottle of sleeping pills. Never thought I'd need those, but let me tell you - during all the waiting and wondering and worrying, they were necessary to turn off my brain at 2 a.m. so I could sleep. Fortunately, I am now managing to sleep OK most nights without the little hypnotic aid.