Tuesday, September 3, 2013
But that's not really the interesting thing. The interesting thing is that I read last week's comments, and Mary, a reader that comments often on my posts (thanks Mary!!!), asked me "why won't your doctor continuing prescribing Qsymia?". Well I'll be. It was kind of like a little light bulb went off in my head. When my primary care physician said he wouldn't prescribe any more past this month I simply rolled over and said, "ok". He used CVS's 5 month maximum refill as a guideline for prescribing the medicine, when in actuality it was just their arbitrary guideline too. I don't believe it had anything to do with safety. And honestly, it was the guideline I had originally imposed on myself because I didn't want to be on the meds any longer than that amount of time, and because it is so damn expensive, and because I thought it would be great practice to try and do it on my own for the last 10 or 12 pounds, and because I thought I'd be at goal within that time frame. How hard could it be, right? Wrong.
Well, suddenly this morning I'm reconsidering. And I will tell you why. I have a pattern. It's a secret and it's awful. I have done this before. I've come within inches of my personal finish line, stopped, never reached it and it was like I had some kind of an emotional bungee cord attached to me that just pulled me right back to where I started. It's happened to me twice before and I will be damned if it's going to happen again. I did not come this far to not be able to say "I have reached my weight loss goal and I am now on maintenance."
Qysmia makes this product in 3 different strengths for a reason. Right? I have not lost any significant weight for about 7 weeks now and I want to reach my goal. I have 10-13 pounds to go. I am not giving up now. I made a decision to advocate for myself and push harder to continue on the medicine until I've reached my goal. Otherwise, what was the point of all this hard work and expense??? Starting with calling Vivus this morning to find out what their opinion is about my plateau and whether I should ask my doctor for the stronger strength now and then writing to my doctor and asking for what I want.
Funny thing is that my HMO doesn't cover the medicine, so I imagine I could find another doctor somewhere to prescribe it to me...but more expense.
I will keep you posted! Wish me luck!
UPDATE: I JUST WROTE TO MY DOCTOR AND ASKED HIM TO PLEASE LET ME CONTINUE AND IN FACT UP MY DOSAGE TO THE NEXT LEVEL FOR THE NEXT 2 MONTHS! I ALSO WROTE TO A LOCAL DIET DOCTOR WHO IS PRESCRIBING IT. CERTAINLY IF I'M WILLING TO PAY FOR THE INITIAL VISIT FEES I'LL BE ABLE TO FIND SOMEONE ELSE THAT WILL PRESCRIBE IT FOR ME...AFTER ALL, I'M PAYING OUT OF POCKET!