Switch from OTC to prescription meds
February 12, 2008 9:38 AM Subscribe
Will my doctor switch me from an OTC medication to prescription if I just ask nicely?
posted by 0xFCAF to health & fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My employer's health insurance plan has a $0 co-pay for prescriptions. Currently I'm taking Prilosec OTC (paid for out-of-pocket) as recommended by my dermatologist to prevent heartburn aggravated by a different prescription. I'd like to a) not have to pay for it and b) not have to spend my time cutting the pills out of their blister packs.
Medically the Prilosec is working perfectly, so will a reasonable doctor object to switching to a prescription equivalent? I'm assuming there's some slightly different formulation that's not OTC-approved but has the same efficacy profile that I can switch to. If you happen to know the name of such a thing, that'd be good to know.
Barring all of the above, if there's a proton pump inhibitor that just comes as pills in a bottle rather than the ridiculous Prilosec packaging, I'd love to hear about it.