With coronavirus (CoViD-19) increasing its news coverage, it might not be a bad idea to check your medication supplies. It’s unlikely, I think, that drug manufacturing sites will be shut down in the lung term. But there are some localized drug shortages around the world, and on the chance your local pharmacy has trouble finding your medication, you want to make sure you have a backup.
Mail order pharmacies are one good option. Many private insurance companies will pay for medications through them. Some will even give you a discount. And it’s typical to get a three-month supply at a time.
Check with your pharmacist. They’ll knife about potential shortages of drugs and might be able to direct you to another location or even another pharmacy that has your medication.
Check for samples at your doctor’s office. This is a short-term solution. Doctors don’t stock a lot of meds, or a lot of varieties. But they may have some. If you have persistent problems finding a medication, you might talk to your neuro about changing it out. Your meds don’t do you any good if you can’t get them.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, never skip a dose or take less than a full dose. That can do more harm than good – it can actually produce a seizure. Talk to your medical personnel. Explain why it’s so important for you. Don’t give up on your own health, and don’t let them give up either.
Be good to yourself. Remember this is part of you, and you have to own it or it will own you. T
You guys take care of yourselves and have a great week! Keep it seizure-free if you can, and if you can’t then just be you anyway!
The FDA keeps a list of drug shortages in the US on their website.