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Old 03-23-2019, 14:48   #1
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Because of a screw up on both mine and my doctor's side, I ran out of test strips and I can't get anymore unless I shell out $90 out of my own pockets. I'm not covered again until December 2019. In December 2018, my doctor prescribed Jardiance but not the blood measuring device. My pharmacist had to call him and ask for a prescription for the reader and test strips. No one told me how much I should do it. The pharmacy gave me a log book where it said do it before breakfast, after breakfast, before lunch...well you get the idea. So I used a lot. I should have asked if there was a limit to the strip coverage but I'm just so tired all the time.

I found out March 2, 2019 (my doctor's appointment) that I only need to do the fasting test (uses only one strip a day!).

Before I ran out of strips, I was around 7.5-8.0 as my fasting glucose. I cut out a lot of junk food in Dec 2018 up until now and am taking 25 mg of Jardiance every day. Should I buy more strips with my own money? I don't have much money but I don't want to put my health at risk. I'm getting an eye exam soon (I notice things are blurrier and it's harder to read) and maybe, if there is any damage, I'll have to buy the strips.

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Old 03-23-2019, 19:47   #2
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Should I buy more strips with my own money? I don't have much money but I don't want to put my health at risk. I'm getting an eye exam soon (I notice things are blurrier and it's harder to read) and maybe, if there is any damage, I'll have to buy the strips.
I would buy with my own money (in fact, I do, for various reasons). You want to test -- that's the only way you'll know how you're doing (most of us can't tell what our blood glucose is just by "feel" unless it's dangerously high or low). And, if you're still testing to determine what foods you can eat or not eat, testing with a meter is necessary. When I first started out I was going through maybe 50 strips a week (fasting test, multiple times after meals, and the inevitable goof on my part). Maybe you don't need that many at this stage but you need some.

Strips don't have to cost much. Some mail-order/on-line sources may be much cheaper than your local drugstore for the same brand-name strips. My strips cost under 25 cents each; I've seen strips under 20 cents each depending on the brand and vendor.

One option would be to buy a new meter that uses much cheaper strips. Walmart offers a house-branded meter with cheaper strips; CVS drugstores sell a CVS-branded meter and 50 strips for around $25 total; the place where I get my strips on-line (and, presumably, several on-line vendors like them) can sell me an Agamatrix meter and 50 strips for $20 and shipping. There really are no terrible meters out there and even the cheapest ones can give you the information you need.

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Old 03-23-2019, 21:16   #3
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I would buy with my own money (in fact, I do, for various reasons). You want to test -- that's the only way you'll know how you're doing (most of us can't tell what our blood glucose is just by "feel" unless it's dangerously high or low). And, if you're still testing to determine what foods you can eat or not eat, testing with a meter is necessary. When I first started out I was going through maybe 50 strips a week (fasting test, multiple times after meals, and the inevitable goof on my part). Maybe you don't need that many at this stage but you need some.

Strips don't have to cost much. Some mail-order/on-line sources may be much cheaper than your local drugstore for the same brand-name strips. My strips cost under 25 cents each; I've seen strips under 20 cents each depending on the brand and vendor.

One option would be to buy a new meter that uses much cheaper strips. Walmart offers a house-branded meter with cheaper strips; CVS drugstores sell a CVS-branded meter and 50 strips for around $25 total; the place where I get my strips on-line (and, presumably, several on-line vendors like them) can sell me an Agamatrix meter and 50 strips for $20 and shipping. There really are no terrible meters out there and even the cheapest ones can give you the information you need.
Thanks for the help. I feel I should measure the fasting every day. Are there any Canadians on here who know if the meters and strips at Walmart can be bought without a prescription?

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I'm so sorry that you're having to deal with this.

I'm wondering how you've been doing with the testing and tracking your BG. Have you been able to get a good feel yet for what foods don't raise your BG.

Certainly taking the medication is going to impact your blood sugar management. Since you've been testing while taking the medication, have you been able to determine how low it brings your BG?

Added: I see you posted while I was writing my reply. Do you have Walgreens in Canada. In the US, no prescription is needed to purchase any meter. The Rx is used to get the supplies cheaper through insurance.

For your own peace of mind, I'd suggest purchasing strips so that at least for a couple months you can monitor your BG compared to carbohydrate consumption and be sure that the medication isn't lowering your BG too much. Using meds can be tricky, but if you monitor closely and make good records, you should be able to work out a meal plan that works for you.

(Since you live in Canada don't have the lower-priced meters mentioned by Steve - is there an over-the-counter meter available to you that the strips would cost less? I stopped using a prescription meter a few years ago because I could purchase strips at least what I was paying out with insurance, and even a little less. I buy thru Amazon. I like not needing a prescription for these - can get them anytime I need/want. But you may not have this option.)

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I see you posted while I was writing my reply.

Do you have Walmart in Canada? In the U.S. a prescription is not needed to purchase any meter and strips. To get them through an insurance company (at a lower cost) then you have to have a Rx.

Hopefully it's the same in Canada.

Oh, never mind, I see Steve already covered this. I should concentrate when reading.!!

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I'm so sorry that you're having to deal with this.

I'm wondering how you've been doing with the testing and tracking your BG. Have you been able to get a good feel yet for what foods don't raise your BG.

Certainly taking the medication is going to impact your blood sugar management. Since you've been testing while taking the medication, have you been able to determine how low it brings your BG?

Added: I see you posted while I was writing my reply. Do you have Walgreens in Canada. In the US, no prescription is needed to purchase any meter. The Rx is used to get the supplies cheaper through insurance.

For your own peace of mind, I'd suggest purchasing strips so that at least for a couple months you can monitor your BG compared to carbohydrate consumption and be sure that the medication isn't lowering your BG too much. Using meds can be tricky, but if you monitor closely and make good records, you should be able to work out a meal plan that works for you.

(Since you live in Canada don't have the lower-priced meters mentioned by Steve - is there an over-the-counter meter available to you that the strips would cost less? I stopped using a prescription meter a few years ago because I could purchase strips at least what I was paying out with insurance, and even a little less. I buy thru Amazon. I like not needing a prescription for these - can get them anytime I need/want. But you may not have this option.)
I have an idea of what foods raise my blood sugar. The problem is that they taste good and I don't want to axe them from the diet. I barely care about all this. Since I'm not measuring right now, I just got rid of Ristorante pizza and also sugar-free chocolate (I had it a few times after my diabetes diagnosis) because they're too carby. But, I'm worried being restrictive will make me binge eat in the future.

I don't know how much Jardiance lowers my blood sugar because I cant wait the full two hours after eating break fast (and taking Jardiance) to find out. I can barely last an hour without snacking. I seem to be bored with every hobby I have except for eating food.

I tested several times a day, randomly, and never saw the sugar go over 11. (Well, there was only one time when it was 14.) Usually, it's between 7.5 to 10.0. I've never gotten it down to 6-anything.

I don't think we have a Walgreens.

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I'd rather not buy my own strips. It's bad enough that I had to pay $230 for medication before Christmas because another doctor screwed up . So, to anyone reading this, never agree to take boxed samples of psychiatric drugs that are not covered by your insurance. The doctor could go on vacation and leave you short of these sample boxes of meds by weeks and then you'll have to buy your own. $$$

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I'm sorry that happened to you. My insurance no longer covers my One Touch, but I still have a lot of lancets left. So, I ended up having to buy strips from amazon.

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