Post by thebodyelectric on Aug 13, 2018 13:27:50 GMT -5
Hello everyone! This is my first post on the forums here. Regarding using the Telemedicine doctor. Bonatom mentioned that the session was $100 and he got the prescription. I'm wondering how many refills was the prescription good for? Last year I went to a doctor that gave me a script good for 1 year and I'd go to him again if I have to but his office is about an hour away. He charged me $120. So, $100 sounds good but if that is every month or 2 then I'd be better off driving the 2 hours.
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Post by thebodyelectric on Aug 16, 2018 13:51:29 GMT -5
Hi Joesixpack! Thanks for the speedy reply and welcoming me to OSL. Just an update to my last and first post. I decided to go to the original doctor that I went to last year. I mentioned to him that I was a slow responder and that I had tried 75 and 100mg for a period of time. So, he wrote me another prescription but this time for 2 tablets a day refillable for a whole year. I am so thrilled that I don't have to worry about my supply depending on my dosage probably for 2+ years. I'll introduce myself and my story in a separate post.
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Post by excitedbeyondmeasure on Aug 31, 2018 16:37:12 GMT -5
I am super excited to find you all...TSM... Nal ... and release. I have been praying for eons “ please just take away my constant craving (I haer the song of that same title and always think wine!). And although I am ONLY one day in, I am ABSOLUTELY certain I have found my answered prayer.
Used MDProactive, got the fon doc, the Rx (woa!!! $139.00 at Walgrn for 20 50mgs !!!) and started last night.
Doc said start with half tab first two days Logged in the pill. Went on to read more blog stuff, bing went the bell, and like Pavlov‘s dogs I began to anticipate my reward. I had it in a beautiful crystal glass (measured) ... that luscious looking dark red Cabernet.
Took my first sip.
Nothing. No zing. No waves of relief. No excitement.
Really??? Well, I had another glass... just because I usually have two or three. Nothing. No buzz. No high. Maybe my third would do it?? Now I was halfway through that and it felt stupid to be drinking it. Was tempted to pour the rest down the drain. Don’t know why, but I finished it.
I felt a bit fluffy headed like on cold medicine but no sensation of a buzz. I ate a sandwich and went to bed.
Alcohol metabolising usually wakes me up at 2-3 a.m. So it did last night. But I was super overwhelmed to journal so I sat up writing for an hour or so. Could not stop smiling and feeling great waves of gratitude. For Dr Escapa, Dr Sinclair. Claudia Christian. Ted talk. TSM But most especially that I felt FREE from the lust that has invaded my head for wayyyyyy too long. I feel such relief I can breathe again.
I am a TSM sponge and for the past 10 days have vacuumed up everything I can get on it. I am obsessed with getting my headspace back. I feel such relief that I can eradicte the neural pathwsys that have long ago become the superhighway to alcohol thoughts.
My only regret is that I didn’t find this sooner. But it was not for lack of trying and searching.
I thank this forum and community for their bright beams of wisdom and hope. Go TSM’rs!!!
Post by joesixpack on Aug 31, 2018 16:51:58 GMT -5
"(woa!!! $139.00 at Walgrn for 20 50mgs !!!)"
Welcome to OSL, Excited!!
Go to GoodRx.com and that should get you a discount at Walgreens and will likely give you the names of some pharmacies with lower prices yet, so you can tell the doc to send the Rx to that one next time. I haven't ever tried it, but maybe Walgreens would give yo a partial refund if you jump on it? No need to join or sign up, just punch in the meds you're looking for and your zip code if needed.
Search on Honeymoon here using the search tool in the menu bar, as people often get an initial drop in drinking levels but that goes back up (and down and up and down and... you get the idea).
Thanks so much about telling us about your launch! Maybe pop over to the Progress section and start a thread so it's easy to keep all your posts about your TSM journey together. We all look forward to hearing more about how you're doing, so don't be shy about posting!
As it relates to telemedicine providers, that's how I initially got the prescription for naltrexone. The doctor I went to isn't doing TSM anymore. But it was a great experience and of course I found the resource through
I've learned from doing videos this past year and talking with loads of people that TSM is different for everyone. So many people have a hard time with it for countless different reasons. I feel like having the support of a group or program can be extremely helpful when embarking down this road of changing your relationship to alcohol. Even me, I went to therapy for months because of all of these demons that I was finally having to face now that I was sober. While there are plenty of people who can go at it alone (ie, just medication without support), the majority of people I've interacted with have needed more support... which is totally understandable! Guys, we are changing a major aspect of our lives... most of us were numbed out by alcohol for years (or decades) and as we de-numb ourselves, so much comes to the surface... and we are totally changing HOW we drink, adding medication to it, mindfulness, etc.
For that reason, I just want to give a shout out to an organization I just started working with, called Ria Health - riahealth.com/. They are a subscription based telemedicine company with an amazing team of experts who are experienced in treating alcohol addiction using medications, like naltrexone, but others as well for those who naltrexone doesn't work for. Their chief medical officer is Dr John Mendelson and he's been working in the field of addiction for over 30 years, and he's amazing. He cares so much about helping people and takes an approach that is really friendly, fun and compassionate. Claudia Christian is on their advisory board also for this reason .
I wish I had known about Ria Health when I first started... when you sign up you have access to an entire care team who is there to answer any questions, meet with you, guide you, change medications if needed, talk about problems, successes... you name it.
Anywayy... just had to give that shout out today for anyone who is looking for a more formal program that can help them to overcome their alcohol dependence.
On the MDProactive website, Arkansas is not listed. What options do I have if I am in Arkansas? I made an appointment with a clinic in Tulsa but I really don't want to drive that far (5 hours). I started filling out their forms but they are asking for a lot of information. I don't want to get to the end of it and then get rejected because I don't live in the right state. I haven't tried my family doctor but I don't even think it's worth it. Arkansas is a big AA state and most everyone here thinks it is the only way to go. It's not for me though.
Yeah, it looks like there isn't anything in Arkansas, Telemedicine or otherwise.
If you live within reasonable distance of a pharmacy in a state that is covered by MDProactive, they don't have a problem sending your Rx there. Don't forget to use GoodRx.com to pick a pharmacy before you call MDProactive. GoodRx will help you get the medication at the best price, just punch in Naltrexone and set the zip code for the area you have in mind. Costco has good prices on Nal too and you don't need a membership for their pharmacy.
Last Edit: Dec 7, 2018 22:20:39 GMT -5 by joesixpack
I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to give the thumbs up to mdproactive. My pyschiatrist seemed to have no knowledge of TSM as he wanted me to go 10 days sober before prescribing naltrexone. I was skeptical about the telemedicine route but it was convenient and too-the-point and it was nice knowing that I'm talking to a doc that knows how to us naltrexone. He actually asked me what I knew about the Sinclair method to make sure I understood it fully. To anyone skeptical like I was and having trouble getting their regular docs to prescribe it, I highly encourage to try this route if it's available to you.
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