Multiple Sclerosis Community
9.2k Members
Avatar universal

MS & new meds

My doctor wants me to start Lexapro because of depression & anxiety symptoms.  My insurance company is denying because I also take Ampyra, Rebiff & Nuvigil.  Do these drugs interact with each other that insurance would deny it?
5 Responses
1453990 tn?1329235026
Lexapro (Escitalopram) is an SSRI.  Your insurance may want the Dr, to go with a cheaper SSRI or have a justification on why he is prescribing Lexapro.  Typical cost control measure.

1896811 tn?1323981959
I'm sorry your insurance is giving you issues. Although I have no idea if it has anything to do with possible interactions. Sometimes it has to do with the dose (this is what happened to me with Lexapro). My doctor wanted to bump me up to 15mg from 10mg per day. Because the pill only comes in 10 or 20 mg my insurance would not cover the 45 pills monthly I would need to give me that 15mg dose per day...frustrating! I moved up to the 20 mg and had no issues with that so it was not too big of a deal...although I would love to be on less if it would have done the same good job with my anxiety issues!
Good Luck,
875426 tn?1325532016
Check with your pharmacist/pharmacist coach on this.  Actually, insurance should not deny, in my opinion, unless you are taking a drug that does the same thing or it is not a covered drug under their formulary.  (You would check with your insurance to see if Lexapro is on their formulary, because those books they mail out don't always list everything).  

Insurance also might, if you are trying to get a tier exception for the name brand medication, recommend the generic or, if there is not a generic, some other drug that is cheaper in the same vein that they feel will do the same thing.  You would have to prove why you can't take those other medications for them to grant you a tier exception (depends on the HMO).

It actually should be the pharmacy that would deny you filling it if they see a contraindication, whether it has to do with a drug allergy they are concerned might have implications for you taking Lexapro (ie a related drug), a drug interaction, you are taking other medication that would be vying for the same receptors in your body, or if it would be harmful for you to take with a medical condition you have.
667078 tn?1316004535
Sometimes my Insurance will deny drugs which have black box warnings or interactions. I have been able to get them over ridden by my Doctor talking to the insurance company.

572651 tn?1531002957
call your doctor about the stop on this rx by the insurance company and let them work it out.  My neurologist did that last month when I was denied provigil - he turned it around in 24 hours.  The doctors know what they are doing with the insurance game and know the right things to say to get it approved.

good luck,
Have an Answer?
Top Neurology Answerers
987762 tn?1331031553
5265383 tn?1483811956
1756321 tn?1547098925
Queensland, Australia
1780921 tn?1499305393
Queen Creek, AZ
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out how beta-blocker eye drops show promising results for acute migraine relief.
In this special Missouri Medicine report, doctors examine advances in diagnosis and treatment of this devastating and costly neurodegenerative disease.
Here are 12 simple – and fun! – ways to boost your brainpower.
Discover some of the causes of dizziness and how to treat it.
Discover the common causes of headaches and how to treat headache pain.
Two of the largest studies on Alzheimer’s have yielded new clues about the disease