Is Cymbalta a formulary or non formulary drug?
A formulary is a list of preferred medications that a committee of pharmacists and doctors deems to be the safest, most effective and most economical. Non-formulary medications have the highest copayments. If no generic alternative is available, talk with your doctor about choosing and prescribing the absolute best medication for YOU!
A formulary is a listing of prescription drugs that a health plan covers, and as such, drugs that are on the formulary vary with the health plan. You would have to consult with the health plan to determine whether this drug is on it. Note that sometimes a generic version is on the formulary, but not the brand version, or vice versa.
Most places have a formulary of medication, which include the cheapest list of medications or any special deals their pharmacy will give them for cheaper. Any drugs that people are on that are not on the formulary are either substituted for the formulary medication or a non-formulary request must be submitted and can take 1-2 weeks for approval. This is in the context of a medical facility.
A formulary is a list of medicines. A hospital or clinic might have a formulary that comprises typical medications they use. A pharmacy insurance plan may also have a formulary, which lists preferred medicines. A non-formulary medicine is not on the list. In health insurance terms, this usually means that you pay an increased copay if filling that prescription. You may also need to get prior approval from the insurer to start the medication if…
Since the drug Cymbalta alters/mimics the natural neurotransmitters in the brain...nothing would show up on a typical drug test. However, some insurance companies (such as life and some medical plans) do not rely on a drug test, they rely on truth and medical records. One could beat the drug test and end up uninsured due to lack of disclosure.
If you look at the chemical properties of the drugs, there is no difference. If you consider whether your insurance company is going to "cover" the drugs, you need to select a "Formulary Drug." Insurance companies, HMO's, PPO's will cover certain medications...and you can get a list of the drugs that your plan covers...this list is your plan's "formulary." If you are taking a maintenance medication...it is important to "try" and make sure the plan…
Your Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) will tell you that Cozaar is non-formulary because the cost to benefit ratio is not as favorable as other medications in its class (Angiotensin Receptor Blockers). However, at the end of the day-->IT"S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. The PBM has negiotiated a better price/profit strcuture for another ARB. SuperPharmacist
I don't know the exact mechanism by which a drug is classified as "addictive", however, if the withdrawal symptoms are any indication, than I would say yes. Cymbalta is addictive. I was told by my Doctor to just stop the medication since I was on a low dose, 20 mg. Bad idea, horrid symptoms. The only way to get off Cymbalta is to ween off.