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queenhlf posted:
I have been diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus. My insurance company has denied proton pump inhibitors because it is "outside FDA guidelines".
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biancalthompson responded:
You can purchase these over the counter. I have GERD but only take medications when I have persistent pain or reflux. I use omeprazole otherwise know as Prilosec
 
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calgal37 responded:
Queenhif, go back to your doctor and have his office work to push through his recommended medication. In some instances the insurance company can balk at a specific medication, but your doc can change to another brand the insurance company WILL approve, or they can say that nothing else will work for you and push the issue.
 
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queenhlf replied to biancalthompson's response:
Ummm Barret's esophagus is precancerous and the over the counter medications do no work for me. Thank you for responding.
 
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queenhlf replied to calgal37's response:
Thank you, I have filed an appeal and I will see where that leads me.
 
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kellyerb66 responded:
I have Barrett's as well. I've had it for many years now. I am taking Omeprazole 40 mg 2 x a day and I'm okay for the most part as long as I don't miss a dose. It can be purchased over the counter but it can get costly taking that high a dose since over the counter it only goes to 20 mg I think. I would have my doctor petition the insurance company or ask your doctor if there is another medication that your insurance will cover and be just as effective. I had a great doctor for many years who even gave me samples free when I could not afford to buy my meds. I think I was just lucky there. but sometimes your doctor may give you more help than you thought... doesn't hurt to ask.
Lot's of luck to you. I totally understand how it feels. GERD is bad enough... but once it's Barrett's it's harder to manage. At least I've found it to be.
 
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queenhlf replied to kellyerb66's response:
Thank you. It is harder once it gets to Barrett's. I filed an appeal and they approved it.


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