Why Make Migraine Sufferers Suffer Even More?

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

June is National Migraine Awareness Month. I thought it would be a good time to review how this medical condition makes so many people suffer, including some of my family and colleagues.Tuesday

I was surprised to learn that more than 36 million people in America live with migraines, and up to a third or more of them are not receiving the best treatment. This is due in part to prescription migraine medications being too expensive or not being covered by their health insurance.

Also, while most people get migraines once or twice a month, 14 million people or about 4% have chronic daily headaches. Their attacks occur at least 15 days per month. Many insurance companies limit the number of migraine medicine doses per month that are covered — in many cases to only 4 pills. This poses a real problem for chronic migraine sufferers who can’t afford the high out-of-pocket price of their prescription medicine.

So what do these chronic headache sufferers do? Given migraines disrupt their everyday life, many live with the fear that they’ll run out of pills. It has been reported that they try to restrict their pill intake and hoard each month. Even worse, these people with severe headaches may sometimes adopt harmful behavior. For example, they may delay taking their expensive prescription medication, which may only make their suffering worse. Or, they may self-medicate using over-the-counter medicine, taking too much and actually causing severe headaches from over-usage.

It is unacceptable that people with migraines suffer because they can’t pay for their prescription medications. It is my hope that Watertree Health’s free Prescription Discount Card can provide much-needed relief. Use our Greatest Prescription Savings (GPS) tool (wtree.us/savingstool) to find the lowest discounted price with our Card on your prescription migraine medication, at pharmacies close to you. You just need to provide the drug name and your zip code, then get a card to start saving.

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