Kuna, ID
A 53-year-old female asked:

I have ra, am taking leflunomide 20 mg, prednisone 2.5 and plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200 mg. i don't have ins. what will happen if i can't afford to continue my meds?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Tomasello
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
See below: Try going to your local hospital preferably county and go to the social work department and discuss the situation about your medications. Other options try getting some samples from your medical physician if he could contact the representative from the pharmaceutical company. Also contact the pharmaceutical company and see if they have any patient assistance programs and see if you qualify for them it is important to stay on your medications for your disease otherwise you'll have episodes of pain and further progression of your disease and disability good luck thank you.
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 56 years experience
try a free clinic in Ur area, some R able 2 help with samples.
Sep 3, 2013
Dr. Kimberly Liang
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Potential flare: Your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may flare if you have to stop all your meds. The Arava (leflunomide) and Plaquenil may not leave your system for a couple months, though. Would look in to the insurance exchanges through the federal government starting oct. 1, at www.Healthcare.Gov for insurance options.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2015


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