Chantix Now Covered by Insurance Companies


“Many of the Insurance Companies are now covering Chantix because it has had such good results!”

Today, when I went to Walgreen’s to pickup my Continuing Monthly Pack of Chantix, I had the best surprise! I had several other items I was picking up and the pharmacist said, “Your total is $65.” I thought, oh gosh he forgot the Chantix. So I asked, “Does that include the Chantix?” He said, “Yes, your Chantix was only $20.” I about fell over. My mouth did drop to the floor, which wasn’t a very pretty sight I’m sure, since I had four teeth pulled the other day. :) Anyway, the pharmacist continued, “Many of the Insurance Companies are now covering Chantix because it has had such good results!” WOW! Of course I had to tell him I had 12 days smoke free and I had tried everything else there is at least once, and nothing worked except Chantix. I’m sure I was skipping to the car and could not stop smiling. I also couldn’t wait to get home and Blog about it.

Of course you all know what this means don’t you?!! ANYONE can quit smoking using Chantix now. If you have insurance, please check it out and see if Chantix is covered now. It wasn’t in November so this might have just gone into effect January 2008! If you don’t have insurance, go to the Chantix site and there is a link to help those who qualify, lower income, etc., to get Chantix at a reduced price. So, absolutely ANYONE can get Chantix. That is so awesome. Especially now, all those New Year’s Resolutions to quit smoking, and now they can. Some might think I work for Pfizer or am paid to endorse this product. That could not be further from the truth. I am just a 50 year old lady that has smoked since she was 12 years old and has been diagnosed with COPD which includes moderate Emphysema, who has begged many Doctors to hospitalize me so I wouldn’t be grouchy at my family, especially my kids, while I went through withdrawal. I have been trying to quit for the last 10 years. When I turned 40 I wanted to do it then, then all of a sudden I turned 50, and redoubled my efforts. I finally came to terms with the fact that, no matter what, I will not take another puff. In the beginning the Chantix made me nauseated and I thought to myself, “well, I can quit taking it and keep smoking.” Then I re-thought that statement and said to myself, “well, even if I throw up on the sidewalk walking in to work, I am not going to smoke.” Then I knew I was willing to go to any length to quit smoking. The nausea went away after the first week and it hasn’t returned since. I make sure I take the Chantix after I have eaten and with a full glass of water. That seems to really help.

Chantix is now being covered by many insurance companies. That is the best news of the year for me. No more excuses. The cost of Chantix cannot be used to rationalize a reason for me to smoke. This news had made me very grateful and hopeful that many others will be able to try Chantix and become non-smokers.

TTFN


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19 Responses to “Chantix Now Covered by Insurance Companies”

  1. Richard Says:

    I hate my insurance company :)

    I am unfortunately with an HMO that feels that stuff like Chantix is an unnecessary expense so they don’t cover it. It does end up being a tax deduction so at least I will see some of it back at year’s end.

  2. emctara57 Says:

    No..Are you sure? My company didn’t cover it until this month. Oh, that is a bummer and I’m sorry but, you can do it and the tax deduction does help. I was using my Flexible Spending Account to fund my Chantix and that helped.

    Please keep me updated on how you are doing.

    Take care of you!!

  3. Lisa Says:

    If someone really wants to stop smoking, why use insurance dollars? For crying out loud, use the funds that you would have bought cigarettes with instead of jacking up everyones insurance premiums! Use common sense, people!!!! You may also needs those insurance dollars later when you are very sick (specially from old smoking habits; even if you DO quit you will STILL have health problems as not all the damage is reversible and crops up later in life). Some plans have lifetime maximums and some include what you spent on prescriptions. You think a million or two goes a long way, think again. (Those with unlimited maximums are very fortunate now, but that could change down the road.) Just ask anyone who has been in the hospital… you will be shocked at what the hospitals, doctors and other “specialists” charge!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    DO NOT USE CHANTIX! UNLESS YOU PLAN TO GET IT ILLEGALLY ON THE STREET AND NOT THROUGH THE SYSTEM!

    This drug is for one dangerous and the side effects that include severe depression and mood swings are very high. There is a class action suit against Pfizer for this already and this drug will not last – too many people are reporting problems. Pfizer agreed without question to refund the cost in full when I told them I took it for a week and discontinued it because of extreme paranoia and mood swings.

    Second, not only did my insurance NOT cover it (ridiculous in itself), but they have it on record that I even tried it, so my insurance premiums went up by more than 50% immediately – FOR A DRUG THEY WOULDN’T EVEN COVER IN THE FIRST PLACE! The insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are criminal in this country. Chantix will make you nuts and cost you thousands of dollars per year just to try a drug that will destroy you emotionally and financially.

  5. ann Says:

    was googling quit zits and found your blog – nice info and good job. i myself am at day 50 quitting with chantix.

    about the person who says chantix will make you go crazy – i’ve noticed a lot of this on the web, and it is my belief that the tobacco companies are running so scared that they have employed “web trolls” to go out and spread malicious info about chantix.

    in any event – i used it too – no bad side effects and i think it’s truly a miracle drug. great blog – keep it up! :)

  6. Rick Says:

    If you think about it, quitting smoking is what causes you to go through mood swings and depression. This happens to anyone that tries to stop smoking no matter how you do it. It’s the cigarette companies you should be blaming.

    I took Chantix and it worked great!!! I know several others that have quit smoking using it also.

  7. Angelika Says:

    YAY!

    I used Chantix once before, had to pay for it out of my pocket. I only used it for a month because I really didn’t want to stop smoking, LOL.

    But if it’s covered by insurance, cool! :-)

  8. nikki Says:

    Both of my parents use this drug and stopped. Dad in eight days with 40 years of smoking, and mom in 4 days after 25 years of smoking. Neither of them had any depression and now they can keep up with their grandkids, surprise!!! And as for the person who has all the negative remarks are you a cig company professional, or a life long non smoker who doesn’t know what the addiction is like. Because when you really want to stop something it doesn’t matter the risk or cost it if gets you to a better place. Just ask the thousand who have quit even by paying out of pocket like my parents did. To pay for the drug was about hte same as whaT THEY SPENT A WEEK ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

  9. Erin Says:

    Hey Lisa, you’re a woman…ever taken birth control? Did u pay for the prescription out of pocket or did u use your insurance? It’s your choice to have sex, so you shouldn’t use insurance funds to pay for that! Oh and btw, no I’m not a smoker, never have even touched one, before you even ask the question.

  10. Steve Says:

    its funny that some insurance companies will not cover the cost of it, but have no problem covering the cost of viagra and such drugs. makes no sense

  11. Cindi Says:

    My insurance won’t cover it. Stupid CIGNA!

  12. debi Says:

    I haven’t tried this yet, but actually looking forward to some help..i’m only 56 years old and last thursday night while playing Texas Holdem at a local venue, i started having excruciating chest pains. I waited hoping it was indigestion, but because i was also sweating profusely, my card friends called 911. It was a heart attack, and during a catherization the next morning, I had another. So if I start using Chantix, and I go a little “crazy” well, it won’t be the first. But with the help of this drug..with or without insurance..I will be healthier, and with the stents they put in 2 areas that were both 90% blocked, will last a whole lot longer..so this is my life..crazy or not..wish me luck.

  13. Ashley Says:

    The comment to Lisa about the birth control is perfect! I see her perspective, sure, but like another person said, they cover Vaigra and other unneccesary drugs.

    I don’t think paying for Chantix would greatly increase insurance premiums, as the cost of the drug would go down as the demand goes up; and the fact that ins. companies only pay a certain percentage of the cost. Some of what is not paid to the manufacturer is written off as part of an allowable/contractual amount and some is the patient’s co-pay.

    In addition to that, think about the fact that alot of companies LOWER premiums for those who belong to a gym; even paying for part of the membership! So the healthier you are, the less it costs them in medical bills.

    Also, the ins. would spend ALOT more paying for one’s health care as they age if they continued to be a smoker, as opposed to converting to a non-smoker.

  14. Mark Says:

    Because smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death and hospitalization, something that costs the insurance industry hundreds of millions a year, yes they should cover Chantix. It will save them so much money down the road. This is the ONLY reason so many insurance companies are now covering it. It should be considered preventative medicine and as fewer people smoke, premiums should (but probably wont because of greed) go down. I received my first perscription yesterday, haven’t filled it yet. I don’t know if my insurance will cover it or not, but at the end of the day, there is no cost too high to rid myself of this addiction and I’ve tried just about everything else. Good job to everyone that has quit with this, or any other method! and wow guys, this thread is like 4 years old lol.

  15. EMC Says:

    Good Luck Mark! Yes, this thread is 4 years old and still a very hot topic.:)

  16. Cindy K. Beaudette Says:

    Sorry but most insurance company’s are no long cover anything to do with stop smoking. I agree that no matter the cost its worth it. But man I pay $800.00 a month for insurance and the one thing i feel that I need, they will not cover it. So good luck and good health.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Smoke free 3 weeks and going strong! 18 yr smoker… Off cigs in 9 days! Get chantix! Ignore the bs about going crazy… I am telling every smoker I know – stop letting BIG TOBACCO win. They’ve gotten the last penny they will ever get from me.

  18. Sherri Says:

    I tried Chantix a few years back and it didn’t help me and my father has been taken it for 6mo and still has not quit. I hate to hear some of the comments about use the money we spend on smoking to pay for it well when I got it cost me $119.00 and didn’t work what then? If you have never smoked you need to keep your comments to yourself you don’t know what we go through I want to quit but I can’t I have tried patches, gum and chantix what else is left?

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