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I actually just started xeljanz and am using the Co-Pay card. I am doing the stanford trial and the dosage that is recommended for that is 2 pills/ day.
Very exciting about the insurance company covering it!!! How did your doctor get them to? Which insurance company do u have?
First, congratulations on getting the Xeljanz prescribed and covered! That was half the battle.
Secondly, I never heard of DCPC but I just did some research on it. It is a contact allergen, just like squaric-acid, which I have taken before with great results. The best way for these allergenic agents to work is by applying them, as early as you can, to new formed bald spots. For me, this regrew spots in a matter of 4-6 weeks. If you have extensive regions of baldness, it will work, you just need to be patient. My experience with squaric-acid was very positive. However, I didn't abide to the once a week regimen. As soon as the irritation started to go away, which typically peaked at 4 days, I would immediately apply squaric-acid again.
At the worst point, I must have been 75% bald. After doing a 2-3 month home remedy, I regrew 95%. This home remedy, to no surprise, involved irritation, which is a distraction to the immune system. I am a very strong believer in this method of treatment. My home remedy was to scratch the spots with a Scotchbrite pad, until it stung and was very red and slightly raw. Then I applied white vinegar, this burn was immense. I then applied a garlic paste that was made for me by relatives overseas (Jordan). I washed it off an hour or two later. Did this twice a day. Being 75% bald, you are at the peak of giving up on all hope you were ever able to sum up. But I never did, and you should have seen the look on my dermatologists face after he saw me when it regrew. Now, the reason it was 95% regrowth? Well because during regrowth, there were a few thinner spots than the rest of what was now fully colored and semi thick vellus hair. I figured it would catch up. Wrong. Over the last few years, I guess you can say I was stupid! I got complacent and used to the 5% missing, coming from 75%, I think anybody would be happy!
It very gradually crept up on me again, starting from those spots that I should have continued treating. And this time, a full time biology major with a girlfriend, I simply didn't have time. A couple of times I found new spots that were very small, maybe a dime in size. This is where squaric-acid kicked its butt! Find it early, irritate it. That is my tried and true form of regrowth of newly formed spots.
Anyways, sorry for the wall of text. To answer your question, I just got my squaric-acid prescribed again so that I can do both at the same time. My theory is simple. Pills have a half life. A 3 hour half life means that in 15 hours, your blood will be almost pure of the drug. I know we take it twice a day, but who knows what percentage of time is strongly inhibiting these T cells, and some of our immune systems are more stubborn than others so a specific dosage might take longer than it has for others. So my theory is: if the skin is constantly irritated while taking Xeljanz, I believe that the down time of the drug, if any (this is all theoretical), would possibly allow the return of these T-cells, therefore stunting the rate at which the follicles are awoken. Even if the drug is actively inhibiting those T-cells 24 hours a day, I would honestly suspect that adding irritation would be the equivalent of increasing dosage.
Do you mind telling us which insurance plan you have?
It does, thanks. I also have Carefirst, so that's encouraging. Did your doctor need to submit a prior authorization or other paperwork first? Do you have a large copay?
Yes, he had to fill out a pre-authorization form which was actually for rheumatoid arthritis, but he was honest about my condition and they still approved it. I do not have any copay, so they pay half of the total amount. He chose the pharmacy which is called source one in Columbia and they asked for the Xeljanz card to pay the balance and I still have a lot left on the card. They shipped it to me the next day, a three month supply, no charge.
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