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Did anyone esle have to get a prior approval from ANthem Blue Cross Blue SHield for the Vitamin subscription through Nascobal? The clinic is saying most of the time if they require a prior authorization then they won't approve it but not trying to get my hopes down. Also, Nascobal said it would be $488 per month if I were to pay it myself. My wifes was approved but mine hasn't been, different insirance companies, and I was wondering if anyone else has been or is in this boat? Also do you recommend a different multivitamin and B12?

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Wow, that's high! Is your clinic requiring you to take it as a sleeve patient? I've been fine taking a regular sublingual B-12 supplement. Most of the bariatric Multivitamins have a lot of extra B Vitamins. I use a multi plus the additional sublingual B-12.

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30 minutes ago, JustSJ said:

Wow, that's high! Is your clinic requiring you to take it as a sleeve patient? I've been fine taking a regular sublingual B-12 supplement. Most of the bariatric Multivitamins have a lot of extra B Vitamins. I use a multi plus the additional sublingual B-12.

They aren't requiring that specific one that is just the one they run insurance through. I am currently looking at Bariatric Choice for my Multivitamin with Iron. Then Citrical Maximum for my Calcium unless my insurance approves the other. Now to find a good b12!

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That is awfully pricey. I take the ProCare one a day capsule with 18mg Iron, and their calcium chews. They are much more budget friendly, and there are other bariatric brands that are even cheaper. I would say shop around and see what you can find. Any Vitamin that meets the ASMBS recommendations will do.

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that price is insane. I bet I spend $10-20 a month tops. I just get a bunch of drug store Vitamins. If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), they may cover vitamins if your clinic writes them up as a prescription and says they're medically necessary (which for WLS patients, they are...)

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I use pro-care health one a day with 45mg Iron. It's ONE PILL A DAY. I wasn't going to be messing around with ten different pills on top of all the other pills I take. It's specially formulated for bariatric use, so it already has the B12 and everything else. I am supposed to take Calcium too, but usually I get enough calcium from the Protein Drink, cheese, and yogurt.

I haven't had labs done yet, so I can't say for sure if my levels are good, but my clinic recommended this brand and so do other bariatric nutritionists.

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BCBS approved mine (same brand), but we had already met our max out of pocket for the year.

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I use Pro Care health one a day as well. It’s truly a one a day and it’s cheaper than many other bariatric Vitamins. I got my first labs back since I switched to it and they were great. I also take calcium citrate. I just googled that brand Vitamin and it says it for B12 deficiency. Do you already have a deficiency or is your doctor anticipating one? Because I don’t think everyone with the sleeve becomes deficient. I am not sure what the levels of b-12 are in the pro care health if they would be comparable or not. That may be best to Ask Your team if that’s what they prescribed for You.

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On 11/1/2021 at 4:22 PM, lizonaplane said:

I use pro-care health one a day with 45mg Iron. It's ONE PILL A DAY. I wasn't going to be messing around with ten different pills on top of all the other pills I take. It's specially formulated for bariatric use, so it already has the B12 and everything else. I am supposed to take Calcium too, but usually I get enough Calcium from the Protein Drink, cheese, and yogurt.

I haven't had labs done yet, so I can't say for sure if my levels are good, but my clinic recommended this brand and so do other bariatric nutritionists.

Liz, can you link your pro-care Vitamin please? Because I am sick unto death of taking a million effing pills! I am -> <- this close to just doing one of those ridiculous custom vitamin programs.

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1 hour ago, vikingbeast said:

Liz, can you link your pro-care Vitamin please? Because I am sick unto death of taking a million effing pills! I am -> <- this close to just doing one of those ridiculous custom Vitamin programs.

https://procarenow.com/once-daily-bariatric-multivitamin-capsule/?sku=Vit-BariCaps45mg-30ct

I will say that the other night for the first time I got really nauseous, but it had been hours since I had eaten anything (like 5-6 hours) so I ended up eating half a Protein Bar and that fixed it right away. It's because I take them with all my other meds before bed time. I should really take them with dinner.

I think they also sell them on BariatricPal.com and I know you can get them from Amazon. Amazon is actually more expensive than buying directly from the company, not sure about BariatricPal.

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1 hour ago, lizonaplane said:

https://procarenow.com/once-daily-bariatric-multivitamin-capsule/?sku=Vit-BariCaps45mg-30ct

I will say that the other night for the first time I got really nauseous, but it had been hours since I had eaten anything (like 5-6 hours) so I ended up eating half a Protein Bar and that fixed it right away. It's because I take them with all my other meds before bed time. I should really take them with dinner.

I think they also sell them on BariatricPal.com and I know you can get them from Amazon. Amazon is actually more expensive than buying directly from the company, not sure about BariatricPal.

OMAIGÁ. I could take one of these suckers plus extra B12 and my Calcium (separate from the iron) and just be DONE. Thank you!!

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1 hour ago, lizonaplane said:

https://procarenow.com/once-daily-bariatric-multivitamin-capsule/?sku=Vit-BariCaps45mg-30ct

I will say that the other night for the first time I got really nauseous, but it had been hours since I had eaten anything (like 5-6 hours) so I ended up eating half a Protein Bar and that fixed it right away. It's because I take them with all my other meds before bed time. I should really take them with dinner.

I think they also sell them on BariatricPal.com and I know you can get them from Amazon. Amazon is actually more expensive than buying directly from the company, not sure about BariatricPal.

OMAIGÁ. I could take one of these suckers plus extra B12 and my Calcium (separate from the iron) and just be DONE. Thank you!!

Note: These are US$13.40 for a 30-day supply from the maker, $16.99 from BariatricPal, and $19.99 on Amazon. Use code Susan10 (as of today) for 10% off on the maker's website, so it'd be $12.06.

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42 minutes ago, vikingbeast said:

OMAIGÁ. I could take one of these suckers plus extra B12 and my Calcium (separate from the iron) and just be DONE. Thank you!!

Note: These are US$13.40 for a 30-day supply from the maker, $16.99 from BariatricPal, and $19.99 on Amazon. Use code Susan10 (as of today) for 10% off on the maker's website, so it'd be $12.06.

My surgery center said these have enough B12 that I wouldn't have to take extra.

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9 minutes ago, lizonaplane said:

My surgery center said these have enough B12 that I wouldn't have to take extra.

I take them and I don’t take extra B12 either and I have had labs and they were great. So unless your B12 was already borderline or something you shouldn’t need it. Just FYI

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I ordered them! You have saved me so much PITA in the morning!

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