Has anyone ever tried to do a tax deduction on deflazacort? I'm thinking because it comes out the country, it would not be tax deductible but I was curious whether that is correct or not.

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It's a valid medical expense that you have a prescription for, so I don't see why it wouldn't be tax deductible regardless of whether or not it was purchased in the US.
I don't know if they will equal 8% this year but I'd say next year keeping a better record of everything, it might. I found out recently that when we go to Cincinnati, we shoud be saving receipts for hotel, food, gas, etc.. in addition to actual medical expenses. I wish I had saved all of this from our June visit. Our family deductible is $3000 which we usually meet or come close to meeting every year. I was just thinking last night we have already spent close to $600 on deflazacort since June and insurance does not even touch that.
Our accountant also says to keep a milage log, this usually helps people who are close. If you drive Bradley, or any member of the family, to the doctor, to pick up a presciption, for medical testing, etc. It doesn't seem like much, but it adds up and if you are close to the %, it can be what gets you there!

Say hello to Bradley & Sky for us!!!

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Thanks for the information, Angela. There is so much we don't even think about. I never would have thought about mileage to doctor appointments much less to pick up prescriptions. Our primary doctor is a 35-40 minute drive away from home.

I wish I had kept better records for this year. Recently, I had an echocardiogram done for my daughter. We found out she is a carrier over the summer and she had been complaining off and on about chest pains. I thought it'd be good to make sure things were okay (which they were) and I wanted her to have a baseline EKG and Echocardiogram. After insurance paid and applied a PPO discount, our part of the bill was $840. That really got me thinking about keeping better records.

My husband recommended that I keep a log on our computer in addition to keeping a folder with all the information. The last few years we have been doing our own taxes online. We have been itemizing for years but we just never do anything with medical expenses. We do have a relative who works at H&R Block and she is usually knowledgeable.

I think we can deduct service dog expenses as well. I guess that would go under medical expenses too.
I found this in the IRS 502 Pub.link that I posted in another discussion.

Medicines and Drugs From Other Countries
In general, you cannot include the cost of a prescribed drug brought in (or ordered shipped) from another country, because you can only include the cost of a drug that was imported legally. (You can include the cost of a prescribed drug the Food and Drug Administration announces can be legally imported by individuals). However, you can include the cost of a prescribed drug you purchase and consume in another country if the drug is legal in both the other country and the United States.

If I order it online and it is shipped to me, it sounds as if it is not covered. But maybe there is a way to get around this.

I'm not sure we will keep Bradley on deflazacort unless it is tax deductible. Prednisone is so much cheaper.

While we were waiting on deflazacort, Dr. Wong had us reduce his prednisone to 20mg daily. Before he was getting 120mg twice weekly. This was a 100mg decrease weekly. Just having the reduction in prednisone helped Bradley. I think I will discuss this with Dr. Wong in January.
May I ask why she reduced the dosage?

Lisa Jones said:
I found this in the IRS 502 Pub.link that I posted in another discussion.

Medicines and Drugs From Other Countries
In general, you cannot include the cost of a prescribed drug brought in (or ordered shipped) from another country, because you can only include the cost of a drug that was imported legally. (You can include the cost of a prescribed drug the Food and Drug Administration announces can be legally imported by individuals). However, you can include the cost of a prescribed drug you purchase and consume in another country if the drug is legal in both the other country and the United States.

If I order it online and it is shipped to me, it sounds as if it is not covered. But maybe there is a way to get around this.

I'm not sure we will keep Bradley on deflazacort unless it is tax deductible. Prednisone is so much cheaper.

While we were waiting on deflazacort, Dr. Wong had us reduce his prednisone to 20mg daily. Before he was getting 120mg twice weekly. This was a 100mg decrease weekly. Just having the reduction in prednisone helped Bradley. I think I will discuss this with Dr. Wong in January.
Karen, She reduced the dosage because of his weight gain. She believes the low daily dose is more beneficial than the weekend high dose. Also Bradley had been having trouble controlling his anger and would just hit Stephanie no reason. He still has these outbursts but they are not as bad. He just had a fit of anger Sat. and was hitting Stephanie. This really hurts Stephanie...more emotionally than physically. In talking with Bradley, I found out that he is holding things in until it hurts him physically to keep it all in. He says when he gets it all out, he feels better but then he feels sad at the same time because of his behavior. I have told him many times one thing he can do when he gets really angry is to count to 10. He asked if I could get him a stress ball that he can squeeze when he is angry and he hold the squeeze for a count of 10.

He was actually on 240mg (120 twice weekly) per week of prednisone before she switched him to deflazacort 30mg daily. She told us while we wait on the deflazacort, to give him 25mg daily of prednisone. We only had 20mg tabs so she said just to give 20mg daily. I also had been trying for a couple of years to get the other neurologist to reduce the prednisone and he would not reduce it. So we welcomed the change.

Karen Barnett said:
May I ask why she reduced the dosage?

Lisa Jones said:
I found this in the IRS 502 Pub.link that I posted in another discussion.

Medicines and Drugs From Other Countries
In general, you cannot include the cost of a prescribed drug brought in (or ordered shipped) from another country, because you can only include the cost of a drug that was imported legally. (You can include the cost of a prescribed drug the Food and Drug Administration announces can be legally imported by individuals). However, you can include the cost of a prescribed drug you purchase and consume in another country if the drug is legal in both the other country and the United States.

If I order it online and it is shipped to me, it sounds as if it is not covered. But maybe there is a way to get around this.

I'm not sure we will keep Bradley on deflazacort unless it is tax deductible. Prednisone is so much cheaper.

While we were waiting on deflazacort, Dr. Wong had us reduce his prednisone to 20mg daily. Before he was getting 120mg twice weekly. This was a 100mg decrease weekly. Just having the reduction in prednisone helped Bradley. I think I will discuss this with Dr. Wong in January.
We have had play around with and lower Daniel's dosage over the past couple years for the same reasons. Daniel had a sudden weight gain last winter and then the rage has been an issue since the steroids were started. I'm glad to say he is doing a lot better over the past year with the reduction in steroid dosage and introducing some other medications to help counter the behavioral side effects.
Karen

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