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Is the cost of your acetazolamide too expensive?
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NowPatient offers cost effective access to acetazolamide for everyone including those who are uninsured, those who have commercial insurance as well as those who are enrolled into state or federal programs like Medicaid, Medicare Part D, full Low Income Subsidy (LIS, “Extra Help”), TRICARE or Veterans (VA) Benefits.
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my acetazolamide?
If you are commercially insured and you cannot afford your copay or co-insurance you can opt for purchasing acetazolamide outside of your plan using the Rx Advantage card, with costs that are usually lower than a typical plan copay. If you elect to use this method, out of pocket costs do not contribute towards your plan deductibles.
If you cannot afford the cash price possibly due to income constraints, then there is the option of applying to state assistance programs like Medicaid. Often, you may be able to receive your acetazolamide without any costs at all. You can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application.
What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my acetazolamide?
If you cannot afford the cash price of acetazolamide using the Rx Advantage card then there is the option of applying to state programs like Medicaid. Often, you may be able to receive your acetazolamide without any costs at all. You can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application.
What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my acetazolamide?
If you are insured with Medicare and have Part D or an Advantage drug plan but cannot afford your copay or co-insurance element (for example if you are in the coverage gap or Donut Hole) then you have a number of options:
RX ADVANTAGE CARD
You can use the Rx Advantage to purchase the medication outside of your plan at prices that may be lower than you copay or co-insurance element. If you elect to use this method, out of pocket costs do not contribute towards your plan deductibles.
LOW INCOME SUBSIDY
If this is still too expensive or unaffordable then you can apply for federal support like Low Income Subsidy (LIS). To be eligible for Low Income Subsidy, you need to be resident in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia. You can check eligibility online at SSA Medicare D Extra Help. You can also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
Alternatively, you can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link to the HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application. State Medicaid programs may cover the full cost of your medication.
Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does acetazolamide cost without insurance?
Our website gives savings options to customers who wish to purchase acetazolamide, as either a brand or generic, without the constraints of insurance. By using the Rx Advantage Card, users can save up to 90% on the cost of their medication. The card can be used at over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. Even if you are insured, in most cases the cash price will be significantly cheaper than your existing co-pay. NowPatient is able to negotiate discounts on bulk drug purchases with pharmacy owners meaning you can access lower medication prices at nearby pharmacies using our card that can be conveniently stored in your NowPatient account.
What will my out-of-pocket cost be for acetazolamide when using the Rx Advantage Card?
Your out-of-pocket (OOP) cost will effectively be the discounted cash price you pay for acetazolamide using the Rx Advantage Card. If you are insured, your OOP expense can not be used against your plan deductible, if your plan has a deductible.
Is it legal for me to pay cash for acetazolamide even though I have insurance?
Yes. The Rx Advantage card is especially useful for people who have High-deductible health plans (HDHPs). It can be used for insured, uninsured, and underinsured persons.
Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Medicare or any other federal or state insurance plans?
No. We do not bill any federal or state insurance including Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug benefit). When you purchase your medication using the NowPatient Rx Advantage Card, you will be doing so out of pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps in the event you have a plan with a deductible. The out-of-pocket acetazolamide cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.
Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Commercial Insurance?
We do not bill your commercial insurance. When you purchase your medication using the Rx Advantage Card, from NowPatient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps in the event you have a plan with a deductible. The out-of-pocket acetazolamide cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.
How do I check prices for acetazolamide and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?
You can search for the prices at nearby pharmacies using our website. Simply search your medication and enter your ZIP Code and we will show you the price of your drug at nearby pharmacies. If you are happy with the quote, you need to create an account with NowPatient and generate your card. Next, simply go to the pharmacy and fill your acetazolamide Rx. Ask the pharmacy to run the card and check the price, even if they tell you they have another card they use. Your card is stored safely in your NowPatient account.
Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?
No. The Rx Advantage prescription savings card is FREE to use and store for NowPatient users.
Is there a acetazolamide co-pay program?
Generic medications like acetazolamide do not have co-pay card savings options. A Copay program, if available, would normally be for the brand name version of acetazolamide. You can search the brand name of acetazolamide and check to see if a co-pay program exists. Co-pay cards are programs run by pharmaceutical companies that offer you a direct way to lower your out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs for eligible patients. The copay cards essentially allow physicians to prescribe medications that are clinically preferred.
Is there a acetazolamide Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?
Generic medications like acetazolamide do not have PAP savings options. A Patient assistance program, if available would normally be for the brand name version of acetazolamide. You can search the brand name of acetazolamide and check to see if a co-PAP exists. PAPs are programs that are run and sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. They offer uninsured, insured, or underinsured individuals access to high-cost brand-name medications, which may otherwise be unaffordable.
What should I do if I take too much acetazolamide?
Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using acetazolamide. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you've used too much acetazolamide. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.
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What is generic acetazolamide?
Generic acetazolamide refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive.
FDA approval of acetazolamide
Acetazolamide is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of various conditions, including glaucoma, edema, epilepsy, and altitude sickness.
Active ingredient of acetazolamide
The active ingredient of acetazolamide is acetazolamide.
US brand name of acetazolamide and manufacturer
Acetazolamide is available in the US under various brand names, including Diamox and Diamox Sequels. The manufacturers may vary depending on the brand names.
UK brand name of acetazolamide and manufacturer
In the UK, acetazolamide is available under various brand names, including Diamox and acetazolamide. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.
Prescription requirement for acetazolamide
A prescription (Rx) is required for acetazolamide in both the US and the UK.
Availability of acetazolamide in the UK with NHS prescription
Acetazolamide is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.
Conditions treated by acetazolamide
Acetazolamide is used for the treatment of various conditions including open-angle glaucoma, secondary glaucoma, and acute angle-closure glaucoma before surgery to lower pressure inside the eye. It may also be used to treat congestive heart failure, edema (swelling), epilepsy (seizures), and high altitude sickness/acute mountain sickness (to prevent or reduce symptoms).
How does acetazolamide work?
Acetazolamide is a diuretic and carbonic anhydrase inhibitor medication. Its chemical structure consists of sulfonamide and nitrogen groups, which inhibit the action of carbonic anhydrase enzymes in various tissues. This inhibition leads to a decrease in bicarbonate formation, resulting in metabolic acidosis. The mechanism of action for acetazolamide involves reducing intraocular pressure by decreasing aqueous humor production and improving respiratory alkalosis.
Forms of acetazolamide available
Acetazolamide is available in various dosage forms, including oral tablets and extended-release capsules.
Dosage of acetazolamide
The dosage of acetazolamide may vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the severity of the condition, and other individual factors. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.
Directions for use of acetazolamide
Acetazolamide should be taken as directed by the healthcare provider. The specific instructions may include the timing of administration, dosage adjustments, and any necessary precautions. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
Warnings and contraindications for acetazolamide
- Acetazolamide may cause side effects such as frequent urination, loss of appetite, taste changes, and drowsiness. It is important to discuss any concerning symptoms with a healthcare provider
- Acetazolamide may interact with certain medications such as aspirin, digoxin, phenytoin, cyclosporine, sodium bicarbonate, lithium, quinidine, primidone, amphetamines, and salicylates. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications including supplements you are taking before starting acetazolamide
- Drug interactions with other medications that may require dosage adjustments of acetazolamide or close monitoring when used concomitantly
- People with a history of liver disease, cirrhosis or kidney disease should use acetazolamide cautiously
- You should not use acetazolamide if you have an electrolyte imbalance, or adrenal gland failure
- Individuals who are allergic to sulfa drugs should not take acetazolamide
- Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should consult their healthcare provider before using this medication
Possible side effects of acetazolamide
Common side effects of acetazolamide may include frequent urination, loss of appetite, low blood potassium, taste changes, drowsiness, and tingling sensations. If these adverse effects persist or worsen, it is important to contact a healthcare provider. Allergic reactions or gastrointestinal upset, and neurological signs are seen when given in high doses.
Similar drugs to acetazolamide
Other medications used for the treatment of glaucoma and edema include other carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, such as dorzolamide and brinzolamide.
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The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.
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