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Is the cost of your alfuzosin too expensive?

You may qualify for programs where you can pay as little as $0 per fill, subject to income and insurance status.

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NowPatient offers cost effective access to alfuzosin 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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OverviewWhat can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my alfuzosin?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my alfuzosin?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my alfuzosin?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does alfuzosin cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for alfuzosin when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for alfuzosin even though I have insurance?Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Medicare or any other federal or state insurance plans?Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Commercial Insurance?How do I check prices for alfuzosin and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a alfuzosin co-pay program?Is there a alfuzosin Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much alfuzosin?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic alfuzosin?FDA approval of alfuzosinActive ingredient of alfuzosinUS brand name of alfuzosin and manufacturerUK brand name of alfuzosin and manufacturerPrescription requirement for alfuzosinAvailability of alfuzosin in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by alfuzosinHow does alfuzosin work?Forms of alfuzosin availableDosage of alfuzosinDirections for alfuzosin useWarnings and precautions for alfuzosinDrug interactionsUse of alfuzosin during pregnancyUse of alfuzosin while breastfeedingPossible side effects of alfuzosinSimilar drugs to alfuzosinSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my alfuzosin?

If you are commercially insured and you cannot afford your copay or co-insurance you can opt for purchasing alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin?

If you cannot afford the cash price of alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin?

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:

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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).

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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 alfuzosin cost without insurance?

Our website gives savings options to customers who wish to purchase alfuzosin, 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 alfuzosin when using the Rx Advantage Card?

Your out-of-pocket (OOP) cost will effectively be the discounted cash price you pay for alfuzosin 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.

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 alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.

How do I check prices for alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin co-pay program?

Generic medications like alfuzosin do not have co-pay card savings options. A Copay program, if available, would normally be for the brand name version of alfuzosin. You can search the brand name of alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?

Generic medications like alfuzosin do not have PAP savings options. A Patient assistance program, if available would normally be for the brand name version of alfuzosin. You can search the brand name of alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin?

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using alfuzosin. 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 alfuzosin. 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 alfuzosin?

Generic alfuzosin 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 alfuzosin

Alfuzosin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Active ingredient of alfuzosin

The active ingredient of alfuzosin is alfuzosin hydrochloride.

US brand name of alfuzosin and manufacturer

Alfuzosin is available in the US under the brand name Uroxatral. It is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC.

UK brand name of alfuzosin and manufacturer

In the UK, alfuzosin is available under the brand name Xatral. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for alfuzosin

A prescription (Rx) is required for alfuzosin in both the US and the UK.

Availability of alfuzosin in the UK with NHS prescription

Alfuzosin is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by alfuzosin

Alfuzosin is primarily used for the treatment of symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that can cause urinary problems.

How does alfuzosin work?

Alfuzosin works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate gland and the bladder neck, making it easier to urinate. It belongs to a class of medications called alpha-1 blockers. Alpha-blockers work on alpha receptors in your body. There are alpha receptors in many parts of your body, but this specific medication only acts on the receptors in your prostate and bladder.

Forms of alfuzosin available

Alfuzosin comes as an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to take by mouth.

Dosage of alfuzosin

The dosage of alfuzosin may vary depending on the individual’s condition and response to the medication. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Directions for alfuzosin use

Alfuzosin should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The medication is usually taken orally, once daily after a meal. Do not take alfuzosin on an empty stomach. Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it. Your first dose of alfuzosin may make you feel dizzy or faint, or make you start sweating. It is important to take alfuzosin consistently and continue the prescribed treatment course. Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, direct light and reach of children.

Warnings and precautions for alfuzosin

  • Alfuzosin may cause certain side effects, such as dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure (postural hypotension). It is important to avoid activities that require mental alertness until the individual knows how alfuzosin affects them
  • It may interact with certain medications, including other alpha-blockers such as prazosin, terazosin, certain antibiotics, antifungal medications such as ketoconazole, ritonavir and itraconazole, medications for high blood pressure (hypertension), and medications for erectile dysfunction such as sildenafil and tadalafil. Inform a healthcare professional about all medications including supplements being taken to prevent drug interactions
  • Your doctor may test your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to check for prostate cancer before you take alfuzosin

Drug interactions

  • Alfuzosin belongs to a class of drugs called alpha-blockers, which also includes medications like tamsulosin and doxazosin. Taking multiple alpha-blockers together can increase the risk of low blood pressure, dizziness, and fainting. It is important to avoid using multiple alpha blockers simultaneously unless specifically instructed by a healthcare professional
  • Alfuzosin has the potential to lower blood pressure, so it should be used with caution or under medical supervision if you are already taking other medications to treat high blood pressure. Combining alfuzosin with antihypertensive drugs can further reduce blood pressure, leading to dizziness and fainting
  • Alfuzosin is primarily metabolized by an enzyme called CYP3A4 in the liver. Drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 can interfere with the metabolism of alfuzosin, leading to increased drug levels in the body. This can increase the risk of side effects. Examples of CYP3A4 inhibitors include ketoconazole, itraconazole, ritonavir, and clarithromycin. If you are taking any of these medications, your healthcare provider may need to adjust your alfuzosin dosage
  • Alfuzosin and phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors, such as sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), and tadalafil (Cialis), can both lower blood pressure. Combining these drugs can increase the risk of low blood pressure, dizziness, and fainting

There may be other drugs that can interact with alfuzosin, so it is crucial to provide a complete list of all medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking to your healthcare provider to minimize adverse effects. This includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions with alfuzosin. Always consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for personalized advice based on your specific medical condition and medication regimen.

Use of alfuzosin during pregnancy

The use of alfuzosin is not indicated for use in women, as it is primarily used for the treatment of BPH in men.

Use of alfuzosin while breastfeeding

It is not known whether alfuzosin passes into breast milk. The use of alfuzosin while breastfeeding should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Possible side effects of alfuzosin

Common side effects of alfuzosin may include dizziness, headache, and fatigue. Serious side effects are rare but can occur. Get emergency medical attention if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider.

Similar drugs to alfuzosin

Other alpha-1 blockers used for the treatment of BPH symptoms include tamsulosin, doxazosin, and terazosin.

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