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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 amantadine 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 amantadine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my amantadine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my amantadine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does amantadine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for amantadine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for amantadine 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 amantadine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a amantadine co-pay program?Is there a amantadine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much amantadine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic amantadine?FDA approval of amantadineActive ingredient of amantadineUS brand name of amantadine and manufacturerUK brand name of amantadine and manufacturerPrescription requirement for amantadineAvailability of amantadine in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by amantadineHow does amantadine work?Forms of amantadine availableDosage of amantadineDirections for amantadine useWarnings and precautions for amantadineUse of amantadine if pregnant or planning pregnancyPossible side effects of amantadineSimilar drugs to amantadineSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my amantadine?

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

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

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 amantadine cost without insurance?

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

Your out-of-pocket (OOP) cost will effectively be the discounted cash price you pay for amantadine 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 amantadine 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 amantadine cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.

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

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

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

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

Generic amantadine 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 amantadine

Amantadine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment and prevention of influenza A virus infections. It is also used off-label for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

Active ingredient of amantadine

The active ingredient of amantadine is amantadine hydrochloride.

US brand name of amantadine and manufacturer

Amantadine is available in the US under the brand name Symmetrel. It is manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals.

UK brand name of amantadine and manufacturer

In the UK, amantadine is available under the brand name PK-Merz. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for amantadine

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

Availability of amantadine in the UK with NHS prescription

Amantadine is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by amantadine

Amantadine is a medication that can help improve motor function in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. It can also be used for the conditions; influenza treatment, fatigue reduction in Multiple Sclerosis. In addition to its approved uses, amantadine is sometimes prescribed off-label for other conditions such as chronic pain or drug-induced extrapyramidal symptoms. However, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional before considering any off-label use of amantadine due to potential risks and side effects.

How does amantadine work?

Amantadine is an adamantane antiviral drug.

  • Amantadine works by affecting the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain
  • Amantadine is a weak, noncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonist
  • By reducing the activity of this receptor, amantadine helps to alleviate symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease and influenza A
  • As an antiparkinsonian medication, it can be used alone or as an adjunct therapy alongside other medications to manage motor symptoms such as tremors and stiffness
  • Additionally, its antiviral properties make it an effective treatment of influenza A virus

Forms of amantadine available

Amantadine is available in the following dosage forms: as a capsule, extended-release capsule, tablet, extended-release tablet and liquid to take by mouth.

Dosage of amantadine

The dosage of amantadine may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and individual patient factors. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for amantadine use

Amantadine should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The capsules or oral solution are usually taken orally, with or without food. It is important to take amantadine consistently and at regular intervals for the best results. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Warnings and precautions for amantadine

  • Amantadine may have certain risks and potential side effects. It is important to discuss these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: glaucoma, kidney disease, mental/mood conditions such as depression, and psychosis
  • It is important to follow the prescribed dosage and not exceed the recommended duration of treatment to avoid the development of resistance
  • Inform your doctor about all medications you are currently taking. It is important to be aware of drug interactions with amantadine that lead to adverse effects. Examples of such medications include anticholinergic drugs like benztropine or trihexyphenidyl

Use of amantadine if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of amantadine during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be discussed with a healthcare provider. It should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Possible side effects of amantadine

Common side effects of amantadine may include drowsiness, lightheadedness, positional low blood pressure (low blood pressure when you stand), nausea, constipation and dry mouth. Serious side effects are possible such as livedo reticularis,  but less common. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider.

Similar drugs to amantadine

Other antiviral medications used for the treatment and prevention of influenza A virus infections include, oseltamivir and zanamivir. For Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, other medications such as levodopa-carbidopa and dopamine agonists may be prescribed.

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