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NowPatient offers cost effective access to amlodipine 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 amlodipine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my amlodipine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my amlodipine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does amlodipine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for amlodipine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for amlodipine 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 amlodipine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a amlodipine co-pay program?Is there a amlodipine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much amlodipine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?US brand name of amlodipine and manufacturerUK brand name of amlodipine and manufacturerPrescription requirement for amlodipineFDA approval of amlodipineIs amlodipine available in the UK on NHS?Mechanism of actionUses of amlodipineDosage of amlodipinePrecautions and warnings for amlodipinepossible side effects of amlodipineDrug InteractionsSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my amlodipine?

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

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

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).

MEDICAID

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 amlodipine cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using amlodipine. 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 amlodipine. 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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US brand name of amlodipine and manufacturer

Amlodipine is available in the US under the brand name Norvasc. Norvasc is manufactured by Pfizer Inc.

UK brand name of amlodipine and manufacturer

Amlodipine is available in the UK under the brand name Istin. Istin is manufactured by Pfizer Limited.

Prescription requirement for amlodipine

Amlodipine is a prescription medication in both the US and the UK. It requires a prescription (Rx) from a healthcare provider.

FDA approval of amlodipine

Amlodipine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary artery disease, and certain types of angina (chest pain).

Is amlodipine available in the UK on NHS?

Amlodipine is available on the NHS in the UK. It can be prescribed by healthcare providers for the treatment of hypertension and other related conditions.

Mechanism of action

Amlodipine is an oral dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker that works by relaxing and widening the blood vessels, which helps to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. It is commonly prescribed as an antihypertensive medication for individuals with high blood pressure or hypertension. Amlodipine can also be used to prevent chest pain (angina) in patients with coronary artery disease.

  • Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker
  • Relaxes and widens the blood vessels (vasodilation)
  • Lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow
  • Used for high blood pressure and angina

Uses of amlodipine

Amlodipine is primarily used for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and certain types of angina (chronic stable angina, vasospastic angina).  It may also be prescribed for the prevention of certain cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease.

Dosage of amlodipine

The dosage of amlodipine will depend on various factors, including the specific condition being treated, individual response, and other medications being taken. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider. If you miss a dose, take amlodipine 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. Store the tablets at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Precautions and warnings for amlodipine

  • Amlodipine should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding unless specifically directed by a healthcare provider
  • Inform your doctor about all medications you are taking to ensure the safe and effective use of amlodipine. This will help prevent any potential interactions or complications that may arise when combining multiple medications. Remember to include both prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements or vitamins you are currently taking
  • Discuss with your healthcare provider if you have a history of liver disease, heart failure, or any other medical conditions, as they may need to consider appropriate dosage adjustments or monitor your response to the medication
  • If you have severe aortic stenosis this condition, taking amlodipine may lead to low blood pressure. Your doctor may prescribe a low dosage of amlodipine and monitor you closely during treatment or they may recommend a different treatment option
  • If you havesevere obstructive coronary artery disease this condition, your doctor may prescribe a low dosage of amlodipine and monitor you closely during your treatment. With severe obstructive coronary artery disease, your arteries become very narrow. This limits blood flow and increases your risk of serious problems, such as a heart attack or worsening angina (chest pain)
  • If you have liver or kidney problems, it is important to be cautious when taking amlodipine. These conditions can affect how your body metabolizes the medication, potentially leading to complications. It’s crucial to discuss your medical history with your doctor and follow their prescribed dosage carefully. Additionally, keep an eye out for any symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, or changes in heart rate that may indicate drug interactions or adverse effects on your blood pressure
  • When prescribed amlodipine, it is important to exercise caution when taking certain antibiotics (clarithromycin, cyclosporine) or antifungal medications. These medications have the potential to interact with amlodipine and cause adverse effects. To ensure your safety, always inform your doctor about all medications you are currently taking
  • Certain heart medications should not be combined with amlodipine due to potential interactions that may affect your health. It is crucial to discuss this matter with your healthcare provider before starting any new medication regimen
  • Taking amlodipine with erectile dysfunction drugs can increase your risk of low blood pressure (hypotension).
  • Taking amlodipine with cholesterol-lowering medication such as simvastatin can cause the levels of simvastatin to increase in your body
  • Amlodipine may interact with other medications, including certain antibiotics such as antifungal medications, and HIV protease inhibitors. Inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about all your medications to avoid potential drug interactions

possible side effects of amlodipine

Common side effects of amlodipine may include lightheadedness, flushing, headache, swelling (edema) in the ankles or feet, and fatigue. Serious side effects of amlodipine include more frequent or more severe chest pain or an allergic reaction to amlodipine: hives; trouble breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
If any side effects persist or worsen, contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Drug Interactions

Amlodipine may interact with other medications HIV protease inhibitors. It is important to inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about all your medications to avoid potential drug interactions.

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NowPatient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

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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