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

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

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

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 atomoxetine cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic atomoxetine 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 atomoxetine

Atomoxetine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults.

Active ingredient of atomoxetine

The active ingredient of atomoxetine is atomoxetine hydrochloride.

US brand name of atomoxetine and manufacturer

Atomoxetine is available in the US under the brand name Strattera. It is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company.

UK brand name of atomoxetine and manufacturer

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

Prescription requirement for atomoxetine

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

Availability of atomoxetine in the UK with NHS prescription

Atomoxetine is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by atomoxetine

Atomoxetine is used for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents, and adults. It helps to improve attention span, decrease impulsiveness, and reduce hyperactivity.

How does atomoxetine work?

Atomoxetine, a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, works by increasing the levels of norepinephrine in the brain. This mechanism of action helps regulate attention and impulse control in individuals with ADHD. By targeting brain chemicals, atomoxetine can improve cognitive function and reduce hyperactivity. In terms of its effects on brain chemicals, atomoxetine specifically inhibits the reuptake of noradrenaline (norepinephrine). This leads to increased levels of this neurotransmitter in the synaptic cleft, which enhances communication between nerve cells involved in attention and focus. As a result, individuals who take atomoxetine experience improved concentration and reduced distractibility.

Forms of atomoxetine available

Atomoxetine is available in the form of oral capsules.

Dosage of atomoxetine

The dosage of atomoxetine may vary depending on the individual’s age, weight, and response to treatment. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions the healthcare provider provides.

Directions for atomoxetine use

Atomoxetine capsules should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The capsules are usually taken orally, with or without food. It is important to swallow the capsules whole and not open, crush, or chew them as this may affect their efficacy.  Atomoxetine can be administered either as a single daily dose or split into two evenly divided doses in the morning and afternoon. If you miss a dose of atomoxetine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Warnings and precautions for atomoxetine

  • Atomoxetine may have certain risks and potential side effects. Discussing these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication is important
  • If you have a history of heart problems or cardiovascular disease, it is important to proceed with caution when taking atomoxetine. This medication can potentially increase heart rate and blood pressure, which may worsen your condition. Regular monitoring by a healthcare professional is essential
  • Individuals with liver disease should approach atomoxetine use carefully as the drug is primarily metabolized in the liver. Impaired liver function can affect how your body processes the medication, leading to potential complications and liver injury. Consult your doctor for personalized advice and close monitoring if you have any existing liver issues
  • High blood pressure requires special attention when considering atomoxetine treatment due to its potential impact on blood pressure levels. Your healthcare provider will closely monitor your blood pressure throughout therapy to ensure it remains within safe limits. It’s crucial to inform them about any pre-existing hypertension or related conditions before starting this medication regimen
  • Atomoxetine has been linked to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, particularly in children and adolescents. It’s crucial to closely monitor any changes in mood, behavior, or emotions while taking this medication if you have a personal or family history of mental/mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, or suicidal thoughts
  • Some people may have an allergic reaction to atomoxetine, which can present as hives, rash, itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention
  • Atomoxetine is contraindicated for people with narrow-angle glaucoma (an eye disease that may cause vision loss) and pheochromocytoma

Drug interactions

  • Atomoxetine should not be taken with monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (isocarboxazid, phenelzine) or within 14 days of discontinuing treatment with an MAO inhibitor, as it may lead to serious reactions, including hypertensive crisis
  • The use of CYP2D6 inhibitors, such as fluoxetine, paroxetine and quinidine, can significantly increase atomoxetine levels in the blood. Close monitoring is necessary to adjust the dosage and prevent potential adverse effects
  • Combining atomoxetine with serotonergic drugs like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) may increase the risk of serotonin syndrome. Caution must be exercised when using these medications together and appropriate monitoring should be done

Use of atomoxetine if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of atomoxetine during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be discussed with a healthcare provider. It is generally not recommended for use during pregnancy unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Possible side effects of atomoxetine

Common side effects of atomoxetine may include nausea, dry mouth, abdominal pain, constipation, insomnia, loss of appetite, and increased heart rate. Serious side effects are possible but less common. If you experience symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing, or thoughts of self-harm, seek medical help immediately as these may be signs of a severe reaction. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider. It is important to discuss any concerns or persistent side effects with your healthcare provider.

Similar drugs to atomoxetine

Other medications used for the treatment of ADHD include stimulant medications such as methylphenidate and amphetamine derivatives.

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