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Is the cost of your azelastine 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 azelastine 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 azelastine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my azelastine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my azelastine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does azelastine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for azelastine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for azelastine 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 azelastine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a azelastine co-pay program?Is there a azelastine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much azelastine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic azelastine?FDA approval of azelastineActive ingredient of azelastineUS brand name of azelastine and manufacturerUK brand name of azelastine and manufacturerPrescription requirement for azelastineAvailability of azelastine in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by azelastineHow does azelastine work?Forms of azelastine availableDosage of azelastineDirections for azelastine useWarnings and precautions for azelastineUse of azelastine during pregnancy and breastfeedingPossible side effects of azelastineSimilar drugs to azelastineSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my azelastine?

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

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

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 azelastine cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic azelastine 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 azelastine

Azelastine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of allergic rhinitis, including seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis.

Active ingredient of azelastine

The active ingredient of azelastine is azelastine hydrochloride (HCL).

US brand name of azelastine and manufacturer

Azelastine is available in the US under various brand names, including Astelin and Astepro. It is manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of azelastine and manufacturer

In the UK, azelastine is available under various brand names, including Rhinolast and Allergodil. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for azelastine

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

Availability of azelastine in the UK with NHS prescription

Azelastine is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by azelastine

Azelastine is primarily used for the treatment of allergic rhinitis, which is an inflammation of the nasal passages caused by an allergic reaction to substances such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander.

How does azelastine work?

Azelastine is an antihistamine that works by blocking the action of histamine, a substance released by the body during an allergic reaction. Azelastine works by blocking the H1 receptors on cells, which are receptors that are normally activated by the chemical histamine. By blocking histamine, azelastine helps to relieve allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, stuffy nose, sneezing, itching, and runny nose associated with allergic rhinitis.

Forms of azelastine available

Azelastine is available as nasal sprays and eye drop dosage forms.

Dosage of azelastine

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

Directions for azelastine use

Azelastine nasal sprays should be used as directed by the healthcare provider. The medication is usually sprayed into each nostril, typically twice daily. Azelastine eye drops should also be used as directed, typically one or two drops in each affected eye, usually twice daily. Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Store the bottle upright with the pump tightly closed. Keep out of the reach of children.

Warnings and precautions for azelastine

  • Azelastine nasal spray may cause certain side effects, including nasal irritation, nosebleeds, drowsiness and a bitter taste. Azelastine eye drops may cause temporary eye discomfort. If any adverse reactions occur, discontinue use and consult a healthcare provider
  • It is important to inform a healthcare professional about all prescription drugs including nonprescription medications such as over-the-counter(otc) drugs and supplements you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions

Use of azelastine during pregnancy and breastfeeding

The use of azelastine during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be carefully considered, and the potential risks and benefits should be discussed with a healthcare provider. Azelastine should only be used if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Possible side effects of azelastine

In clinical trials common side effects of azelastine may include nasal irritation, headache, dry mouth, sore throat, bitter taste, and eye irritation. Serious adverse effects are possible but less common. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider.

Similar drugs to azelastine

Other antihistamine medications used for the treatment of allergic rhinitis include cetirizine, loratadine, and fexofenadine.

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