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Is the cost of your benzonatate 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 benzonatate 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 benzonatate?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my benzonatate?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my benzonatate?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does benzonatate cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for benzonatate when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for benzonatate 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 benzonatate and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a benzonatate co-pay program?Is there a benzonatate Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much benzonatate?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic benzonatate?FDA approval of benzonatateActive ingredient of benzonatateUS brand name of benzonatate and manufacturerUK brand name of benzonatate and manufacturerPrescription requirement for benzonatateAvailability of benzonatate in the UKConditions treated by benzonatateHow does benzonatate work?Forms of benzonatate availableDosage of benzonatateDirections for benzonatate useWarnings and contraindicationsUse of benzonatate during pregnancy and breastfeedingPossible side effects of benzonatateInteractions with other drugsSimilar drugs to benzonatateSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my benzonatate?

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

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

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 benzonatate cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic benzonatate 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 benzonatate

Benzonatate is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the relief of cough caused by minor throat and bronchial irritation.

Active ingredient of benzonatate

The active ingredient of benzonatate is benzonatate.

US brand name of benzonatate and manufacturer

Benzonatate is available in the US under various brand names, including Tessalon and Zonatuss. It is manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of benzonatate and manufacturer

In the UK, benzonatate is not currently available under a specific brand name.

Prescription requirement for benzonatate

A prescription (Rx) is required for benzonatate in the US. Availability and prescription requirements may vary in other countries.

Availability of benzonatate in the UK

There is no availability of benzonatate in the UK.

Conditions treated by benzonatate

Benzonatate is primarily used for the relief of cough caused by minor throat and bronchial irritation.

How does benzonatate work?

The exact mechanism of action of benzonatate in relieving cough is not fully understood. It is believed to work by numbing the stretch receptors in the lungs, throat, and airways, reducing the cough reflex.

Forms of benzonatate available

Benzonatate is available in the form of oral benzonatate capsules.

Dosage of benzonatate

The dosage of benzonatate may vary depending on the individual’s age, condition, and response to the medication. It is important to follow the medical advice provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for benzonatate use

Benzonatate should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. Adults and young children 10 years of age and older are recommended to take 100 mg three times a day. Do not take more than 200 mg capsules at one time or more than 600 mg per day. Store benzonatate at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Warnings and contraindications

  • Benzonatate may cause certain side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, and numbing of the mouth or throat. It is important to use caution while taking benzonatate, especially when engaging in activities that require alertness
  • It is important to avoid chewing or sucking on the capsules it may act as a local anesthetic on the throat, which can increase the risk of choking or aspiration
  • Inform the healthcare provider about all medications being taken, as benzonatate may interact with certain medications

Use of benzonatate during pregnancy and breastfeeding

The use of benzonatate during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be discussed with a healthcare provider, and the potential risks and benefits should be considered. Keep out of reach of children at all times.

Possible side effects of benzonatate

Common side effects of benzonatate may include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, stuffy nose, constipation, hives, ingestion and upset stomach. Serious side effects are rare but may include allergic reactions. Promptly report any concerning symptoms of overdose to a healthcare professional and seek medical attention.

Interactions with other drugs

Benzonatate may have drug interactions with certain medications, including sedatives, muscle relaxers, opioid pain killers such as codeine, and medicine for depression. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter treatments and supplements you are taking to avoid potential adverse events.

Similar drugs to benzonatate

Other medications used for the relief of cough may include cough suppressants such as dextromethorphan and guaifenesin.

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