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Is the cost of your benztropine 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 benztropine 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 benztropine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my benztropine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my benztropine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does benztropine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for benztropine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for benztropine 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 benztropine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a benztropine co-pay program?Is there a benztropine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much benztropine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic benztropine? FDA approval of benztropine. Active ingredient of benztropineUS brand name of benztropine and manufacturerUK brand name of benztropine and manufacturerPrescription requirement for benztropineAvailability of benztropine in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by benztropineHow does benztropine work?Forms of benztropine availableDosage of benztropineDirections for benztropine useWarnings and precautions for benztropineUse of benztropine if pregnant or planning pregnancyPossible adverse effects of benztropineInteractions with other drugsSimilar drugs to benztropineSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my benztropine?

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

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

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 benztropine cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic benztropine 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 benztropine. 

Benztropine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and drug-induced extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS).

Active ingredient of benztropine

The active ingredient of benztropine is benztropine mesylate.

US brand name of benztropine and manufacturer

Benztropine is available in the US under the brand name Cogentin. The manufacturer is Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

UK brand name of benztropine and manufacturer

In the UK, benztropine is called benztropine and is only available on an unlicensed basis and supplied via specials laboratories.

Prescription requirement for benztropine

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

Availability of benztropine in the UK with NHS prescription

Benztropine may be available in the UK with an NHS prescription, typically under the unlicensed generic name.

Conditions treated by benztropine

Benztropine is used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement, and drug-induced extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) caused by certain medications.

How does benztropine work?

Benztropine is an anticholinergic drug that works by blocking the action of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in motor function. By reducing the effects of acetylcholine, benztropine helps alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and drug-induced extrapyramidal symptoms.

Forms of benztropine available

Benztropine is available in oral tablet and injectable forms. Benztropine should be stored in a closed container at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight.

Dosage of benztropine

Your dose of benztropine will vary depending on your condition and response to the medication. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for benztropine use

Benztropine should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. It is usually taken orally, with or without food. The injectable form is administered by a healthcare professional.

Warnings and precautions for benztropine

  • Benztropine may have certain risks and potential side effects. It is important to discuss these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication and to check for any drug interactions with other prescription drugs
  • This medicine may make you sweat less, causing your body temperature to increase. Take extra care to not become overheated during exercise or hot weather while taking this medicine. Overheating may cause heat stroke
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had tardive dyskinesia before you start treatment
  • Benztropineshould not be used if you have angle-closure glaucoma

Use of benztropine if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of benztropine during pregnancy should be discussed with a healthcare provider. Check with your healthcare professional for medical advice before using benztropine and breast feeding.

Possible adverse effects of benztropine

Common side effects of benztropine may include dry mouth, drowsiness, trouble breathing, constipation, blurred vision, muscle weakness, urinary retention, and confusion. Serious side effects are rare but can occur. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider as you could be experiencing an allergic reaction (skin rash, hives, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat).

Interactions with other drugs

Benztropine may interact with other medications, including antihistamines (such as cetirizine, and diphenhydramine), haloperidol, and phenothiazines (such as prochlorperazine and chlorpromazine), and certain other antidepressants. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter medication, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions.

Similar drugs to benztropine

Other anticholinergic medications, such as trihexyphenidyl, may be used as alternatives for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and drug-induced EPS.

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