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

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

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

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 bupropion cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using bupropion. 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 bupropion. 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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W hat is generic bupropion?

Generic bupropion 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 bupropion

Bupropion is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. It is also approved as an aid to smoking cessation.

Active ingredient of bupropion

The active ingredient of bupropion is bupropion hydrochloride.

US brand name of bupropion and manufacturer

Bupropion is available in the US under various brand names, including Wellbutrin. It is manufactured by various pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of bupropion and manufacturer

In the UK, bupropion was marketed under the brand name Zyban (smoking cessation), until it was withdrawn due to possible nitrosamine impurities, in December 2022.

Prescription requirement for bupropion

A prescription (Rx) is required for bupropion in both the US.

Availability of bupropion in the UK with NHS prescription

Bupropion is not available in the UK.

Conditions treated by bupropion

Bupropion is primarily used for the treatment of major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and as an aid to smoking cessation. It is classified as an atypical antidepressant that affects certain neurotransmitters in the brain.

How does bupropion work?

The exact mechanism of action of bupropion is not fully understood. It is believed to work by inhibiting the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which helps to restore the balance of these neurotransmitters. This is thought to contribute to its antidepressant and smoking cessation effects.

Forms of bupropion available

Bupropion is available in the form of oral tablets and extended-release tablets.

Dosage of bupropion

The dosage of bupropion may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual’s response to the medication. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for bupropion use

Bupropion should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The medication is usually taken once or twice daily, with or without food. It is important to take bupropion consistently and continue the prescribed treatment course.

Warnings and precautions for bupropion

  • Bupropion may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, especially in children, adolescents, and young adults. Close monitoring is necessary during treatment.
  • It may interact with certain medications, including monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Inform the healthcare provider about all medications being taken.

Use of bupropion during pregnancy

The use of bupropion during pregnancy should be carefully considered, and the potential risks and benefits should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Use of bupropion while breastfeeding

Bupropion may pass into breast milk, but the amount is usually low. It is recommended to consult a healthcare provider before using Bupropion while breastfeeding.

Possible side effects of bupropion

Common side effects of bupropion may include dry mouth, insomnia, headache, nausea, and agitation. Serious side effects are rare but can occur. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider.

Similar drugs to bupropion

Other antidepressant medications used  for the treatment of depression and smoking cessation include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as sertraline and fluoxetine.

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