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

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

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

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 calcitriol cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic calcitriol refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand drug but is typically less expensive. It’s a synthetic version of Vitamin D3 used to treat calcium deficiency. Calcitriol is an active metabolite of vitamin D.

FDA approval of calcitriol

Calcitriol is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of certain calcium and vitamin D deficiencies.

Active ingredient of calcitriol

The active ingredient of calcitriol is calcitriol.

US brand name of calcitriol and manufacturer

Calcitriol is available in the US under various brand names, including Rocaltrol and Vectical. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

UK brand name of calcitriol and manufacturer

In the UK, calcitriol is available under various brand names, including Rocaltrol and Calcijex. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for calcitriol

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

Availability of calcitriol in the UK with NHS prescription

Calcitriol is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by calcitriol

Calcitriol is used for the treatment of certain calcium and vitamin D deficiencies, including hypocalcemia (low calcium) in patients on chronic renal dialysis, secondary hyperparathyroidism (decreased functioning of the parathyroid glands) in those with chronic kidney disease not yet on dialysis, and hypocalcemia in those with hypoparathyroidism and pseudohypoparathyroidism. Calcitriol may also be used to treat rickets.

How does calcitriol work?

Calcitriol is the active form of vitamin D in the body. It works by increasing the absorption of calcium from the intestines, promoting the reabsorption of calcium in the kidneys, and assisting in the regulation of calcium, phosphate, and parathyroid hormone (PTH) in the body.

Forms of calcitriol available

Calcitriol is available in the form of oral capsules, oral solution, and topical ointment.

Dosage of calcitriol

The dosage of calcitriol may vary depending on the individual’s specific condition, blood calcium levels, and response to treatment. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for calcitriol use

Calcitriol should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The capsules or solution are usually taken orally, with or without food. The topical ointment is applied to the affected skin area.

Warnings and precautions for calcitriol

  • Calcitriol may have certain risks and potential side effects. It is important to discuss these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication
  • Regular monitoring of levels of calcium and kidney function is necessary during calcitriol treatment
  • Speak to your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
  • Some medications may have drug interactions with calcitriol, such as diuretics, magnesium-containing medications (antacids), vitamin supplements, phosphate binders, digoxin, ketoconazole, phenytoinand phenobarbital

Use of calcitriol if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of calcitriol during pregnancy should be discussed with a healthcare provider. It may be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Possible side effects of calcitriol

Common side effects of calcitriol may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, bone pain, metallic taste, constipation, and irregular heartbeats. Serious side effects are rare but can occur. Promptly report any concerning symptoms or adverse effects to a healthcare provider.

Interactions with other drugs

Calcitriol may interact with other medications. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter medication, calcium supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions and adverse effects.

Similar drugs to calcitriol

Other medications used for the treatment of calcium and vitamin D deficiencies include cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2).

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