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NowPatient offers cost effective access to desogestrel 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 desogestrel?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my desogestrel?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my desogestrel?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does desogestrel cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for desogestrel when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for desogestrel 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 desogestrel and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a desogestrel co-pay program?Is there a desogestrel Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much desogestrel?What are the benefits of NowPatient?US brand name of desogestrel and manufacturerUK brand name of desogestrel and manufacturerPrescription requirement for desogestrelFDA approval of desogestrelIs desogestrel available in the UK on NHS?Mechanism of actionUses of desogestrelDosage of desogestrelPrecautions and warnings for desogestrelSide effects of desogestrelSerious side effects of desogestrelDrug interactionsSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my desogestrel?

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

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

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 desogestrel cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using desogestrel. 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 desogestrel. 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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US brand name of desogestrel and manufacturer

Desogestrel is available in the US under the brand name Apri, which is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

UK brand name of desogestrel and manufacturer

Desogestrel is available in the UK under various brand names, including Cerazette and desogestrel, which different pharmaceutical companies manufacture.

Prescription requirement for desogestrel

Desogestrel is a prescription medication in both the US and the UK. It is not available over the counter and requires a prescription from a healthcare provider.

FDA approval of desogestrel

Desogestrel has received FDA approval as an oral contraceptive, also known as a birth control pill.

Is desogestrel available in the UK on NHS?

Desogestrel is available on the NHS in the UK. It can be prescribed by healthcare providers as a contraceptive option.

Mechanism of action

Desogestrel is a progestogen-only pill. It contains synthetic progestin, which means it acts similarly to the hormone progesterone in the body. It works by preventing ovulation, thickening the cervical mucus to inhibit sperm penetration, and altering the uterine lining to make it less receptive to implantation.

Uses of desogestrel

Desogestrel is primarily used as an oral contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. It is a highly effective method when taken correctly. Desogestrel, commonly known as the mini-pill, is a type of birth control pill that contains only one hormone, progestin. This sets it apart from combined oral contraceptives which contain both estrogen and progestin.
Other Medical Uses
Desogestrel has several potential uses beyond birth control. It may be prescribed to regulate menstrual cycles, reduce menstrual pain, or treat conditions such as endometriosis. Desogestrel also shows potential as a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women going through menopause. It can help manage the symptoms of hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness that often accompany this stage of life. Additionally, desogestrel has been found to be an effective tool in managing polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), helping to regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate associated symptoms such as acne and excess hair growth. Furthermore, ongoing research is exploring off-label uses of desogestrel for conditions like acne treatment and endometriosis.

Dosage of desogestrel

The dosage of desogestrel will depend on the specific brand and formulation prescribed. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Generally, desogestrel is taken orally once daily.

Precautions and warnings for desogestrel

  • Desogestrel should not be used in individuals who have a known allergy to the medication or any of its components
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any estrogens (such as ethinyl estradiol, mestranol) or any progestins (such as norethindrone, desogestrel); or if you have any other allergies
  • Desogestrel usage may increase the risk of blood clot formation, which can be potentially dangerous and lead to serious health complications. It is crucial for patients to closely monitor any symptoms such as swelling or pain in the legs, shortness of breath, or chest pain and immediately seek medical attention if they occur
  • High blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity cause an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. These underlying conditions create a higher likelihood of developing cardiovascular complications when using desogestrel. It is crucial for patients to prioritize managing these health concerns to minimize potential risks
  • It is important to inform your healthcare provider about any existing medical conditions, especially if you have a history of blood clots, heart disease, liver disease (including tumours), breast cancer, gallbladder problems, thyroid problems, or unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Using this medicine may increase your risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer. Talk with your doctor about this risk
  • Desogestrel does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Additional barrier methods should be used for STI prevention
  • The use of desogestrel during pregnancy should be avoided, as it is intended for contraceptive purposes
  • Breastfeeding individuals should consult with their healthcare provider regarding the use of desogestrel, as it may affect milk production. This medicine passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding

Side effects of desogestrel

In clinical trials common side effects of desogestrel may include menstrual irregularities, changes in menstrual bleeding patterns, breast tenderness/enlargement, weight gain, nausea, mood changes, contact lens discomfort and headache. Serious side effects are rare but may include blood clots, high blood pressure, and liver problems.

Serious side effects of desogestrel

  • Desogestrel may increase the risk of developing blood clots, which can lead to serious complications such as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
  • Some individuals may experience severe allergic reactions to desogestrel, including rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, and difficulty breathing
  • In rare cases, desogestrel has been associated with depression or mood changes. It is important to monitor your mental health while taking this medication

Note that these are not all the possible adverse effects of desogestrel. It is essential to consult your healthcare provider for a complete list and discuss any concerns you may have before starting this medication.

Drug interactions

Antibiotics like rifampin, anticonvulsants like carbamazepine, and the herbal supplement St. John’s Wort can potentially interact with desogestrel, leading to decreased effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives. It is important to inform your healthcare provider if you are taking any of these medications or supplements while using desogestrel.

  • Certain antibiotics, like rifampicin and rifabutin, may reduce the effectiveness of desogestrel. It is advisable to use an alternative method of contraception while taking these antibiotics and for a week after completing the course
  • St. John’s Wort can increase the metabolism of desogestrel, potentially reducing its effectiveness. It is important to discuss the use of St. John’s Wort with your healthcare provider if you are taking desogestrel
  • Some antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) such as phenytoin, carbamazepine, and topiramate, can decrease the effectiveness of desogestrel. This may increase the risk of unintended pregnancy. If you are taking AEDs, your healthcare provider may recommend using an additional or alternative form of contraception
  • Women who are being treated for high cholesterol (high lipid levels) should be followed closely if they elect to use oral contraceptives. Some progestogens may increase concentrations of low-density lipoproteins and may render the control of hyperlipidemias more difficult
  • Some antiviral medications, including ritonavir and nevirapine, can affect the metabolism of desogestrel, potentially reducing its effectiveness. Your healthcare provider may need to adjust your treatment plan or recommend additional contraception methods
  • If you do become pregnant while you’re using desogestrel, there may be a small risk of an ectopic pregnancy

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The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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