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

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

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

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 diclofenac cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic diclofenac 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 diclofenac

Diclofenac is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of pain, inflammation, and joint stiffness caused by various conditions.

Active ingredient of diclofenac

The active ingredient of diclofenac is diclofenac sodium.

US brand name of diclofenac and manufacturer

Diclofenac is available in the US under various brand names, including Voltaren, Cataflam, and Zipsor. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

UK brand name of diclofenac and manufacturer

In the UK, diclofenac is available under various brand names, including Voltarol and Diclomax. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for diclofenac

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

Availability of diclofenac in the UK with NHS prescription

Diclofenac is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.  It is also available in limited pack sizes as an over-the-counter product.

Conditions treated by diclofenac

Diclofenac is used for the treatment of pain, inflammation, and joint stiffness caused by various conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

How does diclofenac work?

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used for pain management. It belongs to a class of medications called COX-2 inhibitors, which work by reducing inflammation and relieving pain.

Forms of diclofenac available

Diclofenac is available in various forms, including oral tablets, capsules, extended-release tablets, delayed-release tablets, topical gels, and solutions for injection.

Dosage of diclofenac

The dosage of diclofenac may vary depending on the individual’s specific condition, response to treatment, and other factors. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.
If you miss a dose, take diclofenac as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Directions for diclofenac use

Diclofenac should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The tablets or capsules are usually taken orally, with or without food. The topical formulations are applied directly to the affected area. The injections are administered by a healthcare professional.

Warnings and precautions for diclofenac

  • Diclofenac may have certain risks and potential side effects. Discussing these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication is important
  • Diclofenac may cause a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular events. It should be used with caution in individuals with a history of heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions

Drug interactions of diclofenac

It is important to be aware of these potential drug interactions to ensure the safe and effective use of diclofenac. Here are some common interactions to consider:

  • Concurrent use of diclofenac with other NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, can increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers. These drugs have similar mechanisms of action and can have synergistic effects on the stomach lining
  • Diclofenac may enhance the effects of anticoagulant medications, such as warfarin or heparin, leading to an increased risk of bleeding. Close monitoring of bleeding time and appropriate dosage adjustments are necessary when using these drugs together
  • Combining diclofenac with corticosteroids, like prednisone, may increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers. Both drugs have similar effects on the stomach lining, and their combined use should be approached with caution
  • Concurrent use of diclofenac with antiplatelet agents, such as clopidogrel or ticagrelor, can increase the risk of bleeding. These medications affect platelet function, and their combined use may lead to excessive bleeding. Close monitoring is essential in such cases
  • Combining diclofenac with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like fluoxetine or sertraline may increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Both drugs can inhibit platelet aggregation and increase the risk of bleeding when used together
  • Concurrent use of diclofenac and methotrexate, a medication used to treat certain cancers and autoimmune diseases, can increase the risk of methotrexate toxicity. Regular monitoring of liver function and blood counts is essential in these cases
  • Combining diclofenac with ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)  commonly used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), may reduce the efficacy of these medications and increase the risk of kidney problems. Close monitoring of blood pressure and renal function is necessary in these cases

It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and there may be other medications that can interact with diclofenac. Therefore, it is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist before starting or combining any medications.

Use of diclofenac if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of diclofenac during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be discussed with a healthcare provider. It is generally not recommended for use during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester.

Possible side effects of diclofenac

In clinical trials common adverse effects of diclofenac include gastrointestinal (GI) upset. This can include symptoms such as stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, and diarrhea. In some cases, diclofenac can even cause bleeding or ulcers in the stomach or intestines. It’s important to monitor for any signs of GI distress and seek medical attention if these symptoms worsen or persist.
Serious side effects are rare but can occur. There is an increased risk of cardiovascular events when taking diclofenac. This includes conditions such as heart attack or stroke. While the risk is relatively low, it is still something to consider, especially for patients who already have underlying heart or vascular conditions. It is important to discuss any existing cardiovascular conditions with your healthcare provider before starting diclofenac.
In rare cases, diclofenac can cause liver or kidney problems. This is more likely to occur in patients with pre-existing liver disease or kidney disease, or in those taking other medications that can affect these organs. Regular monitoring of liver and kidney function is essential when using diclofenac long-term.
Allergic reactions to diclofenac are also possible, although they are rare. If you experience symptoms such as rash, itching, swelling, or shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention.

Similar drugs to diclofenac

Other NSAIDs, such as celecoxib, ibuprofen and naproxen, may be used as alternatives for the treatment of pain and inflammation.

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