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

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

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

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 doxazosin cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic doxazosin 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 doxazosin

Doxazosin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Active ingredient of doxazosin

The active ingredient of doxazosin is doxazosin mesylate.

US brand name of doxazosin and manufacturer

Doxazosin is available in the US under the brand name Cardura. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

UK brand name of doxazosin and manufacturer

In the UK, doxazosin is available under various brand names, including Cardura. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for doxazosin

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

Availability of doxazosin in the UK with NHS prescription

Doxazosin is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by doxazosin

Doxazosin is commonly used as an antihypertensive medication to lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. It works by relaxing the blood vessels, allowing for easier blood flow and reducing the workload on the heart.

Another common use for doxazosin is in the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition characterized by an enlarged prostate gland that can cause urinary symptoms. Doxazosin helps relax the muscles in both the prostate gland and bladder neck, relieving symptoms such as frequent urination and difficulty starting or maintaining urination.

Please note that off-label uses should be discussed with healthcare professionals before considering their usage.

How does doxazosin work?

Doxazosin belongs to a class of drugs called alpha-blockers and is specifically an alpha-1 adrenergic antagonist. It works by blocking the alpha-1 receptors located in smooth muscle cells of the arteries and prostate gland. By doing so, it relaxes these muscles, leading to dilation of blood vessels and improved urine flow in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

When administered orally, doxazosin is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. It undergoes extensive hepatic metabolism via cytochrome P450 enzymes before being eliminated primarily through fecal excretion. The drug reaches peak plasma concentrations within 2 to 3 hours after administration.

As an antihypertensive agent, doxazosin effectively lowers blood pressure by dilating both arterial and venous blood vessels throughout the body. This relaxation reduces peripheral resistance and results in decreased systemic vascular resistance without a significant impact on heart rate or cardiac output. Consequently, it helps manage hypertension while improving overall cardiovascular health.

Forms of doxazosin available

Doxazosin comes as a tablet and an extended-release tablet to take by mouth.

Dosage of doxazosin

The dosage of doxazosin 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 it 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 doxazosin use

Doxazosin should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The tablets are usually taken orally, with or without food. It is important to take doxazosin consistently and at the same time each day for the best results.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat and from the reach of children.

Warnings and precautions for doxazosin

  • Doxazosin may have certain risks and potential side effects. Discussing these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication is important
  • Doxazosin may cause dizziness or fainting, especially when standing up from a sitting or lying position. It is important to get up slowly and avoid sudden position changes
  • It is important to inform a healthcare professional about all the medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements. They can evaluate the potential adverse effects and make necessary adjustments to your treatment plan to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the medications
  • Get emergency medical advice and help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to doxazosin: hives, trouble breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Drug interactions for doxazosin

  • When prescribing doxazosin in combination with other antihypertensive medications, exercise caution as the combined effects may lead to excessive hypotension. Monitor blood pressure closely and adjust the dosage accordingly to ensure optimal control
  • Some notable examples include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors for erectile dysfunction (e.g. sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil), which may increase the risk of adverse effects such as dizziness or fainting. Precautions should be taken when co-administering these drugs
  • Taking multiple alpha-blockers simultaneously can increase the risk of side effects such as dizziness or low blood pressure. Carefully evaluate each patient’s medical history before considering this combination, and closely monitor for any signs of adverse reactions during treatment

Use of doxazosin if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of doxazosin during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be discussed with a healthcare provider. It is generally not recommended for use during pregnancy unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Possible side effects of doxazosin

Common side effects of doxazosin may include lightheadedness, drowsiness, headache, and low blood pressure. Serious side effects are rare but can occur. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider.

Similar drugs to doxazosin

Other alpha-1 blockers, such as terazosin and tamsulosin, may be used as alternatives for the treatment of hypertension and BPH.

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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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