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

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

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

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 ergocalciferol cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic ergocalciferol 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 ergocalciferol

Ergocalciferol is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a vitamin D supplement.

Active ingredient of ergocalciferol

The active ingredient of ergocalciferol is vitamin D2.

US brand name of ergocalciferol and manufacturer

Ergocalciferol is available in the US under various brand names, including Drisdol and Calciferol. The manufacturers may vary depending on the brand names.

UK brand name of ergocalciferol and manufacturer

In the UK, ergocalciferol is available under various brand names, including Ercalcitriol and Calciferol. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for ergocalciferol

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

Availability of ergocalciferol in the UK with NHS prescription

Ergocalciferol is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by ergocalciferol

Ergocalciferol is a fat soluble vitamin used to treat and prevent vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to conditions such as osteoporosis, rickets (in children) and osteomalacia (in adults). Ergocalciferol helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus which is important for the synthesis and maintenance of strong bones. It is also used in combination with other drugs to treat low calcium or phosphate levels caused by hypoparathyroidism, pseudohypoparathyroidism, and familial hypophosphatemia (vitamin D resistant rickets characterized by altered renal vitamin D metabolism).

How does ergocalciferol work?

Ergocalciferol is converted into an active form of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in calcium and phosphate absorption, which are essential for bone health.

Forms of ergocalciferol available

Ergocalciferol is available in various dosage forms, including oral capsules, tablets, and liquid drops.

Dosage of ergocalciferol

The dosage of ergocalciferol may vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the severity of the deficiency, and other individual factors. It is important to follow the drug information provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for ergocalciferol use

Ergocalciferol should be taken as directed by the healthcare provider. The specific instructions may include the timing of administration, dosage adjustments, and any necessary precautions.

Warnings and precautions for ergocalciferol

  • Ergocalciferol may interact with other medications and substances, and dosage adjustments or close monitoring may be necessary
  • It is important to follow the recommended dosage to avoid vitamin D toxicity, which can result in hypercalcemia (high calcium levels)
  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, high calcium/vitamin D levels (hypercalcemia/hypervitaminosis D), or malabsorption syndrome before starting treatment
  • Ergocalciferol passes into breast milk. Speak to your doctor before breast-feeding

Possible side effects of ergocalciferol

Common side effects of ergocalciferol may include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite,weight loss, constipation, and increased thirst. If these side effects persist or worsen, it is important to contact a healthcare provider.

Interactions with other drugs

Ergocalciferol may interact with certain medications. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking calcitriol, thiazide diuretics, barbiturates, cholestyramine, colestipol, mineral oil, primidone, and vitamin D analogs. It is important to inform your healthcare professional about all the prescription drugs, over the counter (OTC), nonprescription medications, herbal products, dietary supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential adverse effects and drug interactions.

Similar drugs to ergocalciferol

Other forms of vitamin D, such as cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), are also used as supplements to treat and prevent vitamin D insufficiency.

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