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Is the cost of your escitalopram 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 escitalopram 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 escitalopram?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my escitalopram?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my escitalopram?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does escitalopram cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for escitalopram when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for escitalopram 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 escitalopram and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a escitalopram co-pay program?Is there a escitalopram Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much escitalopram?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic escitalopram?US brand name of escitalopram and manufacturerUK brand name of escitalopram and manufacturerPrescription requirement for escitalopramFDA Approval of escitalopramIs escitalopram available in the UK on NHS?Mechanism of actionUses of escitalopramDosage of escitalopramForms of escitalopramPrecautions and warnings for escitalopramIs it safe to take escitalopram if I am pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?Is escitalopram safe to use while breastfeeding?Possible side effects of escitalopramInteractions with other drugsSimilar drugs to escitalopramSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my escitalopram?

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

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

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 escitalopram cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

US brand name of escitalopram and manufacturer

Escitalopram is available in the US under the brand name Lexapro. It is manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

UK brand name of escitalopram and manufacturer

Escitalopram is available in the UK under the brand name Cipralex. It is also manufactured by Lundbeck Limited.

Prescription requirement for escitalopram

Escitalopram is a prescription medication, which means it requires a prescription (Rx) from a healthcare provider in both the US and the UK. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional who can evaluate your medical condition and determine if escitalopram is appropriate for you.

FDA Approval of escitalopram

Escitalopram has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder in adults.

Is escitalopram available in the UK on NHS?

Escitalopram is available in the UK with a National Health Service (NHS) prescription. It can be prescribed for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

Mechanism of action

Escitalopram oxalate is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps regulate mood.

Uses of escitalopram

Escitalopram is primarily used for the treatment of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder in adults. It may also be prescribed off-label for other conditions, such as panic disorder (panic attacks) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Dosage of escitalopram

The dose of escitalopram may vary depending on the individual’s condition and response to the medication. It is important to use escitalopram according to the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Escitalopram is available in tablet form in different strengths (such as 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg). The appropriate dosage will be determined by your healthcare provider based on your specific needs.

Forms of escitalopram

Escitalopram is available in tablet form.

Precautions and warnings for escitalopram

  • Before taking escitalopram, inform your healthcare provider about any pre-existing medical conditions you have, such as high blood pressure, liver or kidney problems, seizures, or a history of drug allergies
  • It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications, supplements, or herbal products you are taking, as they may interact with escitalopram
  • Escitalopram may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, especially in young adults. Close monitoring by a healthcare provider is important during the initial stages of treatment
  • Abruptly stopping escitalopram may cause withdrawal symptoms. It is recommended to gradually taper off the medication under the supervision of a healthcare provider
  • Escitalopram may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Avoid activities that require alertness until you know how the medication affects you
  • If you experience any allergic reactions or severe side effects while taking escitalopram, seek immediate medical attention

Is it safe to take escitalopram if I am pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?

It is important to discuss with your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding before taking escitalopram. The use of escitalopram during pregnancy or breastfeeding should be carefully evaluated, and the potential risks and benefits should be considered.

Is escitalopram safe to use while breastfeeding?

Escitalopram is excreted into breast milk, and its use during breastfeeding should be discussed with a healthcare provider. The potential risks and benefits of taking escitalopram while breastfeeding should be considered.

Possible side effects of escitalopram

In clinical trials common side effects of escitalopram may include nausea, constipation, dry mouth, drowsiness, sedation, tiredness, trouble sleeping, glaucoma, and sexual dysfunction (decreased sex drive, delayed or absent ejaculation, difficulty getting or maintaining an erection). Serious side effects are rare but can occur. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to your caregiver for medical advice. Get medical help right away if you have an allergic reaction. Symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, swelling of your face, tongue or throat, skin rash, and blistering or peeling of the skin. Promptly report any adverse effects to a healthcare provider.

Interactions with other drugs

Escitalopram may interact with other medications, including NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, and naproxen, blood thinners such as warfarin, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, phenelzine, selegiline, and tranylcypromine, St. John’s wort, certain antidepressants (including other SSRIs such as fluoxetine and paroxetine, SNRIs such as duloxetine and venlafaxine, and tryptophan (the risk of serotonin syndrome increases if you are taking these medications), other drugs that affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), such as diuretics, amiodarone, pimozide, and sotalol. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter medication, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions.

Similar drugs to escitalopram

Other SSRIs, such as citalopram, sertraline and fluoxetine, may be used as alternatives for the treatment of depression.

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