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

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

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

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 estradiol cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic estradiol 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 estradiol

Estradiol is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of various conditions related to hormonal imbalance, such as menopausal symptoms, hormone replacement therapy, and certain gynecological disorders.

Active ingredient of estradiol

The active ingredient of estradiol is estradiol, which is a form of the hormone estrogen.

US brand name of estradiol and manufacturer

Estradiol is available under various brand names in the US, including Estrace, Climara, and Vivelle-Dot. These medications are manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of estradiol and manufacturer

In the UK, estradiol is available under various brand names, and the manufacturers may vary.

Prescription requirement for estradiol

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

Availability of estradiol in the UK with NHS prescription

Estradiol is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by estradiol

Estradiol is a hormone normally made by the ovaries in the human body. Estardiol therapy is used to reduce symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and to prevent osteoporosis related to low estrogen levels or hormonal imbalance due to ovarian failure. Estardiol may also be used for the treatment of prostate cancer in men.

How does estradiol work?

Estradiol works by supplementing or replacing the estrogen hormone in the body. It helps to alleviate menopausal symptoms, restore hormonal balance, and provide therapeutic benefits in specific gynecological conditions.

Forms of estradiol available

Estradiol is available in various forms, including oral tablets, transdermal patches, topical gels, creams, vaginal rings, and injectable formulations.

Dosage of estradiol

The dosage of estradiol may vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the route of administration, and individual patient factors. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for estradiol use

Estradiol should be taken or used as directed by the healthcare provider, following the specific instructions for the chosen form of medication (e.g., oral ingestion, patch application, vaginal insertion).

Warnings and precautions for estradiol

  • Estradiol should not be used in individuals with a history of certain medical conditions, such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, or blood clots
  • Postmenopausal women taking estrogen with progestin are at an increased risk for breast cancer
  • Long-term use of estrogen therapy may be associated with increased risks of certain health conditions, including cardiovascular events, breast cancer, and endometrial cancer
  • Tell your doctor if you have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease (such as heart attack), angioedema, blood clotting disorders, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity, underactive thyroid, high or low blood calcium levels, fibroids, endometriosis, gallbladder disease, seizures, asthma, migraine headaches, or depression before you use estradiol

Use of estradiol during pregnancy

Estradiol is not indicated for use during pregnancy. It should be avoided unless specifically prescribed by a healthcare provider. The potential risks and benefits should be discussed.

Use of estradiol while breastfeeding

Estradiol is not recommended during breastfeeding, as it can pass into breast milk and may have effects on the nursing infant. Consultation with a healthcare provider is necessary to discuss alternative treatment options.

Possible side effects of estradiol

Common side effects of estradiol may include breast tenderness, bloating, weight gain, mood changes, headache, and nausea. Serious side effects are rare but can include cardiovascular events, blood clots, and certain types of cancers. 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

Estradiol may interact with certain medications. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are using contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, dietary supplements, multivitamins, and herbal products, to avoid any adverse effects and potential drug interactions.

Similar drugs to estradiol

Other estrogen hormone replacement therapies similar to estradiol include estrone and estriol.

Sources

  • FDA Prescribing Information for Estradiol
  • MHRA product information for Estradiol
  • NHS UK
  • Drugs.com
  • WebMD

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