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NowPatient offers cost effective access to famotidine 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 famotidine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my famotidine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my famotidine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does famotidine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for famotidine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for famotidine 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 famotidine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a famotidine co-pay program?Is there a famotidine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much famotidine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?US brand name of famotidine and manufacturerUK brand name of famotidine and manufacturerIs famotidine available in the UK on the NHS?Prescription requirement for famotidineFDA approval of famotidineActive ingredient of famotidine and mechanism of actionUses of famotidineForms of famotidineDosage of famotidinePrecautions and warnings for famotidineSide effects of famotidineDrug interactions Similar drugs to famotidineSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my famotidine?

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

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

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 famotidine cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using famotidine. 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 famotidine. 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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US brand name of famotidine and manufacturer

Famotidine is available in the US under various brand names, including Pepcid and Fluxid. It is manufactured by multiple pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of famotidine and manufacturer

Famotidine is available in the UK under the brand name Pepcid. It is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

Is famotidine available in the UK on the NHS?

Yes, famotidine is available on the NHS in the UK. It can be prescribed by healthcare professionals for eligible patients.

Prescription requirement for famotidine

In the US, famotidine is available both as a prescription medication and an over-the-counter (OTC) product. The prescription requirement may vary depending on the specific formulation and strength. Higher strengths of famotidine usually require a prescription.

FDA approval of famotidine

Famotidine has received FDA approval for the treatment of various conditions, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, and pathological hypersecretory conditions.

Active ingredient of famotidine and mechanism of action

Famotidine belongs to a class of medications known as histamine-2 (H2) or H2 blockers. It is an H2 receptor antagonist, which means it works by blocking the action of histamine on specific receptors in the stomach. This reduces gastric acid secretion and helps relieve symptoms such as heartburn and acid indigestion.

By inhibiting gastric acid secretion, famotidine plays a crucial role in reducing the production of excess stomach acid. This can help prevent and treat conditions like stomach ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), providing relief from symptoms such as vomiting, dry mouth, and discomfort.

Famotidine specifically targets histamine receptors in the stomach to decrease their activation. As a result, it reduces gastric acid secretion and alleviates symptoms related to excessive acidity in the digestive system. Its effectiveness makes it a popular medication for individuals experiencing various gastrointestinal issues.

Uses of famotidine

Treatment options for stomach ulcers using famotidine: Famotidine is an effective medication for treating stomach ulcers (sores on the lining of the stomach or small intestine) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. By reducing the amount of acid, it helps to heal and prevent further damage to the ulcers.

Famotidine for GERD – How it helps in managing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Famotidine is commonly prescribed to manage GERD symptoms such as heartburn and acid reflux. It works by blocking the H2 receptors in the stomach, which reduces the production of stomach acid and alleviates symptoms associated with GERD. Additionally, famotidine can help prevent complications such as inflammation or damage to the esophagus caused by excessive exposure to stomach acid.

Forms of famotidine

Famotidine is available in various forms, including oral tablets, oral suspension, and injection. The specific form and strength will depend on the intended use and the formulation of the medication.

Dosage of famotidine

The dosage of famotidine will vary depending on the specific condition being treated, individual patient characteristics, and response to therapy. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the directions on the product label for OTC famotidine.

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.

Precautions and warnings for famotidine

  • Famotidine may interact with other medications. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions
  • Famotidine may cause certain side effects, such as headache, dizziness, constipation, and diarrhea. If you experience severe or persistent side effects, contact your healthcare provider
  • Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as kidney problems or a history of stomach cancer, may need special consideration and monitoring when taking famotidine. Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider
  • Famotidine should be taken as prescribed and not exceed the recommended dosage
  • Consult a healthcare professional before using famotidine if you have a history of stomach ulcers, or kidney disease, or are pregnant or breastfeeding

Please note that these precautions are not exhaustive and it is important to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice, based on your specific medical condition and needs.

Side effects of famotidine

Famotidine may cause side effects in some individuals. Common possible side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rash or allergic reactions

It is important to exercise caution if experiencing persistent or serious side effects while taking this medication. If any side effects become concerning or worsen over time, it is recommended to seek medical attention promptly.

Drug interactions 

Famotidine may interact with certain medications or substances such as antacids, sucralfate, ketoconazole, and iron supplements. These interactions can affect the absorption or effectiveness of either medication, so it is important to consult with your doctor before combining them.

Famotidine has been found to interact with a range of drugs including diazepam (used for anxiety), warfarin (a blood thinner), phenytoin (an anti-seizure medication), and metoprolol (a beta-blocker). It is essential to discuss all prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications you are taking in order to avoid any adverse effects or reduced efficacy.

Similar drugs to famotidine

Overall, if you are looking for other drugs similar to famotidine, options such as ranitidine, cimetidine, nizatidine, and omeprazole may be worth discussing with your healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for your specific condition.

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NowPatient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

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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