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Is the cost of your fenofibrate 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 fenofibrate 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 fenofibrate?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my fenofibrate?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my fenofibrate?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does fenofibrate cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for fenofibrate when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for fenofibrate 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 fenofibrate and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a fenofibrate co-pay program?Is there a fenofibrate Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much fenofibrate?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic fenofibrate?FDA approval of fenofibrateActive ingredient of fenofibrateUS brand names of fenofibrate and manufacturersUK brand names of fenofibrate and manufacturersPrescription requirement for fenofibrateAvailability of fenofibrate in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by fenofibrateHow does fenofibrate work?Forms of fenofibrate availableDosage of fenofibrateDirections for fenofibrate useWarnings and precautions for fenofibrateDrug interactionsUse of fenofibrate during pregnancyUse of fenofibrate while breastfeedingPossible side effects of fenofibrateSimilar drugs to fenofibrateSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my fenofibrate?

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

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

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 fenofibrate cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic fenofibrate 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 fenofibrate

Fenofibrate is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels (fatty acid) in the blood.

Active ingredient of fenofibrate

The active ingredient of fenofibrate is fenofibrate.

US brand names of fenofibrate and manufacturers

Fenofibrate is available under various brand names in the US, including Antara, Tricor, Lofibra, and Lipofen. These medications are manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand names of fenofibrate and manufacturers

In the UK, fenofibrate is available under various brand names, including Lipantil, Fenoglide, and Lipidil. The manufacturers may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for fenofibrate

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

Availability of fenofibrate in the UK with NHS prescription

Fenofibrate is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by fenofibrate

Fenofibrate is primarily used for the treatment of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and high triglyceride levels (hypertriglyceridemia) and mixed dyslipidemia in the blood. It is often prescribed in combination with lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise.

How does fenofibrate work?

Fenofibrate, an approved medication for treating high cholesterol levels, works in the body by affecting lipid metabolism and interacting with liver enzymes. It exerts its mechanism of action through the following:

  • Fenofibrate targets blood lipid levels by reducing triglycerides and increasing HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol)
  • It enhances lipolysis, resulting in decreased VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein)
  • Fenofibrate promotes bile acid synthesis and clearance from the liver
  • It upregulates ApoA-I gene expression to improve HDL function
  • It also helps lower levels of low-density lipoprotein LDL (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol) and total cholesterol

These actions collectively help to regulate lipid metabolism and maintain a healthy balance of cholesterol in the body.

Forms of fenofibrate available

Fenofibrate is available in various forms, including oral tablets and capsules.

Dosage of fenofibrate

The dosage of fenofibrate may vary depending on the specific condition being treated, lipid levels, and individual patient factors. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage instructions and drug information provided by the healthcare provider.

If you accidentally miss a dose of fenofibrate, take it as soon as you remember unless it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Avoid taking double doses to make up for a missed one as this could increase the risk of side effects without providing additional benefit.

Directions for fenofibrate use

Fenofibrate should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. It is usually taken once or twice daily, with or without food. The medication is often prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes dietary modifications and exercise.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Warnings and precautions for fenofibrate

  • Fenofibrate may cause liver or muscle-related problems in some individuals. Regular monitoring of liver function and muscle symptoms is important during treatment
  • If you have mild kidney disease, you may need a lower dose of fenofibrate
  • This drug raises your risk of muscle pain and a serious muscle problem called rhabdomyolysis and myopathy. The risk is higher if you take the drug along with statins such as pravastatin
  • Do not use medications containing fenofibric acid while using fenofibrate

Drug interactions

  • When taken together, fenofibrate and statins can increase the risk of muscle-related side effects such as muscle pain or weakness. It is important to monitor for any signs of discomfort and consult a healthcare professional if experiencing these symptoms
  • Fenofibrate may enhance the effects of anticoagulant medications such as warfarin, increasing the risk of bleeding. Regular monitoring of blood clotting parameters is recommended when using both medications concurrently
  • Inform a healthcare professional about all medications being taken including prescription drugs, over-the-counter meds, and supplements to avoid adverse effects

Use of fenofibrate during pregnancy

The use of fenofibrate during pregnancy should be carefully considered, and the potential risks and benefits should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Use of fenofibrate while breastfeeding

Fenofibrate should be used with caution while breastfeeding. Consultation with a healthcare provider is necessary to evaluate the potential risks and benefits in individual cases.

Possible side effects of fenofibrate

In clinical trials common side effects of fenofibrate may include stomach pain, headache, constipation, muscle pain, and abnormal liver function tests.
Serious side effects:

  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe abdominal pain or yellowing of the skin, or dark urine as these may indicate liver problems
  • Chest pain, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face are signs of a potentially serious allergic reaction to fenofibrate

Similar drugs to fenofibrate

Other medications used to treat high cholesterol and triglyceride levels include statins, such as atorvastatin and simvastatin, and other fibrates, such as gemfibrozil.

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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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