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Is the cost of your fluticasone 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 fluticasone 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 fluticasone?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my fluticasone?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my fluticasone?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does fluticasone cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for fluticasone when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for fluticasone 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 fluticasone and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a fluticasone co-pay program?Is there a fluticasone Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much fluticasone?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic fluticasone?FDA approval of fluticasoneActive ingredient of fluticasoneUS brand name of fluticasone and manufacturerUK brand name of fluticasone and manufacturerPrescription requirement for fluticasoneAvailability of fluticasone in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by fluticasoneHow does fluticasone work?Forms of fluticasone availableDosage of fluticasoneDirections for fluticasone useWarnings and precautions for fluticasoneUse of fluticasone if pregnant or planning pregnancyPossible side effects of fluticasoneSimilar drugs to fluticasoneSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my fluticasone?

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

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

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 fluticasone cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic fluticasone 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 fluticasone

Fluticasone is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of various inflammatory conditions, including allergic rhinitis, asthma, and certain skin disorders.

Active ingredient of fluticasone

The active ingredient of fluticasone is fluticasone propionate.

US brand name of fluticasone and manufacturer

Fluticasone is available in the US under various brand names, including Flonase and Flovent. The manufacturers may vary depending on the brand names.

UK brand name of fluticasone and manufacturer

In the UK, fluticasone is available under various brand names, including Flixonase and Avamys. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for fluticasone

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

Availability of fluticasone in the UK with NHS prescription

Fluticasone is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by fluticasone

Fluticasone is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids. It is primarily used as an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant agent. Fluticasone is commonly prescribed for the treatment of various conditions such as asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), and nasal polyps. It may also be prescribed for certain skin disorders, such as eczema.

How does fluticasone work?

Fluticasone is a corticosteroid medication that works by reducing inflammation in the body. It helps to relieve symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis and asthma by decreasing the swelling and irritation in the airways and nasal passages.

In the form of a nasal spray, fluticasone helps to alleviate allergy symptoms of allergic rhinitis, including nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, and sinus pressure. It works by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages, thereby relieving these symptoms.

Fluticasone is also available in an inhalation form for the treatment of asthma. By reducing inflammation in the airways, it helps to prevent and control asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. It is typically used as a long-term maintenance medication to manage asthma and may be combined with other asthma medications if necessary.

Forms of fluticasone available

Fluticasone is available in various forms, including intranasal, inhaled and topical preparations.

Dosage of fluticasone

The dosage of fluticasone may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the form of the medication. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Directions for fluticasone use

Fluticasone should be used exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The specific instructions may include the frequency of use, proper administration technique, and any necessary precautions.

The specific instructions for taking fluticasone may vary depending on the form and the condition being treated, but here are some general guidelines:

  • If you are using fluticasone nasal spray for allergic rhinitis, the usual recommended dose for adults and children over the age of 4 is usually one or two sprays in each nostril once daily. However, it’s always best to follow the specific instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist. Before using the nasal spray, shake the bottle gently, remove the cap, and prime the pump by spraying it a few times into the air until a fine mist is seen. Then, tilt your head slightly forward, insert the nozzle into one nostril, and press down on the pump while breathing in through your nose. Repeat the process for the other nostril
  • Inhaler: When using fluticasone inhalers for asthma, it is important to follow the prescribed dosage and administration technique provided by your healthcare professional. Typically, the inhaler is used on a regular schedule, usually once or twice a day, as directed by your doctor. Before using the inhaler, shake it well, breathe out fully, place the mouthpiece between your teeth without biting it, and close your lips around it. Then, inhale deeply and forcefully through your mouth, pressing down on the canister to release a dose of medication. Hold your breath for a few seconds, remove the inhaler from your mouth, and exhale slowly. Remember to rinse your mouth with water and spit it out after each use to prevent any potential side effects such as oral thrush
  • Cream: If you are using fluticasone cream for skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, it is important to apply it as directed by your healthcare professional. Wash and dry the affected area before applying a thin layer of cream, gently rubbing it in until it is absorbed. Avoid applying the cream to open wounds or broken skin. Wash your hands thoroughly after application

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess light, heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Warnings and precautions for fluticasone

  • Fluticasone may have certain risks and potential side effects. Discussing these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication is important
  • Fluticasone may interact with other medications, so it is important to inform a healthcare professional about all the medications being taken; prescription and nonprescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products

Use of fluticasone if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of fluticasone during pregnancy should be discussed with a healthcare provider. The potential benefits and risks should be evaluated on an individual basis.

Possible side effects of fluticasone

Common side effects of taking fluticasone nasal spray include:

  • Dryness or irritation: Some individuals may experience dryness or irritation in the nose, throat, or mouth. This can lead to discomfort, a sore throat, or a hoarse voice. Rinsing the mouth after using the nasal spray may help alleviate these symptoms
  • Nosebleeds: Fluticasone can cause occasional nosebleeds, especially if the nasal spray is not used correctly. Proper techniques, like directing the spray away from the nasal septum, can reduce the risk of nosebleeds

Less common, but more serious side effects of fluticasone include:

  • Allergic reactions: Although rare, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to fluticasone. Signs of an allergic reaction can include hives, itching, rash, swelling (especially of the face or throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing, or a fast heartbeat. If any of these symptoms occur, seek immediate medical attention
  • Glaucoma: Fluticasone can increase the pressure in the eyes, potentially leading to glaucoma. This is more likely to occur in individuals with a family history of glaucoma. Regular eye exams should be scheduled for those using fluticasone long-term, to monitor eye health
  • Cataracts: Prolonged use of fluticasone can increase the risk of developing cataracts, which is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Regular eye exams are important to detect any changes in vision or the development of cataracts
  • Adrenal suppression: Fluticasone can suppress the production of natural steroids in the body, leading to adrenal suppression. This can result in symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, weight loss, nausea, and low blood pressure. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage and consult a healthcare professional before stopping or changing the medication
  • Growth suppression in children: Long-term use of inhaled corticosteroids in children may potentially affect their growth. Regular monitoring of height and weight is recommended for children using fluticasone long-term

Similar drugs to fluticasone

Other corticosteroid medications, such as budesonide and mometasone, may be used as alternatives for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma.

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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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