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NowPatient offers cost effective access to gemfibrozil 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 gemfibrozil?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my gemfibrozil?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my gemfibrozil?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does gemfibrozil cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for gemfibrozil when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for gemfibrozil 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 gemfibrozil and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a gemfibrozil co-pay program?Is there a gemfibrozil Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much gemfibrozil?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic gemfibrozil?US brand name of gemfibrozil and manufacturerUK brand name of gemfibrozil and manufacturerPrescription requirement for gemfibrozilFDA approval of gemfibrozilIs gemfibrozil available in the UK on NHS?Mechanism of actionUses of gemfibrozilDosage of gemfibrozilForms of gemfibrozilPrecautions and warnings for gemfibrozilSide effects of gemfibrozilDrug interactions with other drugsSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my gemfibrozil?

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

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

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 gemfibrozil cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

US brand name of gemfibrozil and manufacturer

Gemfibrozil is available in the US under the brand name Lopid(https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2018/018579s036lbl.pdf). It is manufactured by Pfizer Inc.

UK brand name of gemfibrozil and manufacturer

Gemfibrozil is available in the UK as a generic.

Prescription requirement for gemfibrozil

Gemfibrozil is a prescription medication in both the US and the UK. It requires a prescription (Rx) from a healthcare provider.

FDA approval of gemfibrozil

Gemfibrozil has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of certain types of high cholesterol, including hypertriglyceridemia.

Is gemfibrozil available in the UK on NHS?

Gemfibrozil is used in the UK for the treatment of high cholesterol. It is available from the NHS with a prescription.

Mechanism of action

Gemfibrozil belongs to a class of medications known as fibrates. It works by reducing the production of triglycerides in the liver and increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, often referred to as good cholesterol.

Uses of gemfibrozil

Gemfibrozil is a medication that is primarily used to treat high levels of triglycerides in the blood. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood, high levels can increase the risk of heart disease and pancreatitis. Gemfibrozil works by reducing the production of triglycerides in the liver and increasing the breakdown of triglycerides in the blood. It is often prescribed alongside lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, to help lower triglyceride levels. Additionally, gemfibrozil may also be used to increase levels of HDL cholesterol, commonly referred to as “good” cholesterol in individuals with low levels. However, it is important to note that gemfibrozil is not effective in treating low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is often referred to as “bad” cholesterol. Overall, gemfibrozil is primarily used to manage high levels of triglycerides in the blood and improve overall cardiovascular health.

Dosage of gemfibrozil

The dosage of gemfibrozil will vary depending on the individual condition, response to the medication, and other factors. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider. The medication is typically taken orally in tablet form and should be taken 30 minutes before your morning and evening meals. If you miss a dose, take gemfibrozil 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.  Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Forms of gemfibrozil

Gemfibrozil is available in oral tablet form.

Precautions and warnings for gemfibrozil

  • Gemfibrozil should be used with caution in individuals with a history of liver disease, kidney disease and gallbladder disease
  • It is important to follow your healthcare professional instructions regarding the use of gemfibrozil and to undergo regular monitoring of liver function tests
  • Gemfibrozil may interact with certain medications, including statins, blood thinners, and certain heart medications. Inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking
  • Discuss with your healthcare provider if you are a pregnant woman, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding before using gemfibrozil. The use of gemfibrozil during pregnancy or breastfeeding should be carefully evaluated, as it may carry certain risks

Side effects of gemfibrozil

Common side effects of gemfibrozil may include stomach upset, abdominal pain, diarrhea, muscle pain, and increased liver enzyme levels. Reporting any persistent or serious side effects to your healthcare provider is important. Here are some of the common side effects associated with gemfibrozil:

  • The most common side effects of gemfibrozil is an upset stomach, which may cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. These symptoms are usually mild and temporary, but if they persist or worsen, it is important to consult a healthcare professional
  • Gemfibrozil has been known to cause muscle-related side effects, such as muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. In rare cases, it can lead to a severe condition called rhabdomyolysis, which can cause muscle breakdown and kidney damage. If you experience any unexplained muscle pain or weakness, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately
  • Gemfibrozil may affect liver function, leading to abnormal liver enzyme levels. Regular liver function tests are usually recommended for individuals taking this medication. If you experience symptoms like yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, or persistent fatigue, contact your healthcare provider promptly
  • In rare cases, gemfibrozil can cause allergic reactions. Symptoms may include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately
  • Gemfibrozil may increase the risk of developing gallstones in some individuals. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting. If you experience these symptoms, it is important to consult a healthcare professional

Drug interactions with other drugs

Here are some common medications that interact with gemfibrozil:

  • Gemfibrozil can increase the levels of statin (such as simvastatin, atorvastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, lovastatin, and fluvastatin) in the blood, leading to an increased risk of muscle-related side effects such as muscle pain, weakness, and breakdown. It is generally recommended to avoid using gemfibrozil with statins unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks and alternative therapies are not suitable
  • Gemfibrozil can enhance the effect of warfarin, an anticoagulant (blood thinner), leading to an increased risk of bleeding. Close monitoring of blood clotting time is necessary when gemfibrozil and warfarin are used concurrently, and adjustment of warfarin dosage may be required
  • Gemfibrozil can increase the concentration of certain oral antidiabetic agents, such as repaglinide, leading to an increased risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Dose adjustments and close monitoring of blood sugar levels are necessary when gemfibrozil is used with these medications
  • Gemfibrozil can increase the concentration of cyclosporine, an immunosuppressant used after organ transplantation. Close monitoring of cyclosporine levels and potential adjustment of cyclosporine dosage are necessary when gemfibrozil and cyclosporine are used together
  • Gemfibrozil can increase the levels of colchicine usp, a medication used to treat gout, leading to an increased risk of colchicine usp toxicity. It is generally recommended to avoid using gemfibrozil with colchicine usp unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks and alternative therapies are not suitable
  • Gemfibrozil can increase the levels of ezetimibe, a medication used to lower cholesterol absorption, leading to an increased risk of side effects. Close monitoring for ezetimibe-related side effects is necessary when gemfibrozil and ezetimibe are used together

It is important to inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about all prescription drugs including over-the-counter meds and supplements you are taking to avoid any potential interactions.

Sources

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • WebMD
  • Drugs.com
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