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NowPatient offers cost effective access to gentamicin 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 gentamicin?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my gentamicin?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my gentamicin?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does gentamicin cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for gentamicin when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for gentamicin 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 gentamicin and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a gentamicin co-pay program?Is there a gentamicin Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much gentamicin?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is gentamicin?FDA approval of gentamicinActive ingredient of gentamicinUS brand name of gentamicin and manufacturerUK brand name of gentamicin and manufacturerGeneric availability of gentamicinPrescription requirement for gentamicinAvailability of gentamicin in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by gentamicinHow does gentamicin work?Forms of gentamicin availableDosage of gentamicinDirections for gentamicin useSide effects of gentamicinWarnings and contraindicationsDrug interactionsIs gentamicin safe to take if I am pregnant or planning to become pregnant?Is gentamicin safe to take if I am breastfeeding?SourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my gentamicin?

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

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

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 gentamicin cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gentamicin is an antibiotic medication used to treat bacterial infections. It belongs to a class of drugs called aminoglycosides and works by inhibiting the growth and spread of bacteria.

FDA approval of gentamicin

Gentamicin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of various bacterial infections.

Active ingredient of gentamicin

The active ingredient of gentamicin is gentamicin sulfate.

US brand name of gentamicin and manufacturer

Gentamicin is available under different brand names in the United States, including Garamycin, Gentak, and Cidomycin. These brand names are manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of gentamicin and manufacturer

In the United Kingdom, gentamicin is available under various brand names, including genticin and gentamicin sulfate. These brand names are also manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

Generic availability of gentamicin

Gentamicin is available as a generic medication, which means it can be sold under its chemical name, gentamicin, without a specific brand name.

Prescription requirement for gentamicin

Gentamicin is a prescription medication in the United States and the United Kingdom. It is important to consult a healthcare provider who can evaluate your condition and determine if gentamicin is appropriate for you.

Availability of gentamicin in the UK with NHS prescription

Gentamicin is available with a National Health Service (NHS) prescription in the United Kingdom. It can be obtained from pharmacies with a valid prescription from a healthcare professional.

Conditions treated by gentamicin

Gentamicin is an antibiotic medication that is commonly used to treat various bacterial infections. It belongs to a class of drugs called aminoglycoside antibiotics that work by interfering with the growth and reproduction of bacteria. Gentamicin is primarily used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to other antibiotics. It is particularly effective against gram-negative bacteria, including strains of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Some of the common infections that gentamicin is used to treat include:

  • Gentamicin is often prescribed to treat severe cases of urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria
  • It can be used to treat pneumonia, bronchitis, and other respiratory infections caused by susceptible bacteria
  • Gentamicin may be used to treat skin infections, such as cellulitis, caused by certain bacteria
  • It can be administered intravenously to treat serious bloodstream infections, including sepsis, caused by susceptible bacteria
  • Gentamicin can be used as a part of combination therapy to treat bone and joint infections caused by bacteria
  • It may be used in combination with other antibiotics to treat infective endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart gentamicin is not effective against all types of bacteria and should only be used to. It is not effective against viral infections, such as the common cold or flu

How does gentamicin work?

Gentamicin exerts its mechanism of action by inhibiting protein synthesis in bacterial cells. It specifically targets aerobic bacteria, including gram-negative bacteria and acts synergistically against certain gram-positive organisms such as Staphylococcus. Once inside the bacterial cell, gentamicin binds to the 30S ribosomal subunit, which prevents the formation of functional ribosomes. This leads to the inhibition of protein synthesis and ultimately disrupts vital cellular processes necessary for bacterial survival. By interfering with protein synthesis, gentamicin disrupts essential functions within bacterial cells, preventing their growth and proliferation. This makes it effective in treating various infections caused by susceptible bacteria.

Forms of gentamicin available

Gentamicin is available in different forms, including intravenous (IV) injection, topical ointment, and eye/ear drops. The specific form and strength of gentamicin prescribed may depend on the type and severity of the infection. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage and complete the full course of treatment, even if symptoms improve. Regular monitoring may be required to ensure optimal dosing, especially in patients with renal impairment.

Dosage of gentamicin

The dosage of gentamicin may vary depending on various factors, including the type of infection, the patient’s age, and kidney function. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider and complete the full course of treatment.

Directions for gentamicin use

The administration and duration of gentamicin treatment may vary depending on the type and location of the infection. It is important to follow the specific instructions provided by the healthcare provider or the product label.

Side effects of gentamicin

Gentamicin may cause adverse effects, including but not limited to, kidney problems (nephrotoxicity), hearing loss, and allergic reactions. Common side effects may include pain or irritation at the injection site, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any life threatening serious side effects.

Warnings and contraindications

  • Gentamicin should not be used in patients with known allergies or hypersensitivities to aminoglycoside antibiotics. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to gentamicin injections and other aminoglycoside antibiotics such as tobramycin and sulfites
  • Patients with pre-existing kidney disease or hearing impairment should use gentamicin with caution, as it may worsen these conditions
  • Gentamicin should be used with caution in patients with pre-existing kidney disease or hearing impairment, as it may worsen these conditions
  • It is important to follow the recommended dosage and duration of treatment for gentamicin to avoid the development of antibiotic resistance and potential side effects
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history of cystic fibrosis, hearing problems (including deafness, decreased hearing), kidney problems, low blood minerals (including potassium, magnesium, calcium), myasthenia gravis, and pelvic inflammatory disease

Drug interactions

Gentamicin may interact with certain medications, including other antibiotics, diuretics, and muscle relaxants. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking to avoid potential interactions. Here are some potential drug interactions associated with gentamicin:

  • Gentamicin, when used together with diuretics, such as ethacrynic acid and furosemide can increase the risk of kidney damage. It is important to monitor kidney function closely if these medications are used together
  • Medications that are known to cause kidney damage, such as vancomycin or cisplatin, should be used with caution when given along with gentamicin. Combining these drugs can increase the risk of kidney toxicity
  • Gentamicin is known to have ototoxic effects, meaning it can damage the inner ear and cause hearing loss or balance problems. The common symptoms of inner ear damage include tinnitus, hearing loss, vertigo, trouble with coordination, and dizziness

Is gentamicin safe to take if I am pregnant or planning to become pregnant?

Gentamicin is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy when the potential benefits outweigh the risks. However, it is important to discuss with your healthcare provider the use of gentamicin if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Is gentamicin safe to take if I am breastfeeding?

Gentamicin is excreted into breast milk in small amounts. It is generally considered compatible with breastfeeding when used in appropriate doses and for a short duration. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider for individualized recommendations.

Sources

  • FDA Prescribing Information for Gentamicin
  • NHS – Gentamicin
  • WebMD – Gentamicin
  • Drugs.com – Gentamicin
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