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NowPatient offers cost effective access to granisetron 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 granisetron?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my granisetron?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my granisetron?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does granisetron cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for granisetron when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for granisetron 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 granisetron and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a granisetron co-pay program?Is there a granisetron Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much granisetron?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic granisetron?US brand name of granisetron and manufacturerUK brand name of granisetron and manufacturerAvailability of granisetronIs granisetron available in the UK on NHS?FDA approval of granisetronMechanism of actionUses of granisetronDosage of granisetronIs it safe to take granisetron if I am pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?Is granisetron safe to use while breastfeeding?Warnings and precautions for granisetronDrug interactions Side effects of granisetronSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my granisetron?

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

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

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 granisetron cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

US brand name of granisetron and manufacturer

Granisetron is available in the US under various brand names, including Kytril (manufactured by Genentech, Inc.) and Sancuso (manufactured by ProStrakan, Inc.).

UK brand name of granisetron and manufacturer

Granisetron is available in the UK under various brand names, including Kytril (manufactured by Genentech, Inc.) and Sancuso (manufactured by ProStrakan, Inc.).

Availability of granisetron

Granisetron is available by prescription only in both the US and the UK.

Is granisetron available in the UK on NHS?

Yes, granisetron is available in the UK with an NHS prescription. It is prescribed for the prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy in cancer patients.

FDA approval of granisetron

Granisetron has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Mechanism of action

Granisetron is a medication used as an antiemetic to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy or radiation therapy. It belongs to a class of drugs called serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonists, which work by blocking the actions of serotonin receptors in the brain. This helps to prevent nausea and vomiting during cancer treatment.

Uses of granisetron

Granisetron is primarily used to prevent and treat chemotherapy-induced nausea from radiation therapy in cancer patients. It may also be used off-label for other conditions as determined by your healthcare provider.

Dosage of granisetron

The dosage of granisetron may vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the individual’s response, and other factors. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Typically, granisetron is available in the following dosages:

  • Oral tablets: 1 mg or 2 mg
  • Oral solution: 2 mg/10 mL

Dosage instructions may vary, so it is crucial to consult your healthcare provider for the appropriate dosage for your condition. Store granisetron at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep it out of the reach of children.

Is it safe to take granisetron if I am pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?

It is important to discuss your pregnancy plans or current pregnancy status with your healthcare provider before taking granisetron. They will evaluate the potential risks and benefits and make a recommendation based on your individual circumstances.

Is granisetron safe to use while breastfeeding?

Granisetron may pass into breast milk, so it is essential to consult your healthcare provider before using granisetron while breastfeeding. They can provide guidance based on the specific situation and advise you on the potential risks and benefits.

Warnings and precautions for granisetron

There are some precautions you should be aware of when taking granisetron. Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

  • Before taking granisetron, it is essential to inform your healthcare provider about your medical history, especially if you have any liver or kidney problems. Granisetron is primarily eliminated from the body through these organs, so any impairment could affect its effectiveness or cause adverse effects
  • If you have known allergies to granisetron or any other similar medications, it is crucial to inform your doctor. Allergic reactions can include symptoms like rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or difficulty breathing, which may require immediate medical attention
  • Inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and herbal supplements. Certain medications may interact with granisetron, potentially increasing the risk of side effects or reducing its effectiveness
  • It is important to discuss with your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. The safety of granisetron during pregnancy and lactation has not been fully established, so the potential benefits and risks should be evaluated before use
  • Consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking this medication is contraindicated, as it may increase the concentration of granisetron in your blood and potentially lead to side effects

Drug interactions 

There are potential drug interactions to consider when taking granisetron. It is important to inform your healthcare professional about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins.

  • Taking granisetron with certain antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), may increase the risk of a rare but serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Examples include chlorpromazine, and citalopram. Symptoms of serotonin syndrome include agitation, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, fever, muscle stiffness, tremors, and loss of coordination
  • Another potential interaction is with drugs that prolong the QT interval or a measurement of the heart’s electrical activity. Taking granisetron with these medications may increase the risk of an irregular heartbeat or heart rhythm. Some examples of QT-prolongation drugs include amiodarone, dofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), among others
  • Granisetron may interact with medications that are metabolized by specific liver enzymes. This can either increase or decrease the levels of those medications in the body, potentially leading to altered effects or increased side effects

It is crucial to consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist to determine if any of the medications you are taking may interact with granisetron. They can provide personalized advice and guidance based on your specific situation and medical history.

Side effects of granisetron

In clinical trials common side effects of granisetron may include headache, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, dizziness, and drowsiness. These side effects are usually mild and temporary, and they often improve as your body adjusts to the medication. However, if these side effects persist or worsen, it is important to inform your doctor.

In some cases, granisetron can cause more severe side effects that require immediate medical attention. These rare but serious side effects may include a fast or irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness or fainting, chest pain, severe allergic reactions (rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing), and serotonin syndrome (symptoms may include agitation, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, fever, muscle stiffness or twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea).

It is important to note that not everyone experiences these side effects, and many people take granisetron without any problems. Your healthcare provider will consider the potential benefits and risks of the medication before prescribing it to you. They will also monitor your progress and adjust the dosage if necessary.

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