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Is the cost of your hydroxyzine 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 hydroxyzine 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 hydroxyzine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my hydroxyzine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my hydroxyzine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does hydroxyzine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for hydroxyzine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for hydroxyzine 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 hydroxyzine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a hydroxyzine co-pay program?Is there a hydroxyzine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much hydroxyzine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic hydroxyzine?FDA approval of hydroxyzineActive ingredient of hydroxyzineUS brand name of hydroxyzine and manufacturerUK brand name of hydroxyzine and manufacturerPrescription requirement for hydroxyzineAvailability of hydroxyzine in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by hydroxyzineHow does hydroxyzine work?Forms of hydroxyzine availableDosage of hydroxyzineDirections for hydroxyzine useWarnings and precautions for hydroxyzineDrug interactionsUse of hydroxyzine during pregnancy and breastfeedingPossible side effects of hydroxyzineSimilar drugs to hydroxyzineSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my hydroxyzine?

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

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

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 hydroxyzine cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic hydroxyzine 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 hydroxyzine

Hydroxyzine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of anxiety, itching, and other conditions.

Active ingredient of hydroxyzine

The active ingredient of hydroxyzine is hydroxyzine hydrochloride.

US brand name of hydroxyzine and manufacturer

Hydroxyzine is available in the US under various brand names, including Vistaril and Atarax. It is manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of hydroxyzine and manufacturer

In the UK, hydroxyzine is available under various brand names, including Atarax. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for hydroxyzine

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

Availability of hydroxyzine in the UK with NHS prescription

Hydroxyzine is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by hydroxyzine

Hydroxyzine is used for the treatment of anxiety, tension, and pruritus (itching). It can also be used as a sedative, an antihistamine, and for the prevention and control of nausea and vomiting.

One of the main uses of hydroxyzine is to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and tension. It helps to calm the mind and reduce feelings of restlessness, making it an effective treatment for individuals with anxiety disorders. It can also be prescribed to help manage symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

In addition to its anxiolytic properties, hydroxyzine is commonly used to relieve allergic reactions such as itching, hives (urticaria) and skin rashes. It acts by blocking the release of histamine, a substance that triggers allergic reactions in the body. By reducing the release of histamine, hydroxyzine can help alleviate these symptoms and provide relief to individuals suffering from allergies.

Furthermore, hydroxyzine can be prescribed as a sedative to treat insomnia, a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. By promoting relaxation and drowsiness, hydroxyzine can aid in initiating and maintaining sleep, allowing individuals to experience a restful night.

How does hydroxyzine work?

Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine that works by blocking the action of histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic reactions. By blocking histamine, hydroxyzine helps to relieve symptoms such as itching, redness, and swelling. It also has sedative properties that can help with anxiety and promote relaxation.

Forms of hydroxyzine available

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

Dosage of hydroxyzine

The dosage of hydroxyzine may vary depending on the individual’s condition, medical history, and response to the medication. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider. If you miss a dose of hydroxyzine take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Directions for hydroxyzine use

Hydroxyzine should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The medication is usually taken orally, with or without food. It is important to swallow the tablets or capsules whole and avoid crushing or chewing them. Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Warnings and precautions for hydroxyzine

  • Use caution when driving or operating machinery, as hydroxyzine may cause drowsiness or impair coordination
  • Hydroxyzine is very similar to cetirizine and levocetirizine. Do not use these medications while using hydroxyzine
  • Allergic reactions to hydroxyzine can range from mild skin reactions to severe symptoms like trouble breathing, swelling of the face, lips, or throat, and anaphylaxis. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional if you have a history of hypersensitivity to any medications before using hydroxyzine
  • Hydroxyzine can potentially prolong the QT interval, which is the time taken for the heart to recharge between beats. If an individual has a history of QT prolongation a condition that affects the heart’s electrical activity, the use of hydroxyzine may increase the risk of developing a potentially life-threatening irregular heart rhythm. Patients with this condition or family history should avoid hydroxyzine or use it with extreme caution under the close supervision of a healthcare professional
  • Use with caution in people with a history of low blood levels of potassium or magnesium
  • Hydroxyzine can cause an increase in intraocular pressure and worsen the symptoms of glaucoma, a condition characterized by increased pressure within the eye. Individuals with glaucoma should exercise caution when using hydroxyzine and discuss the risks and benefits with their eye specialist
  • Hydroxyzine has anticholinergic effects, which means it can interfere with normal bladder function and potentially cause urinary retention. Individuals with a history of urinary retention or bladder outlet obstruction should use hydroxyzine with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional

Drug interactions

Some medications that may interact with hydroxyzine include:

  • Central nervous system (CNS) depressants: Hydroxyzine has sedative properties, and combining it with other medications that have similar effects, such as opioids, benzodiazepines, or barbiturates, may increase drowsiness and impair mental alertness
  • Anticholinergic medications: Hydroxyzine has anticholinergic effects, meaning it can interfere with certain nerve signals in the body. Taking hydroxyzine alongside medications that also have anticholinergic properties, like some antidepressants, antihistamines, or muscle relaxants, may increase the risk of side effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, and urinary retention
  • QT-prolonging medications: Some medications can prolong the QT interval in the heart’s electrical activity, potentially leading to a life-threatening heart rhythm known as torsades de pointes. Hydroxyzine has the potential to prolong the QT interval as well. Therefore, taking hydroxyzine with other medications that can also prolong the QT interval, such as certain antibiotics, antipsychotics, and antiarrhythmics, may increase the risk of developing this serious heart condition
  • Combining hydroxyzine with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), which are a type of antidepressant medication, can increase the risk of serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition characterized by symptoms such as confusion, agitation, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, dilated pupils, and muscle stiffness

It is crucial to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and vitamins, to ensure that they can assess any potential interactions with hydroxyzine. They can then make appropriate adjustments to your medication regimen to minimize the risk of adverse effects and provide medical advice.

Use of hydroxyzine during pregnancy and breastfeeding

The use of hydroxyzine during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be carefully considered, and the potential risks and benefits should be discussed with a healthcare provider. Hydroxyzine should only be used if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Possible side effects of hydroxyzine

Common side effects of hydroxyzine may include drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, and blurred vision. Serious side effects are possible but less common. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider to seek medical attention immediately.

Similar drugs to hydroxyzine

Other antihistamine medications used for the treatment of allergies, itching, and anxiety include cetirizine, loratadine, and diphenhydramine.

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