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

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

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

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 irbesartan cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic irbesartan 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 irbesartan

Irbesartan is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and to delay the progression of diabetic nephropathy in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Active ingredient of irbesartan

The active ingredient of irbesartan is irbesartan.

US brand name of irbesartan and manufacturer

Irbesartan is available in the US under the brand name Avapro. It is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC.

UK brand name of irbesartan and manufacturer

In the UK, irbesartan is available under various brand names, including Aprovel and generic versions. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for irbesartan

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

Availability of irbesartan in the UK with NHS prescription

Irbesartan is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by irbesartan

Irbesartan is an antihypertensive agent used for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure and to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in certain individuals with heart disease. It may also be used to treat diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease in patients with diabetes and high blood pressure). It may be used in combination with hydrochlorothiazide (Avalide).

How does irbesartan work?

Irbesartan belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). It works by blocking the action of a hormone called angiotensin II, which constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure. By blocking angiotensin II, irbesartan helps to relax and widen the blood vessels, reducing blood pressure.

Forms of irbesartan available

Irbesartan is available in the form of oral tablets.

Dosage of irbesartan

The dose of irbesartan 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 a healthcare professional.

Directions for irbesartan use

Irbesartan should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The tablets are usually taken orally, with or without food. It is important to swallow the tablets whole and avoid crushing or chewing them.

Warnings and precautions for irbesartan

  • Irbesartan may cause certain side effects, including dizziness, low blood pressure, and allergic reactions. It may also have interactions with other medications. Inform the healthcare provider about all medications being taken
  • Use caution when driving or operating machinery, as irbesartan may cause dizziness or lightheadedness

Use of irbesartan during pregnancy and breastfeeding

The use of irbesartan during pregnancy is not recommended, especially during the second and third trimesters, as it may cause harm to the unborn baby. It should be avoided in breastfeeding mothers as well.

Possible side effects of irbesartan

In clinical trials common side effects of irbesartan may include dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, joint and back pain, fatigue, cough, hypotension, renal dysfunction, and high potassium levels (hyperkalemia). If these adverse events persist or worsen, it is important to contact a healthcare provider. Get medical help right away if you have a serious side effects such as an allergic reaction. Symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, worsening shortness of breath, sore throat, chest pain, swelling of the face, tongue or throat, skin rash, blisters, and serious skin reactions.

Interactions with other drugs

Irbesartan may interact with other medications, including aliskiren, lithium, beta blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACEinhibitors) inhibitors such as captopril, enalapril, and lisinopril, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen, diuretics such as amiloride, other medications to treat high blood pressure such as amlodipine, potassium supplements, and ritonavir. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter nonprescription medications, salt substitutes, herbal products, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential adverse effects and drug interactions.

Similar drugs to irbesartan

Other angiotensin II receptor antagonists used for the treatment of hypertension include losartan, valsartan, and candesartan.

Sources

  • FDA Prescribing Information for Irbesartan
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