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Is the cost of your lamotrigine 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 lamotrigine 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 lamotrigine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my lamotrigine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my lamotrigine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does lamotrigine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for lamotrigine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for lamotrigine 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 lamotrigine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a lamotrigine co-pay program?Is there a lamotrigine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much lamotrigine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?US brand name of lamotrigine and manufacturerUK brand name of lamotrigine and manufacturerAvailability of lamotrigineFDA approval of lamotrigineMechanism of actionUses of lamotrigineDosage of lamotrigineForms of lamotrigineIs it safe to take lamotrigine if I am pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?Is lamotrigine safe to use while breastfeeding?Interactions with other drugsSide effects of lamotrigineWarnings and precautions for lamotrigineSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my lamotrigine?

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

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

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 lamotrigine cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using lamotrigine. 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 lamotrigine. 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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US brand name of lamotrigine and manufacturer

Lamotrigine is available in the US under the brand name Lamictal, which is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

UK brand name of lamotrigine and manufacturer

Lamotrigine is available in the UK under various brand names, including Lamictal (manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline) and lamotrigine (manufactured by various generic manufacturers).

Availability of lamotrigine

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

FDA approval of lamotrigine

Lamotrigine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder.

Mechanism of action

Lamotrigine belongs to a class of medications known as anticonvulsants. It works by stabilizing the electrical activity in the brain and reducing the abnormal excitement that can cause seizures.

Uses of lamotrigine

Lamotrigine is primarily used for the treatment of epilepsy. It can be prescribed as a monotherapy (alone) or as an adjunctive therapy (in combination with other antiepileptic drugs) for various types of seizures. Additionally, Lamotrigine is also approved for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder to delay the occurrence of mood episodes.

Dosage of lamotrigine

Your dose of Lamotrigine may vary depending on your condition, age, and response to treatment. It is important to follow the medication guide provided by your caregiver. Typically, Lamotrigine is available in the following dosages:

  • Tablets: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg

Dosage instructions may vary, so it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional for the appropriate dosage for your condition.

Forms of lamotrigine

Lamotrigine is available in different forms for oral administration, including:

  • Tablets: Lamotrigine tablets are available in various strengths, such as 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, and 200 mg
  • Chewable tablets: Lamotrigine chewable dispersible tablets are available in strengths of 2 mg, 5 mg, and 25 mg. These tablets can be chewed or dissolved in a small amount of water before swallowing
  • Extended-release tablets: Lamotrigine extended-release tablets are designed to release the medication slowly over time, allowing for once-daily dosing. They are available in strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg, and 300 mg
  • Orally disintegrating Tablets: Lamotrigine orally disintegrating tablets are designed to dissolve quickly in the mouth without the need for water. They are available in strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, and 200 mg

It is important to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider and the directions on the prescription label when taking Lamotrigine in any form. If you have any questions or concerns about the appropriate form of Lamotrigine for your condition, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for guidance.

Is it safe to take lamotrigine 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 lamotrigine. They will evaluate the potential risks and benefits and make a recommendation based on your individual circumstances. Lamotrigine may be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Is lamotrigine safe to use while breastfeeding?

Lamotrigine can pass into breast milk, but the amount is usually minimal. It is important to consult your healthcare provider before using lamotrigine while breastfeeding. They can provide guidance based on the specific situation and advise you on the potential risks and benefits.

Interactions with other drugs

Lamotrigine may have drug interactions with certain medications, including hormonal contraceptives, valproic acid, ritonavir, rifampin, primidone, phenytoin, phenobarbital, and carbamazepine, among others. Inform your healthcare provider about all the medications, supplements, or herbal products you are taking to avoid potential interactions.

Side effects of lamotrigine

Common side effects of lamotrigine may include headache, dizziness, blurred vision or double vision, drowsiness, changes in your heart rhythm, nausea, and rash. Too much lamotrigine when starting treatment may cause an increased risk for serious side effects such as life-threatening skin rash.

Call your doctor at once if you have muscle pain, swollen glands, unusual bruising or bleeding, headaches, yellowing of your eyes or skin, stiff neck, confusion, vomiting, increased light sensitivity, chest pain, hives, or any other severe or persistent adverse effects.

Warnings and precautions for lamotrigine

Speak to your doctor before starting treatment if you:

  • Have had a rash or allergic reaction after using any another seizure medication
  • Have kidney or liver disease
  • Suffer with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental health issues

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NowPatient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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