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Is the cost of your linezolid 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 linezolid 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 linezolid?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my linezolid?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my linezolid?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does linezolid cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for linezolid when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for linezolid 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 linezolid and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a linezolid co-pay program?Is there a linezolid Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much linezolid?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic linezolid?FDA approval of linezolidActive ingredient of linezolidUS brand name of linezolid and manufacturerUK brand name of linezolid and manufacturerPrescription requirement for linezolidAvailability of linezolid in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by linezolidHow does linezolid Work?Forms of linezolid availableDosage of linezolidDirections for linezolid useWarnings and precautions for linezolidUse of linezolid during pregnancyUse of linezolid while breastfeedingPossible side effects of linezolidSimilar drugs to linezolidSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my linezolid?

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

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

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 linezolid cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic linezolid 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 linezolid

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

Active ingredient of linezolid

The active ingredient of linezolid is linezolid.

US brand name of linezolid and manufacturer

Linezolid is available in the US under the brand name Zyvox. It is manufactured by Pfizer Inc.

UK brand name of linezolid and manufacturer

In the UK, linezolid is available under the brand name Zyvox. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for linezolid

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

Availability of linezolid in the UK with NHS prescription

Linezolid is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by linezolid

Clinical use of linezolid is primarily for the treatment of life-threatening bacterial infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria resistant to other antibiotics. Linezolid is active against vancomycin-resistant enterococci, nosocomial pneumonia, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faeciumStreptococcus, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It is bacteriocidal against most streptococci and bacteriostatic against enterococci and staphylococci. Linezolid therapy is not approved for gram-negative bacteria or catheter-related infections.

How does linezolid Work?

Linezolid belongs to a class of antibacterial medications called synthetic oxazolidinone antimicrobials (oxazolidinone antibiotic). It is also a reversible, non-selective monoamine oxidase (MAOi) inhibitor. It’s mechanism of action is to inhibit the growth of bacteria and prevent the production of proteins necessary for bacterial survival.

Forms of linezolid available

Linezolid is available in the form of oral tablets, oral suspension, and an intravenous (IV) formulation for injection. Due to its rapid and complete absorption when taken orally, linezolid has an oral bioavailability of 100%.

Dosage of linezolid

The dosage of linezolid may vary depending on the specific infection being treated, the severity of the infection, and individual patient factors. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for linezolid use

Linezolid should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The medication can be taken with or without food, but it is important to maintain consistent food intake throughout the treatment period. If linezolid is administered intravenously, it should be done under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Warnings and precautions for linezolid

  • Linezolid should be used with caution in individuals with certain medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease. Dose adjustments may be necessary
  • Drug interactions with certain medications, including pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine. Inform the healthcare provider about all medications, vitamins and supplements being taken
  • Increased risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity if you are taking serotonergic drugs, such as St. John’s wort, SSRIs such as paroxetine, and SNRIs such as duloxetine
  • You are advised to avoid consuming large amounts of foods and drinks containing tyramine while taking linezolid, as it will increase the effects of tyramine
  • Cases of myelosuppression (anemia, leukopenia, and thrombocytopenia) have been reported by the FDA
  • Heart rate, blood glucose, blood pressure, and a weekly complete blood count need to measured while taking linezolid

Use of linezolid during pregnancy

The use of linezolid during pregnancy should be carefully considered, and the potential risks and benefits should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Use of linezolid while breastfeeding

It is unknown whether linezolid passes into breast milk. It is recommended to consult a healthcare provider before using linezolid while breastfeeding.

Possible side effects of linezolid

In clinical trials, common side effects of linezolid may include diarrhea, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Serious adverse effects are rare but can include allergic reactions, extremely high blood pressure, blood disorders such as lactic acidosis, and changes in vision such as optic neuropathy. Promptly report any concerning adverse events to a healthcare provider.

Similar drugs to linezolid

Other antibiotics with similar mechanisms of action or used for similar indications include vancomycin, daptomycin, and tedizolid.

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