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Is the cost of your loperamide 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 loperamide 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 loperamide?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my loperamide?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my loperamide?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does loperamide cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for loperamide when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for loperamide 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 loperamide and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a loperamide co-pay program?Is there a loperamide Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much loperamide?What are the benefits of NowPatient?FDA approval of loperamideUS brand name of loperamideUK brand name of loperamideConditions treated by loperamideAvailability of loperamideNHS prescription (UK) for loperamideMechanism of actionWarnings and precautions for loperamideIs it safe with breastfeeding?Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?Interactions with other drugsSide effects of loperamideDosage of loperamideSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my loperamide?

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

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

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 loperamide cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using loperamide. 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 loperamide. 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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FDA approval of loperamide

Loperamide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the control and symptomatic relief of acute nonspecific diarrhea and chronic diarrhea associated with inflammatory bowel disease.

US brand name of loperamide

Loperamide is available under various brand names, including Imodium, Anti-Diarrheal, and Diamode. These brands are manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of loperamide

In the UK, loperamide is available under the brand name Imodium. This brand is manufactured by a specific pharmaceutical company.

Conditions treated by loperamide

Loperamide hydrochloride is used for the treatment of acute diarrhea, including traveler’s diarrhea. Loperamide slows gastrointestinal motility, reducing bowel movements and making the stools less watery. Loperamide also reduces the amount of discharge in those who have an ileostomy, and on-going diarrhoea in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Availability of loperamide

Loperamide is available over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription. It is available as an oral capsule, liquid, suspension, tablet, or chewable tablet. Store loperamide at room temperature away from light and moisture. Keep away from children and pets.

NHS prescription (UK) for loperamide

Loperamide is available for purchase directly from pharmacies or retail stores without an NHS prescription in the UK.

Mechanism of action

Loperamide acts on mu-opioid receptors in the gut. Loperamide works by slowing down the movement of the intestines, which helps to reduce the frequency and urgency of bowel movements.

Warnings and precautions for loperamide

  • Do not use loperamide if you have ulcerative colitis, liver disease, a heart rhythm disorder, a slow or irregular heartbeat, low blood potassium levels, or diarrhea with a high fever
  • Speak to your doctor if you are taking other medications as some drug interactions may cause serious heart problems
  • Loperamide is not recommended for use in children younger than 2 years of age

Is it safe with breastfeeding?

Loperamide passes into breast milk but is not likely to cause adverse reactions on a nursing infant. Speak to a healthcare professional before breast-feeding.

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

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suspect you may be pregnant, it is important to discuss the use of loperamide with your healthcare provider. They can evaluate the potential risks and benefits to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.

Interactions with other drugs

Loperamide may interact with certain medications, including certain antibiotics, antifungal drugs such as itraconazole, antiretroviral drugs such as ritonavir, gemfibrozil and quinidine. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medication, vitamins, and herbal supplements, to avoid potential interactions.

Side effects of loperamide

Common side effects of loperamide may include:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain, bloating
  • Dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness
  • Dry mouth

Serious adverse effects are rare but get emergency help if you have signs of an allergic reaction.

Dosage of loperamide

Take loperamide by mouth, after each loose stool. The recommended dose of loperamide may vary depending on the individual and the severity of diarrhea. Diarrhea can cause you to lose fluids and electrolytes, so make sure you drink plenty of liquids to prevent getting dehydrated. It is important to follow the instructions provided on the product label or as directed by your healthcare provider.

If you miss a dose of your medication, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for you next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time.

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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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