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

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

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

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 methimazole cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic methimazole 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 methimazole

Methimazole is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, a condition characterized by an overactive thyroid gland.

Active ingredient of methimazole

The active ingredient of methimazole is methimazole.

US brand name of methimazole and manufacturer

Methimazole is available in the US under various brand names, including Tapazole. It is manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of methimazole and manufacturer

In the UK, methimazole is not licensed.

Prescription requirement for methimazole

A prescription (Rx) is required for Methimazole in the US.

Availability of methimazole in the UK with NHS prescription

Methimazole is not available in the UK.

Conditions treated by methimazole

Methimazole is an antithyroid drug, primarily used for the treatment of hyperthyroidism (including Graves disease, toxic multinodular goiter, and thyrotoxic crisis), a condition in which the thyroid gland produces excessive amounts of thyroid hormones.

How does methimazole work?

Methimazole works by inhibiting the production of thyroid hormones in the thyroid gland. It helps to normalize the levels of thyroid hormones in the body and reduce the symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.

Forms of methimazole available

Methimazole is available in the form of oral tablets. Keep this medicine stored at room temperature.

Dosage of methimazole

The dosage of methimazole may vary depending on the individual’s condition, thyroid function, and response to the medication. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for methimazole use

Methimazole should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The medication is usually taken once or twice a day with or without food. It is important to swallow the tablets whole and avoid crushing or chewing them.

Warnings and precautions for methimazole

  • Methimazole may cause certain side effects, including nausea, vomiting, skin rash, and changes in taste or smell. It may also affect liver function. Regular monitoring and close medical supervision are necessary during treatment
  • Inform the healthcare provider about all medications being taken, as methimazole may interact with certain medications
  • Methimazole may cause hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels in the blood)
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking beta blockers such as atenolol, labetalol, propranolol, or others
  • Tell your doctor if you have blood disorders (such as agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia), liver disease, or pancreatitis, before starting this medication

Use of methimazole during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Using methimazole during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be carefully considered, and the potential risks and benefits should be discussed with a healthcare provider. Methimazole may cross the placenta and may be present in breast milk, potentially affecting the fetus or the infant.

Possible side effects of methimazole

Common side effects of methimazole may include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, skin rash, itching, joint pain, drowsiness, and hair loss. Serious side effects are possible but less common. These may include liver problems with symptoms such as tiredness, clay colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), agranulocytosis (very low white blood cells), aplastic anemia (very low red blood cells), and signs of infection (such as sore throat that will not go away, fever), and easy bruising/bleeding. Promptly report any concerning adverse effects to a healthcare provider.

Interactions with other drugs

Methimazole may have drug interactions with certain other medications. These include blood thinners such as warfarin, theophylline and digoxin. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over-the-counter treatments, vitamins and supplements you are taking to avoid potential interactions.

Similar drugs to methimazole

Other treatment options for hyperthyroidism include propylthiouracil (PTU) and radioactive iodine.

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