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Is the cost of your metronidazole 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 metronidazole 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 metronidazole?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my metronidazole?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my metronidazole?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does metronidazole cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for metronidazole when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for metronidazole 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 metronidazole and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a metronidazole co-pay program?Is there a metronidazole Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much metronidazole?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic metronidazole?FDA approval of metronidazoleActive ingredient of metronidazoleUS brand name of metronidazole and manufacturerUK brand name of metronidazole and manufacturerPrescription requirement for metronidazoleAvailability of metronidazole in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by metronidazoleHow does metronidazole work?Forms of metronidazole availableDosage of metronidazoleDirections for use of metronidazoleIs metronidazole safe to take if I am breastfeeding?Is it safe to take metronidazole if I am pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?Warnings and contraindications for metronidazolePossible side effects of metronidazoleInteractions with other drugsSimilar drugs to metronidazoleSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my metronidazole?

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

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

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 metronidazole cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic metronidazole 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 metronidazole

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

Active ingredient of metronidazole

The active ingredient of metronidazole is metronidazole.

US brand name of metronidazole and manufacturer

Metronidazole is available in the US under various brand names, including Flagyl and MetroGel. The manufacturers may vary depending on the specific formulation and dosage form.

UK brand name of metronidazole and manufacturer

In the UK, metronidazole is available under various brand names, including Flagyl ER and Zidoval. The manufacturers may vary depending on the specific formulation and dosage form.

Prescription requirement for metronidazole

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

Availability of metronidazole in the UK with NHS prescription

Metronidazole is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by metronidazole

Metronidazole is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial commonly used to treat bacterial infections. It is effective against a wide range of infections, including bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, gastrointestinal, certain types of diarrhea, dental (abscess) infections, and skin infections. It may also be used for the treatment of trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite.

How does metronidazole work?

Metronidazole works by interfering with the DNA synthesis of microorganisms, leading to their death or inhibition of their growth. It is effective against anaerobic bacteria and some protozoal parasites.

Forms of metronidazole available

Metronidazole is available in various forms, including oral metronidazole tablets, capsules, extended-release tablets, vaginal gel, and topical cream or gel.

Dosage of metronidazole

The dosage of metronidazole may vary depending on the specific infection being treated, the patient’s age, and other individual factors. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions and medical advice provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for use of metronidazole

Metronidazole should be taken or applied as directed by the healthcare provider. The specific instructions may include the timing of administration, dosage adjustments, and any necessary precautions.

Is metronidazole safe to take if I am breastfeeding?

Metronidazole is generally considered compatible with breastfeeding. Only small amounts of the medication pass into breast milk. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before using metronidazole while breastfeeding to evaluate any potential risks or concerns.

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

Metronidazole is generally not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the potential risks. It may be used during the second and third trimesters if necessary. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider before using metronidazole.

Warnings and contraindications for metronidazole

  • Metronidazole may interact with certain medications, such as blood-thinning drugs (e.g., warfarin) and disulfiram. It is important to inform the healthcare provider about all medications and supplements you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions
  • It is important to complete the full course of treatment prescribed by the healthcare provider, even if the symptoms improve, to ensure the infection is fully treated
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney or liver disease, a stomach or intestinal disease such as Crohn’s disease, or a central nervous system disorder
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking oral metronidazole

Possible side effects of metronidazole

Common side effects of metronidazole may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headache, peripheral neuropathy and metallic taste in the mouth. If these adverse effects are severe or persistent, it is important to contact a healthcare provider.

Get emergency help if you have a life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms may include hives, itching, fever, dry mouth, trouble breathing, and shortness of breath.

Interactions with other drugs

Metronidazole may interact with certain medications, including blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin, busulfan, disulfiram, cimetidine, lithium, and phenytoin. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all prescription drugs, over-the-counter and supplements you are taking to minimize the risk of interactions.

Similar drugs to metronidazole

Other treatments similar to metronidazole therapy include tinidazole, and nitroimidazole.

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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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