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

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

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

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).

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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 ondansetron cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic ondansetron 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 ondansetron

Ondansetron is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.

Active ingredient of ondansetron

The active ingredient of ondansetron is ondansetron hydrochloride.

US brand name of ondansetron and manufacturer

Ondansetron (dan-se-tron) is available in the US under various brand names, including Zofran, Zofran ODT, and Zuplenz. It is manufactured by various pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of ondansetron and manufacturer

In the UK, ondansetron is available under various brand names, including Zofran. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for ondansetron

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

Availability of ondansetron in the UK with NHS prescription

Ondansetron is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by ondansetron

Ondansetron is an antiemetic primarily used for the prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. It is also used off-label for the treatment of other types of nausea and vomiting.

How does ondansetron work?

Ondansetron belongs to a class of medications called serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, in the brain and gastrointestinal tract. By inhibiting the activity of serotonin, ondansetron helps prevent nausea and vomiting. It is metabolised by hepatic cytochrome P-450 enzymes.

Forms of ondansetron available

Ondansetron is available in various forms, including oral tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, oral solution, and intramuscular or intravenous injection.

Dosage of ondansetron

The dose of ondansetron may vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the patient’s age and weight, and other individual factors. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage instructions provided by a healthcare professional.

Directions for ondansetron use

Take ondansetron as directed by the healthcare provider. The first dose is usually taken before chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery to prevent nausea and vomiting. The tablets should be swallowed whole with water, while the orally disintegrating tablets can be placed on the tongue to dissolve.

Warnings and precautions for ondansetron

  • Ondansetron should be used with caution in individuals with certain medical conditions, such as liver disease or heart rhythm disorders. Dose adjustments may be necessary
  • Ondansetron may increase serotonin levels in the body and cause a serious condition known as serotonin syndrome
  • Tell your doctor if you have heart failure, a slow heartbeat, QT prolongation, or or if you have low magnesium or potassium blood levels, before using ondansetron
  • Tell your doctor if you have phenylketonuria, as ondansetron orally disintegrating tablets may contain phenylalanine

Use of ondansetron during pregnancy

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

Use of ondansetron while breastfeeding

Ondansetron may pass into breast milk but is generally considered safe to use while breastfeeding. It is recommended to consult a healthcare provider before using ondansetron while breastfeeding.

Possible side effects of ondansetron

In clinical trials common side effects of ondansetron may include headache, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, and fatigue. Serious side effects such as blurred vision and allergic reactions are rare. Get medical help immediately if you have symptoms such as a rash, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, chest pain, or trouble breathing.

Interactions with other drugs

Ondansetron may interact with certain medications, including apomorphine, carbamazepine, phenytoin, medications for irregular heart beat, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and tramadol.

It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, dietary supplements, multivitamins, and herbal products, to avoid any adverse effects and potential drug interactions.

Similar drugs to ondansetron

Other medications used for the prevention of nausea and vomiting include granisetron, dolasetron, and palonosetron.

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