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Is the cost of your promethazine 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 promethazine 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 promethazine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my promethazine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my promethazine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does promethazine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for promethazine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for promethazine 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 promethazine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a promethazine co-pay program?Is there a promethazine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much promethazine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?US brand name of promethazine and manufacturerUK brand name of promethazine and manufacturerIs promethazine available in the UK on the NHS?Prescription requirement for promethazineFDA approval of promethazineActive ingredient of promethazine and mechanism of actionUses of promethazineForms of promethazineDosage of promethazinePrecautions and warnings for promethazineSide effects of promethazineInteractions with other drugsSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my promethazine?

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

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

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 promethazine cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using promethazine. 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 promethazine. 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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US brand name of promethazine and manufacturer

Promethazine is available in the US under various brand names, including Phenergan and Promethegan. It is manufactured by multiple pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of promethazine and manufacturer

Promethazine is available in the UK under the brand name Avomine, Phenergan. It is manufactured by Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Is promethazine available in the UK on the NHS?

Yes, promethazine is available on the NHS in the UK. It can be prescribed by healthcare professionals for eligible patients.  Some brands are also available over-the-counter.

Prescription requirement for promethazine

Promethazine is a prescription medication and requires a prescription from a healthcare provider.

FDA approval of promethazine

Promethazine has received FDA approval for various uses, including the treatment of allergy symptoms, motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting.

Active ingredient of promethazine and mechanism of action

Promethazine is an antihistamine medication that works by blocking the effects of histamine, a substance produced by the body during an allergic reaction. It also has sedative, antipsychotic and antiemetic properties, which help relieve nausea and vomiting.

Uses of promethazine

Promethazine is a phenothiazine, primarily used for the following purposes:

  • Relief of allergy symptoms, such as itching, sneezing, allergic conjunctivitis, and runny nose
  • Prevention and treatment of motion sickness
  • Management of nausea and vomiting, including that caused by surgery, chemotherapy, or certain medications

Forms of promethazine

Promethazine is available in various forms, including oral tablets, oral liquid, rectal suppositories, and injectable formulations. The specific form and strength will depend on the intended use and the formulation of the medication.

Dosage of promethazine

The dosage of promethazine will vary depending on the specific condition being treated, individual patient characteristics, and response to therapy. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider.

Precautions and warnings for promethazine

  • Promethazine hydrochloride (hcl) may cause drowsiness or impair your ability to perform tasks that require alertness. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how promethazine affects you
  • It may interact with other medications, so it is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements
  • Promethazine should not be used in children younger than 2 years old, as it may cause serious side effects
  • Use caution when using promethazine in elderly patients, as they may be more sensitive to its effects
  • Tell your doctor if you have any breathing problems, sleep apnea, bone marrow depression, glaucoma, an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, liver disease, or an enlarged prostate, before starting treatment
  • Promethazine passes into breast milk. Speak to your doctor before breast-feeding

Side effects of promethazine

Promethazine’s anticholinergic properties may cause side effects. Common side effects of promethazine may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Nausea

Promethazine may cause serious allergic reactions, with symptoms including hives, rash, itching, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, and trouble breathing. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience severe or persistent adverse effects.

Interactions with other drugs

Promethazine may interact with other medications, including sedatives, tranquilizers, opioid pain relievers (such as codeine, and hydrocodone), other antihistamines (such as cetirizine or diphenhydramine), barbiturates (such as phenobarbital), other phenothiazines (such as prochlorperazine and chlorpromazine), and certain other antidepressants. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions.

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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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