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Is the cost of your quetiapine 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 quetiapine 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 quetiapine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my quetiapine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my quetiapine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does quetiapine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for quetiapine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for quetiapine 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 quetiapine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a quetiapine co-pay program?Is there a quetiapine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much quetiapine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic quetiapine?FDA approval of quetiapineActive ingredient of quetiapineUS brand name of quetiapine and manufacturerUK brand name of quetiapine and manufacturerPrescription requirement for quetiapineAvailability of quetiapine in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by quetiapineHow does quetiapine work?Forms of quetiapine availableDosage of quetiapineDirections for quetiapine useWarnings and precautions for quetiapineUse of quetiapine if pregnant or planning pregnancyPossible side effects of quetiapineInteractions with other drugsSimilar drugs to quetiapineSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my quetiapine?

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

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

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 quetiapine cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic quetiapine 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 quetiapine

Quetiapine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder as an adjunct to antidepressant therapy.

Active ingredient of quetiapine

The active ingredient of quetiapine is quetiapine fumarate.

US brand name of quetiapine and manufacturer

Quetiapine is available in the US under the brand name Seroquel and Seroquel XR. It is manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

UK brand name of quetiapine and manufacturer

In the UK, quetiapine is available under various brand names, including Seroquel and quetiapine. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for quetiapine

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

Availability of quetiapine in the UK with NHS prescription

Quetiapine is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by quetiapine

Quetiapine is used for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic and depressive episodes), and as an adjunct treatment for major depressive disorder.

How does quetiapine work?

Quetiapine is an atypical antipsychotic drug that works by blocking certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine and serotonin. It helps to restore the balance of these neurotransmitters, which can help alleviate symptoms of mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychoses, and depression.

Forms of quetiapine available

Quetiapine is available in the form of oral tablets and extended-release tablets.

Dosage of quetiapine

The dose of quetiapine may vary depending on the individual’s specific condition, age, and response to treatment. It is important to follow the medical advice provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for quetiapine use

Quetiapine should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The tablets are usually taken orally, with or without food. The extended-release tablets should be swallowed whole and not crushed, chewed, or divided.

Warnings and precautions for quetiapine

  • Quetiapine may have certain risks and potential side effects. It is important to discuss these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication
  • Quetiapine may cause drowsiness and impair cognitive and motor skills. Caution should be exercised while driving or operating machinery
  • Quetiapine may cause a serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Symptoms include fever, tiredness, muscle stiffness, and unusually pale skin
  • Monitor the metabolic panel for cholesterol, fasting glucose, triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and weight
  • Patients should have a lens examination during long-term treatment to check for cataracts
  • Tell your doctor if you have a low number of white blood cells, diabetes or a prolonged QT interval (a rare heart problem that causes fainting, irregular heartbeat, or sudden death), high or low blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, or thyroid, heart or liver disease
  • Increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior

Use of quetiapine if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of quetiapine during pregnancy should be discussed with a healthcare provider. It should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefits outweigh the risks. Quetiapine may pass into breast milk. Speak to your doctor before breastfeeding.

Possible side effects of quetiapine

Common side effects of quetiapine may include drowsiness, sedation, lightheadedness, blurred vision, weight gain, dry mouth, constipation, tardive dyskinesia, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and an increase in prolactin levels. Serious side effects are possible but less common. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider.

Interactions with other drugs

Quetiapine may have drug interactions with certain medications, including other dopamine agonists, antidepressants, certain antifungals such as ketoconazole, antihistamines, chlorpromazine, divalproex sodium, medications for anxiety, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, methadone, phenytoin, sedatives, thioridazine, and ziprasidone. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications and supplements you are taking to avoid potential adverse events.

Similar drugs to quetiapine

Other atypical antipsychotic medications used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder include aripiprazole, olanzapine, and risperidone.

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