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NowPatient offers cost effective access to risperidone 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 risperidone?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my risperidone?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my risperidone?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does risperidone cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for risperidone when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for risperidone 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 risperidone and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a risperidone co-pay program?Is there a risperidone Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much risperidone?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic risperidone?US brand name of risperidone and manufacturerUK brand name of risperidone and manufacturerIs risperidone available in the UK on the NHS?Prescription requirement for risperidoneActive ingredient of risperidone and mechanism of actionUses of risperidoneForms of risperidoneDosage of risperidonePrecautions and warnings for risperidoneSide effects of risperidoneInteractions with other drugsSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my risperidone?

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

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

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 risperidone cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

US brand name of risperidone and manufacturer

Risperidone is FDA-approved in the US under the brand name Risperdal. It is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

UK brand name of risperidone and manufacturer

Risperidone is available in the UK under the brand names Risperdal and Risperdal Consta. It is also manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Is risperidone available in the UK on the NHS?

Yes, risperidone is available on the NHS in the UK.

Prescription requirement for risperidone

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

Active ingredient of risperidone and mechanism of action

Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic medication. Its exact mechanism of action is not fully understood, but it is thought to work by blocking the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine and serotonin. By modulating the activity of these neurotransmitters, risperidone helps to regulate the communication between brain cells and improve symptoms of psychosis.

Uses of risperidone

Risperidone is primarily used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It can help to manage symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. It may also be used off-label for other conditions, such as certain behavioral disturbances in individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Forms of risperidone

Risperidone is available in different forms, including oral tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, and long-acting injection (Risperdal Consta). The choice of form will depend on the individual’s needs and the prescribing healthcare provider’s recommendations.

Dosage of risperidone

The dose of risperidone will vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the severity of symptoms, and the individual’s response to the medication. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider. If you forget to take a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time.

Precautions and warnings for risperidone

  • Risperidone may cause various side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, weight gain, and changes in blood sugar levels. It may also increase the risk of certain movement disorders, such as extrapyramidal symptoms
  • It is important to inform your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, as they may interact with risperidone and affect its effectiveness or increase the risk of side effects
  • Risperidone should be used with caution in individuals with certain medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and liver or kidney impairment
  • Abrupt discontinuation of risperidone should be avoided, as it may lead to withdrawal symptoms or a recurrence of symptoms
  • Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to paliperidone palmitate, Alzheimer disease, heart rhythm problems, hypotension (low blood pressure), breast cancer (prolactin-dependent) high blood sugar, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), Parkinson disease, priapism, kidney disease, or liver disease
  • Risperidone passes into breast milk. Speak to your doctor before breast-feeding

Side effects of risperidone

Common side effects of risperidone may include drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, constipation, dry mouth, increased appetite, and weight gain. It may also cause more serious side effects, such as muscle stiffness, tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a potentially life-threatening condition), and an increased risk of stroke in elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis. It is important to report any concerning or persistent adverse effects to your healthcare provider. Get medical help right away if you have a serious allergic reaction. Symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat (angioedema), skin rash, and severe skin reactions. Promptly report any adverse effects to a healthcare professional for medical advice.

Interactions with other drugs

Risperidone can interact with other medications, including certain antidepressants, carbamazepine, clozapine, dopamine agonists, fluoxetine, paroxetine, quinidine, sedatives, and valproic acid. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over-the-counter nonprescription medication, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions.

Sources

  • Risperdal (Risperidone) Prescribing Information – Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
  • Risperidone – MedlinePlus.
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