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Is the cost of your rizatriptan 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 rizatriptan 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 rizatriptan?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my rizatriptan?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my rizatriptan?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does rizatriptan cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for rizatriptan when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for rizatriptan 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 rizatriptan and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a rizatriptan co-pay program?Is there a rizatriptan Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much rizatriptan?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic rizatriptan?US brand name of rizatriptan and manufacturerUK brand name of rizatriptan and manufacturerPrescription requirement for rizatriptanFDA approval of rizatriptanIs rizatriptan available in the UK on NHS?Mechanism of actionUses of rizatriptanDosage of rizatriptanPrecautions and warnings for rizatriptanSide effects of rizatriptanInteractions with other drugsSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my rizatriptan?

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

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

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 rizatriptan cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

US brand name of rizatriptan and manufacturer

Rizatriptan is available in the US under the brand name Maxalt. Maxalt is manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc.

UK brand name of rizatriptan and manufacturer

Rizatriptan is available in the UK under the brand name Maxalt and Maxalt-Mlt. Maxalt is manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited.

Prescription requirement for rizatriptan

Rizatriptan is a prescription medication in both the US and the UK. It is not available over the counter and requires a prescription from a healthcare provider.

FDA approval of rizatriptan

Rizatriptan has received FDA approval for the acute treatment of migraine headaches with or without aura in adults.

Is rizatriptan available in the UK on NHS?

Rizatriptan is available on the NHS in the UK with a prescription from a healthcare provider. The availability and specific prescribing guidelines may vary, so it is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.

Mechanism of action

Rizatriptan benzoate is a selective serotonin receptor agonist that acts on the blood vessels in the brain, helping to reduce the swelling and narrowing of blood vessels that occur during a migraine attack. It also inhibits the release of certain substances involved in the transmission of pain signals.

Uses of rizatriptan

Rizatriptan is a triptan used for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults. It is not intended for the prevention of migraines or the treatment of other types of headaches.

Dosage of rizatriptan

The dose of rizatriptan will depend on the individual and the severity of the migraine attack. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider. The maximum recommended dose for a 24-hour period is 30 mg.

Precautions and warnings for rizatriptan

  • Rizatriptan should not be used in patients with a history of heart disease, including angina, heart attack, or uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets contain phenylalanine. Tell your healthcare provider if you have phenylketonuria (PKU), before starting treatment
  • Rizatriptan may cause drowsiness or dizziness, so it is important to avoid activities that require alertness until you know how the medication affects you
  • It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements, as certain drugs may interact with rizatriptan
  • It is not known if rizatriptan passes into breast milk. Speak to your doctor before breast-feeding

Side effects of rizatriptan

Common side effects of rizatriptan may include dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, stomach pain, nausea, and dry mouth. These side effects are usually mild and temporary. If you experience serious side effects, consult your healthcare provider. Get medical help right away if you have a life-threatening 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 caregiver for medical advice.

Interactions with other drugs

Rizatriptan may interact with certain medications, such as other selective serotonin receptor agonists such as almotriptan, eletriptan, naratriptan, sumatriptan, or zolmitriptan, ergot-type medications such as dihydroergotamine, methysergide, MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine, antidepressants such as amitriptyline, propranolol, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as citalopram, fluoxetine, and paroxetine. 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.

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