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Is the cost of your ursodiol 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 ursodiol 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 ursodiol?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my ursodiol?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my ursodiol?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does ursodiol cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for ursodiol when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for ursodiol 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 ursodiol and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a ursodiol co-pay program?Is there a ursodiol Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much ursodiol?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is generic ursodiol?FDA approval of ursodiolActive ingredient of ursodiolUS brand name of ursodiol and manufacturerUK brand name of ursodiol and manufacturerPrescription requirement for ursodiolAvailability of ursodiol in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by ursodiolUrsodiol’s mechanism of actionForms of ursodiol availableDosage of ursodiolDirections for ursodiol useWarnings and precautions for ursodiolUse of ursodiol during pregnancyUse of ursodiol while breastfeedingPossible side effects of ursodiolInteractions with other drugsSimilar drugs to ursodiolSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my ursodiol?

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

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

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 ursodiol cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic ursodiol 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 ursodiol

Ursodiol is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of certain liver diseases, including primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) and certain types of gallstones.

Active ingredient of ursodiol

The active ingredient of ursodiol is ursodeoxycholic acid.

US brand name of ursodiol and manufacturer

Ursodiol is available under various brand names in the US, such as Actigall, Reltone, Urso 250, and Urso Forte, and is manufactured by multiple pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of ursodiol and manufacturer

In the UK, ursodiol is available under various brand names, and the manufacturers may vary.

Prescription requirement for ursodiol

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

Availability of ursodiol in the UK with NHS prescription

Ursodiol is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by ursodiol

Ursodiol is primarily used to treat primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), formerly known as a primary biliary cirrhosis, a chronic liver disease that affects the bile ducts. It can also be used to dissolve certain types of gallstones in the gallbladder.

Ursodiol’s mechanism of action

Ursodiol works by reducing the production and absorption of cholesterol in the liver, which helps to improve the flow of bile and prevent the buildup of toxic substances. It can also help dissolve cholesterol gallstones by altering the composition of bile and promoting their gradual breakdown.

Forms of ursodiol available

Ursodiol is available in the form of oral capsules or tablets.

Dosage of ursodiol

The dosage of ursodiol may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and individual patient factors. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for ursodiol use

Ursodiol should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The capsules or tablets should be swallowed whole with water and should not be crushed or chewed.

Warnings and precautions for ursodiol

  • Ursodiol should not be used in patients with certain types of gallstones, such as calcified or radiopaque stones
  • Tell your doctor if you have gallbladder or bile duct problems such as acute cholecystitis, biliary obstruction, biliary-gastrointestinal fistula, liver disease (such as ascites, variceal bleeding, or hepatic encephalopathy), cholecystitis or pancreatitis
  • It may take several months of treatment with ursodiol to see the full benefits in the treatment of gallstones
  • You will need regular medical tests, including blood tests to check your liver function

Use of ursodiol during pregnancy

Ursodiol can be used during pregnancy if prescribed by a healthcare provider. The potential risks and benefits should be evaluated for each individual case.

Use of ursodiol while breastfeeding

Ursodiol is excreted into breast milk but is considered compatible with breastfeeding. However, consultation with a healthcare provider is necessary to discuss the specific situation.

Possible side effects of ursodiol

In clinical trials common side effects of ursodiol may include bitter taste, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, back pain, and constipation. In rare cases, allergic reactions or hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) may occur. Get medical help right away if you have a serious side effect such as an allergic reaction. Symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, worsening shortness of breath, sore throat, chest pain, swelling of the face, tongue or throat, skin rash, blisters, and serious skin reactions.

Interactions with other drugs

Ursodiol may interact with other medications, including antacids containing aluminum. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter nonprescription medications, salt substitutes, herbal products, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential adverse effects and drug interactions.

Similar drugs to ursodiol

There are no other drugs that are exactly similar to ursodiol, as it is a specific bile acid medication used for liver and gallstone conditions.

Sources

  • FDA Prescribing Information for Ursodiol
  • MHRA product information for Ursodiol
  • NHS UK
  • Drugs.com
  • WebMD
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