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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 ziprasidone 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 ziprasidone?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my ziprasidone?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my ziprasidone?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does ziprasidone cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for ziprasidone when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for ziprasidone 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 ziprasidone and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a ziprasidone co-pay program?Is there a ziprasidone Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much ziprasidone?What are the benefits of NowPatient?What is ziprasidone?FDA approval of ziprasidoneActive ingredient of ziprasidoneUS brand name of ziprasidone and manufacturerUK brand name of ziprasidone and manufacturerGeneric availability of ziprasidonePrescription requirement for ziprasidoneAvailability of ziprasidone in the UK with NHS prescriptionConditions treated by ziprasidoneHow does ziprasidone work?Forms of ziprasidone availableDosage of ziprasidoneDirections for ziprasidone useWarnings and precautionsIs ziprasidone safe to take if I am pregnant or planning to become pregnant?Is ziprasidone safe to take if I am breastfeeding?Side effects of ziprasidoneInteractions with other drugsSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my ziprasidone?

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

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

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 ziprasidone cost without insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ziprasidone is an antipsychotic medication used to treat certain mental/mood disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics and works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.

FDA approval of ziprasidone

Ziprasidone is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of schizophrenia and acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

Active ingredient of ziprasidone

The active ingredient of ziprasidone is ziprasidone hydrochloride.

US brand name of ziprasidone and manufacturer

Ziprasidone is available in the United States under the brand name Geodon. It is manufactured by Pfizer Inc.

UK brand name of ziprasidone and manufacturer

In the United Kingdom, ziprasidone is also available under the brand name Zeldox. The manufacturer of Zeldox in the UK may vary.

Generic availability of ziprasidone

Generic versions of ziprasidone are available in some countries. These versions are typically sold under the name ziprasidone followed by the name of the manufacturer.

Prescription requirement for ziprasidone

Ziprasidone is a prescription medication in the United States and the United Kingdom. It is important to consult a healthcare provider who can evaluate your condition and determine if ziprasidone is appropriate for you.

Availability of ziprasidone in the UK with NHS prescription

Ziprasidone is available with a National Health Service (NHS) prescription in the United Kingdom. It can be obtained from pharmacies with a valid prescription from a healthcare professional.

Conditions treated by ziprasidone

Ziprasidone is primarily used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia and acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

How does ziprasidone work?

The exact mechanism of action of ziprasidone is not fully understood. However, it is believed to work by blocking the receptors for certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine and serotonin. This helps to regulate the activity of these neurotransmitters, which are involved in mood, thinking, and behavior.

Forms of ziprasidone available

Ziprasidone is available in different forms, including capsules and an oral suspension. The specific form and strength of ziprasidone prescribed may depend on the condition being treated and the healthcare provider’s recommendation.

Dosage of ziprasidone

The dosage of ziprasidone may vary depending on the individual’s condition, response to treatment, and other factors. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider and not exceed the prescribed dose.

Directions for ziprasidone use

Ziprasidone is typically taken orally with food. It is important to take ziprasidone as prescribed by the healthcare provider and follow their instructions regarding dosing schedule and duration of treatment.

Warnings and precautions

  • Ziprasidone may cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Symptoms include high fever, muscle stiffness, tremors, confusion, tardive dyskinesia, increased heart rate or blood pressure

Is ziprasidone safe to take if I am pregnant or planning to become pregnant?

The use of ziprasidone during pregnancy should be carefully evaluated. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of ziprasidone use if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Is ziprasidone safe to take if I am breastfeeding?

Ziprasidone may pass into breast milk, and its use during breastfeeding is generally not recommended. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider for individualized recommendations.

Side effects of ziprasidone

In clinical trials common side effects of ziprasidone may include drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, constipation, hypotension, hyperglycemia, and dry mouth. It may also cause more serious side effects, such as changes in heart rhythm, significant weight gain and an increase in your blood cholesterol levels, and an increased risk of suicidal thoughts. Get medical help right away if you have a serious side effects 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

Ziprasidone may interact with certain medications, including chlorpromazine, dofetilide, dolasetron, moxifloxacin, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, lithium, sotalol, tacrolimus, thioridazine, antidepressants, carbamazepine, dopamine agonists such as bromocriptine, ketoconazole, medications for mental illness, and sedatives. 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.

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