Is NiceRx an Alkeran coupon provider?
At NiceRx, we help eligible individuals access patient assistance programs. This means that we are not an Alkeran coupon, an Alkeran discount card, or an Alkeran copay card provider. We do not offer any medication trial offers, or free Alkeran samples.
Alkeran patient assistance program
Patient assistance programs are typically sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and provide free or discounted medications to individuals with low income who are uninsured or under-insured and meet the eligibility criteria that vary by program. There are currently no known patient assistance programs for this medication.
How much does Alkeran cost without insurance?
Alkeran costs without insurance will vary depending on how much you buy and the retailer you buy it from. As a guide, Alkeran oral tablets 2 mg will typically cost around $600 for 50 tablets.
How much does Alkeran cost with insurance?
The copay of Alkeran will vary in line with the specific terms of your healthcare plan. For further details about what you may need to pay, your insurance provider or pharmacist will be able to calculate the copay costs with your current insurance.
What is Alkeran?
Alkeran is an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved medication manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Alkeran is an anti-cancer (antineoplastic or cytotoxic) chemotherapy drug. It is classed as an alkylating agent and works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells in your body. It is used to treat multiple myeloma and ovarian cancer.
What doses of Alkeran are available?
Alkeran is available in tablet form, in the following doses: 2 mg.
Take Alkeran on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals at the same time of day. Possible side effects of melphalan and how severe they are will depend on your dose. High doses may produce more severe side effects.
Always speak with a healthcare professional for medical advice about any changes to your dose so they can monitor and evaluate your condition.
Alkeran active ingredients
Alkeran contains melphalan as the active ingredient.
Alkeran side effects
The most common side effects of Alkeran in clinical trials include:
- Hair loss
- Stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss
- Change in taste or mouth sores
- Feeling tired or weak
In rare instances, Alkeran can cause more serious side effects. These can include:
- Bone marrow suppression reduces your red blood cell count (which can cause anemia), white blood cells (which can cause an increased risk of infection), and platelet count (which can cause an increased risk of bleeding)
- Leukemia or myelodysplasia
- Pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial pneumonitis
- Liver problems – dark urine, fatigue, loss of appetite, upset stomach or abdominal pain, light-colored stools, vomiting, or yellowing of skin or eyes
- Unexplained bruising or bleeding, pale skin
- Chest pain or pressure or irregular heartbeat
- Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or a cough that is new or worse
- Signs of an allergic reaction – hives, red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever, tightness in the chest or throat, trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Your doctor will assess the benefits of using Alkeran against your risk of side effects. Patients are encouraged to report negative side effects or adverse reactions of Alkeran to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Alkeran drug interactions
Alkeran can interact with other medications. These include:
- Live vaccines – do not have a live vaccination while you’re having treatment and for up to 12 months after
- Cyclosporine – may cause severe renal failure
- Cisplatin may induce renal dysfunction
- Nalidixic acid may increase the incidence of severe hemorrhagic necrotic enterocolitis in pediatric patients
This list is not exhaustive and other prescription drugs may interact with Alkeran. Tell your healthcare provider about any over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also, tell them about any supplements you take.
You should not use Alkeran if you:
- Are allergic to the active ingredient melphalan
- Are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Alkeran
- Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
Talk to your doctor before using Alkeran if you:
- Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Alkeran
- Have bleeding or any other blood problems
- Have kidney problems
- Are having radiation treatment
- Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed
Alkeran is the trademark brand name for melphalan manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. A generic version of melphalan is available. Generic drugs are generally cheaper than brand-name drugs, but you can still find Alkeran savings through NiceRx.
The content on this website is intended for information purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice. The information on this website should not be relied upon and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always speak to your doctor regarding the risks and benefits of any treatment.