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Cystagon Patient assistance program

Is your Cystagon medication too expensive? Start receiving your medication for only $49 per month.*

Complete a free online enrollment application to find out if you’re eligible to pay only $49 per month for your Cystagon medication with our help.

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NiceRx works with your healthcare provider to help you access affordable medications directly from U.S. pharmaceutical companies.

How it works

  • Enroll online

    Get started by filling out the online enrollment application to find out if you are eligible for assistance.

  • Pre-qualification

    NiceRx verifies your eligibility for medication assistance and notifies you if you are qualified. The pharmaceutical company provides your medication for free and you only pay our service fee.

  • Submit documents

    We will request documents to be submitted by you and your healthcare provider that are required by the pharmaceutical company to complete your enrollment.

  • Receive medication

    Once approved, the pharmaceutical company typically ships a 90-day supply of medication to your home or healthcare provider’s address.

Medically reviewed by  Jamie Winn, PharmD

Your monthly Cystagon cost savings if eligible

If you are eligible to receive your Cystagon prescription through the patient assistance program, your medication will be free. We charge a flat monthly service fee of $49 per medication to cover the cost of our services.

Am I eligible for Cystagon patient assistance?

To be eligible for the Cystagon patient assistance program, you will need to meet specific eligibility criteria set by the pharmaceutical company. At NiceRx, we review each Cystagon enrollment application individually. The main factors considered are:

  • I am a permanent, legal resident of the United States or Puerto Rico
  • I am uninsured or my insurance doesn’t cover my medication
  • I meet certain income eligibility requirements

How do I apply for the Cystagon patient assistance program?

Applying for the Cystagon patient assistance program through NiceRx is simple. Begin by completing the enrollment application on our website. We will ask for details about your healthcare provider, your insurance plan, and your household income. This information is required by the pharmaceutical manufacturers that supply your medication. We may be able to help you access patient assistance for other medications as well as Cystagon, so please tell us about any medications that you have been prescribed.

If we determine that you may be eligible for Cystagon assistance, we will handle the full enrollment process on your behalf. We will work with your healthcare provider to prepare and submit all the documents required for you to enroll. If you are successfully enrolled in the Cystagon patient assistance program, we will also request your Cystagon medication refills on your behalf for up to 1 year. At the end of your enrollment period, we will contact you for updated details and seek to re-enroll you in the program.

Is NiceRx a Cystagon coupon provider?

NiceRx does not provide Cystagon coupons, discount cards or copay cards. We do not offer printable Cystagon manufacturer coupons, Cystagon discounts, rebates, Cystagon savings cards, trial offers, or free samples. We are a service provider that helps eligible individuals access patient assistance programs. Our service cost is $49 a month per medication, so you will likely save more on your Cystagon medication with NiceRx.

Can NiceRx help me get Cystagon cheaper if I have insurance?

NiceRx may be able to help you access Cystagon patient assistance if:

  • You have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility for Cystagon
  • Your insurance company will not pay for your Cystagon prescription
  • You do not have insurance

Complete your enrollment application online to find out more.

How much does Cystagon cost without insurance?

Cystagon prices without insurance will vary by retailer. As a guide, Cystagon oral capsules 50 mg will typically cost around $180 for 500 capsules.

How much does Cystagon cost with insurance?

Your individual healthcare plan will determine the copay of Cystagon with insurance. To find out what you will need to pay, contact your pharmacist or insurance provider. They will be able to calculate your copay with your current insurance.

What is Cystagon?

Cystagon is an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved medication manufactured by Mylan Laboratories Limited. Cystagon is used to reduce the amount of cystine (an amino acid) in the body. It is indicated for the treatment of nephropathic cystinosis, a rare genetic condition that causes a build-up of cystine levels in your kidneys and other organs. Too much cystine in the urine can cause kidney stones, renal impairment, or other medical problems.

What doses of Cystagon are available?

Cystagon is available in immediate-release capsule form, in the following doses: 50 mg, 150 mg.

Cystagon capsules should be swallowed whole with food. If you cannot swallow a capsule whole, open the capsule and mix the medicine with certain foods. Your doctor may recommend you use oral granules. If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember unless it is near the time of your next scheduled dose. If this is the case, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at your regular time. Store Cystagon at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Always speak with your healthcare provider for medical advice about any changes to your dose so they can monitor and evaluate your condition.

Cystagon active ingredients

Cystagon contains cysteamine bitartrate as the active ingredient. Cystagon reacts with cystine to form cysteine and a cysteine-cysteamine salt which is removed from cells. The amount of cystine in the organs is reduced limiting the damage to your organs.

Cystagon side effects

The most common side effects of Cystagon in clinical trials include:

  • Drowsiness, tiredness
  • Gastrointestinal problems – abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, anorexia, diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Headache

In rare instances, Cystagon can cause more serious adverse effects. These can include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Seizures
  • Bone pain, bone lesions
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Increased intracranial pressure

Your doctor will assess the benefits of using Cystagon against your risk of side effects. Patients are encouraged to report negative side effects or adverse reactions of Cystagon to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Cystagon drug interactions

Other drugs may interact with Cystagon, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your health care provider about all of your medication including any supplements you are taking.

Cystagon contraindications

You should not use Cystagon if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredient cysteamine or penicillamine
  • Have had an allergic reaction to any of the other ingredients in Cystagon
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed

Talk to your doctor about your medical condition before using Cystagon if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Cystagon
  • Have a skin rash
  • Have any bone problems
  • Suffer from seizures
  • Have liver disease
  • Have a low white blood cell (WBC) count
  • Have a mental health disorder
  • Have a stomach ulcer
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant

Cystagon generic

Cystagon is the trademark brand name for cysteamine bitartrate manufactured by Mylan Laboratories Limited. A generic version of cysteamine bitartrate is not available. Generic drugs are generally cheaper than brand-name drugs, but you can still find Cystagon savings through NiceRx.

*Qualifying persons may obtain medications directly from patient assistance programs without any out-of-pocket cost (or for less than $49 per medication). However, our monthly flat rate of just $49 per medication spares you the hassle of tracking the different programs and filling out all the required paperwork for each program. Subject to medication availability.

Enrollees enjoy a full-service solution, as NiceRx assists them and their physicians with the entire process. We prepare all required documents for the physician to sign, help enrollees manage all prescription refills, monitor eligibility criteria, and maintain enrollment.

**If you do not receive medications because you were determined to be ineligible for the prescription assistance by the applicable pharmaceutical companies and you have a letter of denial, we will refund any fees you paid toward medications for which you did not qualify to receive prescription assistance (“Refund”).

To receive a refund, you must send the letter of denial to us by fax to 888-517-7444, or by e-mail to [email protected] within 30 days of your receipt of such letter. The Refund is your sole and exclusive remedy for any fees you may wish to dispute.

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.