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Your monthly Zemplar cost savings if eligible

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

Am I eligible for Zemplar patient assistance?

To be eligible for the Zemplar patient assistance program, you will need to meet specific eligibility criteria set by the pharmaceutical company. At NiceRx, we review each Zemplar 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 Zemplar patient assistance program?

Applying for the Zemplar 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 Zemplar, so please tell us about any medications that you have been prescribed.

If we determine that you may be eligible for Zemplar 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 Zemplar patient assistance program, we will also request your Zemplar medication refills 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 Zemplar coupons provider?

NiceRx does not provide Zemplar coupons, discount cards or copay cards. We do not offer printable Zemplar manufacturer coupons, Zemplar discounts, rebates, Zemplar 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 Zemplar medication with NiceRx.

Can NiceRx help me get Zemplar if I have insurance?

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

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

Complete your enrollment application online to find out more.

How much is Zemplar with insurance?

Your individual healthcare plan will determine the cost of Zemplar 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.

How much does Zemplar cost without insurance?

Zemplar prices without insurance will vary by retailer. As a guide, Zemplar intravenous solution (5 mcg/mL) will typically cost around $400 for 25 milliliters.

What is Zemplar?

Zemplar contains the prescription medicine paricalcitol, which is a man-made form of Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to balance the amount of calcium in the body, which helps keep bones, teeth, and muscles strong and healthy. Zemplar is used for the treatment of hyperparathyroidism in people who are on dialysis or have chronic kidney disease. Hyperparathyroidism is a condition where one or more of your parathyroid glands becomes overactive and releases too much parathyroid hormone.

Zemplar is given every other day or 3 times per week. The oral capsules can be taken with or without food. Zemplar injections are given as an infusion directly into a vein during dialysis. You will need regular blood checks while taking this medicine, and you may need to follow a special diet. Zemplar oral capsules are used in adults and children at least 10 years old. The injection is used in adults and children at least 5 years old.

Zemplar active ingredients

Vitamin D is normally produced in the body by the skin or obtained through your diet. Vitamin D is converted into a version that binds with vitamin D receptors (VDR) in your body. VDR is present in the parathyroid gland, intestine, kidney, and bone. This binding process helps to maintain normal parathyroid function and for the normal formation of bone.

In unhealthy kidneys, the conversion of vitamin D is reduced, causing a rise of parathyroid hormone (PTH). This causes an imbalance of calcium and phosphorous in the body, which affects the formation of healthy bone and can cause renal osteodystrophy (abnormal bone formation caused by kidney disease).

Paricalcitol has been shown to work by attaching to the vitamin D receptors (VDR), which has the same effect as vitamin D, thereby reducing the production of parathyroid hormone and allowing the formation of normal healthy bone.

Zemplar side effects

The most common side effects caused by Zemplar include:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Swelling in hands and feet
  • Joint pain
  • Dizziness
  • Runny nose

In rare instances, Zemplar can cause more serious side effects. These can include:

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Flu-like symptoms, mouth and throat ulcers
  • Cough, difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Loss of appetite, constipation, increased thirst or urination, confusion, weight loss, feeling tired

Your doctor will assess the benefits of using Zemplar against your risk of side effects.

Zemplar drug interactions

Zemplar can interact with other medications. These include:

  • Other forms of Vitamin D –  cholecalciferol, ergocalciferol, calcitriol
  • Antiviral treatments – amprenavir, atazanavir, ritonavir
  • Diuretics (water tablets) – bendroflumethiazide, benthiazide, chlorthiazide
  • Anticonvulsants for seizures – carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital
  • Antibiotics for bacterial infections – clarithromycin, erythromycin, rifampin, telithromycin
  • Antifungal treatments – itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole

This list is not exhaustive and other drugs may interact with Zemplar.

Zemplar warning and precautions

You should not use Zemplar if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredient paricalcitol
  • Are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Zemplar
  • Have high levels of vitamin D or calcium in your body

Talk to your doctor before using Zemplar if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Zemplar
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have liver disease
  • Have an electrolyte imbalance
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed

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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.