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Your monthly Ziagen cost savings if eligible

If you are eligible for the Ziagen patient assistance program you can receive your medication for free. Our monthly service fee of $49 per medication covers the cost of our services in applying for the program and requesting your ongoing refills on your behalf. If you obtain your Ziagen through NiceRx, you will only pay $49 a month regardless of the retail price of your medication.

Am I eligible for the Ziagen patient assistance program?

You could receive your Ziagen without paying the full retail price if you meet the eligibility criteria for assistance. The eligibility requirements are set by the pharmaceutical companies that are providing assistance programs. At NiceRx, we review each application individually, although the main factors considered by most programs 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 Ziagen patient assistance?

We do everything that we can to take the hassle and stress out of applying for patient assistance programs. Simply start by filling in our enrollment application. We will ask for details about your healthcare provider, your insurance, and your household income. This information is required by the pharmaceutical companies you are applying to for assistance. We may also be able to help you access patient assistance for other medications that you have been prescribed, so be sure to tell us about any medications you are taking as well as Ziagen.

NiceRx will review the information you have provided, and if we determine that you may be eligible for assistance, we will seek to enroll you in the Ziagen patient assistance program. We will handle the enrollment process for you by working with your healthcare provider and preparing all the required paperwork for your doctor to sign. We will also request your Ziagen medication refills on your behalf for up to 1 year once you are enrolled in the program.

Is NiceRx a Ziagen coupon provider?

At NiceRx, we help eligible individuals access the Ziagen patient assistance program. This means that we are not a Ziagen coupon, a Ziagen discount card, or a Ziagen copay card provider. We do not offer any medication trial offers or free Ziagen samples.

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

We may be able to help you if you have insurance, including if your insurance company will not pay for your Ziagen medication, or if you have a high copay or coinsurance responsibility. We may even be able to assist if you do not have insurance. Please fill in our enrollment application to find out more.

How much does Ziagen cost without insurance?

Ziagen costs without insurance will vary depending on how much you buy and the retailer you buy it from. As a guide, Ziagen oral solution (20 mg/mL) will typically cost around $165 for 240 milliliters. If you obtain your medication through NiceRx, you will pay a flat monthly rate of $49 per medication regardless of its retail price.

How much does Ziagen cost with insurance?

The copay of Ziagen 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 Ziagen?

Ziagen is an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved medication manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. It is a nucleoside analog, used in combination with other antiviral therapy for the treatment of HIV infection (human immunodeficiency virus). Ziagen helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body, allowing your immune system to work better. Ziagen is commonly used in combination with other HIV medicines, such as lamivudine/zidovudine, dolutegravir/lamivudine, or lamivudine.

What doses of Ziagen are available?

Ziagen is available in tablet form, in the following doses: 300 mg tablet, and as an oral solution, in the following doses: 20 mg/mL.

The recommended dose in adults is 600 mg as the daily dose, as either 300 mg twice daily or 600 mg once daily. The dose for pediatric patients 3 months of age and older is based on body weight and should not exceed 300 mg twice daily. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. The dose should be reduced for patients with mild hepatic impairment.

Please read the medication guide and warning card provided with your medication and always speak with a healthcare professional for medical advice about any changes to your dose so they can monitor and evaluate your condition.

Ziagen active ingredients

Ziagen contains abacavir sulfate as the active ingredient. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (nrtis).

Ziagen side effects

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

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Headache
  • Malaise and tiredness
  • Fever
  • Skin rashes
  • Ear, nose, and throat infections

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

  • Serious and sometimes fatal hypersensitivity reactions. Patients carrying the HLA-B*5701 allele are at high risk of a hypersensitivity reaction
  • Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
  • Redistribution and accumulation of body fat
  • Life-threatening allergic reactions – rash, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, severe dizziness, shortness of breath, extreme tiredness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, muscle aches, sore throat, or cough

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

Ziagen drug interactions

Ziagen can interact with other medications. These include:

  • Ethanol
  • Methadone

This list is not exhaustive and other prescription drugs may interact with Ziagen. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Ziagen contraindications

You should not use Ziagen if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredient abacavir
  • Have had an allergic reaction to any of the other ingredients in Ziagen
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant

Talk to your doctor before using Ziagen if you:

  • Are taking any of the medications that could interact with Ziagen
  • Have heart disease, or high blood pressure
  • Have a risk factor for heart diseases such as smoking, diabetes, or high cholesterol
  • Have liver disease or other liver problems
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed – This medication passes into breast milk

Ziagen generic

Ziagen is the trademark brand name for abacavir manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. A generic version of abacavir is available. Generic drugs are generally cheaper than brand-name drugs, but you can still find Ziagen savings through NiceRx.

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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.