Brand-only drugs like Restasis, Eliquis and Lyrica can cost well over $500 for a month’s supply, and without cheaper generic alternatives, patients are often forced to either shell out their life savings or give up essential medications. FDA initiatives to expedite the drug review process and prohibit manufacturers from holding market exclusivity for too long will hopefully bring many generics to the market soon. See More
Amitiza (lubiprostone) is a laxative used to treat chronic constipation and constipation caused by opioids. Amitiza is the only drug in the chloride channel activators class. There are currently no generic alternatives to Amitiza.
Check our savings tips for co-pay cards, assistance programs, and other ways to reduce your cost. Amitiza is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
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Last week, GoodRx rolled out exclusive new savings on more than 40 brand-name prescriptions, and we also promised to pursue discounts for more drugs.
Today, we’re happy to announce new Inside Rx discounts for 6 more brands:
- Colcrys (treats gout): 45% off retail price
- Uloric (treats gout): 16% off retail price
- Amitiza (treats constipation): 40% off retail price
- Dexilant (treats GERD): 40% off retail price
- Trintellix (treats depression): 24% off retail price
- AirDuo Respiclick (treats COPD): just released so no comparison available yet
Like all GoodRx coupons, these new discounts are easy to use—just search for your drug and print out the discount. See More
It’s tough enough to have pain severe enough to be treated with opioid pain medications like Vicodin or Oxycontin—but the side effects can make things even more difficult. Constipation from taking opioid medications can be debilitating and is estimated to affect 40 – 86% of patients using these drugs.
Why do opioids cause constipation?
Constipation from opioid pain meds occurs because of how these medications work. See More
It’s that time again—the new lists of covered and excluded drugs on next year’s insurance plans are out, and it doesn’t look great. For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name and generic drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2016.
Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing about 20 – 30 drugs each from their national preferred formularies at the end of 2015. See More
A low FODMAP diet equals a happy gut for some. FODMAPs are carbohydrates (sugars) found in food. FODMAPs are substances that cause problems in two ways: they aren’t absorbed well so they tend to suck water in to the gut and they stick around longer so they are fermented by bacteria. The result is gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea in some people.
A diet low in fermentable oligo-, di-, and monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs) has been recommended in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). See More
Medications that increase health care costs without improving care are silly, and doctors love to hate ‘em. “PharManure” is the brilliant term used to describe these medications. Here is a list my colleagues and I love to hate: