Navigating Epilepsy: The Road Ahead

What if I cannot afford my epilepsy medication?

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In these tough economic times, everyone is having to make some cut backs.  For some, that may mean skipping an evening out a restaurant, or not buying that new pair of shoes. But what if that means your epilepsy medications?  One medication alone can be quite costly, and often time people are prescribed more than one, which means the cost can really add up.  An important component of seizure management is taking your medications regularly, and exactly as prescribed by your epileptologist or neurologist, without missing doses.  But what if you simply cannot afford the costly monthly payments? Should you simply give up and not take the medication you need?  No!! There is help, if you know where to look!

One of the first options is to contact the pharmaceutical company that makes your particular medication.  Many pharmaceutical companies offer what are known as “prescription assistance” programs, which may include reduced costs, coupons, or even free supplies.  Below is a list of some of the most common brand name anti-epileptic drugs and their corresponding pharmaceutical companies.  If you are currently prescribed one of these medications, try contacting the associated program to see if you qualify for help.

Acthar Gel (ACTH)
Questcor Pharmaceuticals

www.questcor.com

(888) 435-2284

Banzel

Eisai Neurology Patient Assistance Program
www.rxassist.org
(866) 694-2550

Carbatrol

Shire Pharmaceuticals Carbatrol Patient Assistance Program
www.patientassistance.com
(888) 227-3755

Depakene, Depakote, and Depakote ER

Abbott Patient Assistance
www.DepakoteER.com
(800) 222-6885

 Diastat AcuDial Rectal Gel

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program
www.rxhope.com/valeant
(800) 511-2120

Dilantin

Pfizer Helpful Answers
www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com
(800) 707-8990 or (866)706-2400

Felbatol

Meda Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program
www.medapharma.us  or www.felbatol.com
(800) 678-4657 or (800) 526-3840

Gabitril

CephalonCares Foundation Patient Assistance Program
www.cephaloncares.com
(877) 237-4881

Keppra, Keppra XR 

UCB Patient Assistance Program
www.patientassistance.com
(866) 395-8366

Lamictal and Lamictal XR

GlaxoSmithKline Bridges to Access
www.BridgesToAccess.com
(866) 728-4368

Lyrica

Pfizer Helpful Answers
www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com
(800) 707-8990 or (866)706-2400

Mysoline

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program
www.rxhope.com/valeant
(800) 511-2120

Neurontin 

Pfizer Helpful Answers
www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com
(800) 707-8990 or (866)706-2400

Sabril

Lundbeck’s SHARE Call Center
www.lundbeckshare.com
(888) 457- 4273

Tegretol, Tegretol XR 

Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation Program
www.patientassistance.com
(800) 277-2254

Topamax

Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation
www.jjpaf.org  or www.access2wellness.com
(800) 652-6227 or (800) 523-5870

 Trileptal

Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation Program
www.patientassistance.com
(800) 277-2254

Vimpat

UCB Patient Assistance Program
www.patientassistance.com
(866) 395-8366

VNS Therapy Access Program

www.cyberonics.com
(877) 610-1180

The B.J. Wilder VNS Therapy Access Program (VTAP)

1-877-610-1180

Zarontin

Pfizer Helpful Answers
www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com
(800) 707-8990 or (866)706-2400

Zonegran

Eisai Neurology Patient Assistance Program
www.rxassist.org
(866) 694-2550

If your prescription is for a generic medication, such as the ones listed below, contact:

Carbamazepine, Clonazepam, Clorazepate, Diazepam, Divalproex, Gabapentin, Lamotrigine, Lorazepam, Levetiracetam, Phenytoin, Phenobarbital, Topiramate, or Zonisamide

 Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services

Rx Outreach Medications
(800) 769-3880

Or

Xubex Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program
www.xubex.com
(866) 699-8239

 

If your medication is not listed here, or you contacted the pharmaceutical company and where not able to obtain assistance, do not give up hope. Here are a few other options you should try:

 

Information on available patient assistance programs: 

www.together-rx.com

 Information on patient assistance programs for each medication: 

www.pparx.org or www.rxhope.com

For those who cannot afford their prescription medications:

www.needymeds.org
www.PatientAssistance.com
Email: info@rxassist.org

 Partnership for Prescription Assistance 

www.helpingpatients.org

 

Although this list is not exhaustive, it goes to show that there are a large number of possible options out there.  So, if you do not have luck with the first program you call, do not get discouraged!  Look around, call all of the general program above, contact your local government, even your church.  There are many people and programs out there who want and can help, but first, you have to ask! Good luck!!


 


3 Responses to “What if I cannot afford my epilepsy medication?”

  1. Salvador says:

    To whom it may concern,
    I am in need of assistance/medications for my epilepsy please e-mail back. Thank you.

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