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Levemir Prescription Assistance Program

Diabetes can get expensive. The cost of insulin, needles, and blood glucose monitors can seriously hurt your wallet and can make life more difficult than it has to be. This is where The Rx Helper steps in. We help facilitate and expedite the process of applying to prescription assistance programs, programs which help uninsured and under-insured Americans obtain the medication they need to live a healthy life. Levemir is a life-saving chemical version of the natural human hormone insulin, and is taken by millions of people daily to help with the treatment of their diabetes.

What is Levemir?

Levemir is the brand name for insulin detemir, which is a recombinant human insulin analog that mimics the action of the natural human hormone insulin. Insulin detemir differs slightly than the natural human hormone, however. The amino acid threonine in position B30 is omitted, and a C14 fatty acid chain has been attached to the amino acid B29. This chemical modification of insulin allows the insulin to be administered once to twice daily. If taken once daily, it is recommended that the insulin should be taken at bedtime or during an evening meal.

Blood glucose monitoring is always a necessary activity of anyone afflicted with diabetes, and there is no substitute for being careful. Levemir can be injected subcutaneously in the abdominal wall, upper arm, or thigh. The rate of absorption is affected by individual factors, such as activity level, stress, other illnesses, or changes in medication or meal patterns.

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Levemir Side Effects

Levemir may have side effects. The most common side effects of Levemir include hypoglycemia, hypersensitivity, and allergic reactions. Other side effects include respiratory tract infection, headache, influenza-like-illness, abdominal pain, and pharyngitis. Less common side effects include bronchitis, gastroenteritis, back pain, and upper respiratory tract infection.

Need Help Paying for Levemir?

The Rx Helper helps! We provide thousands of Americans the ability to afford otherwise unaffordable medications. By working with pharmaceutical companies, health care providers, community groups, and doctors, we get you set up with a prescription assistance program that fits your needs. Often times, the prescription assistance application process can be difficult and time-consuming. Many people choose not to try prescription assistance programs for this reason. Our mission is to ease the difficulty of this arduous affair. If you are a low-to-moderate income American, or are uninsured or under-insured, we may be able to help. Our mission is to get Americans the medications they need through patient assistance and boost the enrollment of Americans in need.

Lantus Prescription Assistance

Diabetes 101

Whether you have type I or type II diabetes, there is an underlying inability of the body to uptake sugar into the cells. This can result either from type I diabetes, which is autoimmune in nature, or type II diabetes, which involves insulin resistance. Insulin is produced in the body’s pancreas and is released in response to increased levels of glucose in the bloodstream. Insulin stimulates cells, primarily muscle tissue, to uptake the simple sugar (monomer) glucose and use it for cellular functions. This reduces the levels of blood glucose. Amounts of free glucose in the bloodstream must be tightly regulated by the body, as hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) can lead to complications such as blood vessel damage and resulting tissue starvation and injury. This is why injectable insulin medications for diabetes such as Lantus (insulin glargine) or Humilin are key to diabetes management.

Type I Diabetes

Type I diabetes is a condition where the body’s ability to produce its own insulin has been compromised or destroyed. It is usually early-onset, which is why type I diabetes used to be commonly referred to as childhood-onset diabetes. Most often with type I, the body fails to properly recognize the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas as belonging to “self.” When this occurs, the immune system mounts a campaign to destroy these cells, which are perceived as invaders. The autoimmune (or “self-immune”) reaction leading to type I diabetes destroys the body’s capacity to create the vital hormone insulin. After the condition has fully developed, the type I diabetes patient is reliant on exogenous (out-of-body) insulin like in order to function.

What Is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance can be defined as a pathological condition in which cells fail to respond normally to the hormone insulin. In type II diabetes, the body still produces its own insulin in what should be adequate amounts. However, any number of mechanisms can make the cells which usually recognize insulin unable to do so efficiently enough. Genetic, environmental, nutritional and other factors can lead to the type of insulin resistance found in type II diabetes. So, while the pancreas is releasing insulin to allow cells to take in glucose, the cells themselves no longer have insulin sensitivity. As a result, a large amount of glucose remains in the bloodstream. This can cause a number of varied problems, and the symptoms caused by this excess bloodsugar usually leads to the initial diagnosis of diabetes.

How can Lantus Help?

Both of these conditions lead to the diabetes symptoms of increased appetite (polyphagia), increased thirst (polydipsia), and increased urination (polyuria.) These early but lasting symptoms may seem manageable but they herald more serious damage occurring in the body. Lantus (insulin glargine) is a popular, well-tolerated, long-acting insulin which reduces the need for frequent injections. It manages the levels of blood glucose all day. Instead of having peaks and troughs in blood glucose and insulin levels, this steady-release formula is injected under the skin and released slowly by the body. The ease of use and reduction of difficulty in managing diabetes as a result of using Lantus makes it a top-selling pharmaceutical.

Diabetic Prescription Assistance

If your financial situation or a lack of health insurance makes paying for your diabetes medication prescription difficult, you may be eligible for help from The Rx Helper. We work with government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and nonprofit groups to make sure you can afford your medications. There are over 700 patient assistance programs, each for a specific prescription. We charge a monthly fee which is a fraction of the cost of out of pocket prescription costs to help you navigate, apply for and be approved for prescription assistance. Little or no insurance coverage and a low income, along with a physician’s prescription for the needed medication are good indicators that you may qualify for Lantus prescription assistance.

If you think you qualify for assistance, contact us today!

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The Cost of Lantus Insulin

Imagine that you have the common cold every month. Now imagine a bottle of cough syrup costing anywhere between $270 to $400. This is the reality that uninsured diabetics face when it comes to purchasing insulin. The cost of medication without insurance can add up very quickly: syringes, blood glucose testing equipment and the cost of the insulin itself can be staggering as a necessary monthly expense. Some diabetics are paying more for Lantus insulin than they are for food each month. Doctors regularly report low levels of medication adherence due to the actual cost of the drug, even though it can help people with diabetes live a comfortable life. 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can be inherited or developed later in life. It impairs the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin, which can result in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. Basically, the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Because of this, sugars begin to build up in the blood, resulting in serious health complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Living with diabetes can place an enormous burden on the entire family: “Annually, diabetes costs the American public more than $245 billion (”.

What’s the cure?

Technically, there is none. While diabetes can go into remission, most diabetics will need a synthetic form of insulin to combat the condition. Other factors such as exercise and diet can dramatically improve or worsen the condition of the patient as well. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer produces the insulin your body needs to use blood sugar for energy. This type of diabetes requires insulin injections or the installation of an insulin pump. This disease also requires a watchful eye over blood glucose levels through the use of glucometers or continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS). With type 2 diabetes, diet and exercise changes are usually enough to keep the disease under control. If diet and exercise are not enough, insulin and other drugs may be introduced into the patient’s daily regimen.

Why is insulin so expensive?

Essentially, demand for the drug has skyrocketed in the past 30 years, while the cost of production has stayed the same. In the 1970’s, scientists synthesized a new type of insulin through a technique called recombinant DNA technology. This process uses human DNA to create the insulin needed and to reduce complications caused by earlier forms of the drug. Lantus is the most popular form of insulin in the United States and is used to treat both diabetes type 1 and 2. Lantus has no generic equivalent, so users must always pay the premium price for this medication. While there are alternatives, many people with diabetes prefer Lantus over other insulin medications due to individual reasons (how it makes them feel, sometimes Lantus works better for them personally etc.).

Treatment for type 1 and type 2 diabetes

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If a patient is uninsured, Lantus can cost hundreds of dollars per month. This is not affordable – or reasonable – for many of the people that live with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Using coupons and prescription assistance programs can dramatically reduce the cost of Lantus insulin, making it a very affordable medication for diabetics in America. The Rx Helper was founded to help solve these types of financial problems caused by the American health care system. We provide prescription assistance for people in need of Lantus and other medications by working with you and various health care providers. We believe that everyone has a right to affordable medication and healthcare, with insulin being no exception.

What is prescription assistance?

If you can’t afford the drugs you need due to a lack of health insurance or your financial situation, you may be eligible for an assistance program like ours. We work with pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit groups and state governments to make sure you get the drugs you need for little to no money. We charge a monthly service fee that is a fraction of the price of uninsured prescription drugs. Patient assistance programs are offered by nonprofit organizations and major drug manufacturers because they recognize the need for Americans to be able to afford needed medications. There are over 700 patient assistance programs due to the fact that each one offers help for a specific prescription.

Do I qualify?

These programs are meant for people who cannot afford medications or health insurance. There are strict qualifications because there have been abuses of the system in thpast. Eligibility for assistance programs usually require that a patient is a citizen of the United States of America, over the age of 18, and has absolutely no prescription insurance coverage. The patient must also have a prescription written by a physician for each medication received through one of the programs and also be living under the annual federal poverty income rate. If you think you qualify for assistance, contact us today!

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