Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant)
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Nurtec ODT (rimegepant) is an orally-dissolving tablet that blocks calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptors—and the activity of CGRP is thought to be one of the root causes of migraine pain. You’ll take this at the onset of your migraine, but it can also be taken every other day to prevent migraines before they start. Discuss with your healthcare provider if this is an option for you.
✓ Acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults
✓ Preventative treatment for migraines
|Price with Insurance|
|As little as $0 and applicable copays for the medication|
We also charge a $60 medication consultation, which includes unlimited access to our medical team for a full year.
Please note for the price with insurance that if you are prescribed Nurtec the Nurx customer care team will assist you with signing up for the $0 copay offer, which may cover the cost of your insurance copay.
How Does Nurtec Work?
Nurtec works by changing the natural substances in your brain to help relieve current headaches or common symptoms of migraines, including nausea, pain, or vomiting. Take this pill as soon as you feel a migraine coming on to alleviate these symptoms. Nurtec can also be taken every other day as a preventative migraine treatment. There are eight pills in a blister pack. Remove one from the pack with dry hands and carefully peel back the foil to take out the pill.
It may be tempting to remove the pill by quickly popping it out of the tablet's foil. Don't do this, as this method may damage your pill and keep it from working properly. Once it's removed, place the pill under or over your tongue and let it quickly dissolve in your mouth. The pill and your saliva will work together to moisten the pill and allow you to easily swallow.
There isn't a regular dosage recommendation since you only need to take it when you feel a migraine occurring. Make sure you're not taking over one pill every day, as doctors don't believe it's safe to take over 75 milligrams in 24 hours. Keep all pills sealed in their pack and stored at room temperature.
What makes Nurtec different?
Traditional migraine treatments either prevent migraines from happening or are taken at the onset of a migraine for symptom relief. Nurtec ODT can be used to treat or prevent migraines, so you have more control over your treatment.
Is it Easy to Get Nurtec?
Yes, Nurtec is extremely easy for you to get with the help of a doctor's prescription! Even better, it's covered by most commercial insurances. All you need to do is go online to take our medical assessment and our doctors will review it carefully to determine if Nurtec is right for you. Make sure to list any other medications you take or any preexisting conditions. This helps your doctor best determine if Nurtec is the safest option for you.
What is a Nurtec Copay Card?
Typically the Nurx medical team prescribes generic medications, because they are likely to be covered by insurance with a small copay (or no copay), and are pretty affordable out of pocket. However, if they think it is the best treatment for you, your medical provider might prescribe a patented name brand medication such as the migraine medication Nurtec.
Depending on your insurance plan, Nurtec may be covered with a significant copay, meaning that your plan will pay for some of the medication but expect you to pay for part of it out-of-pocket. If your Nurtec copay will be expensive, you can apply for a “copay card.” This is a discount card that the Nurtec manufacturer offers to help make Nurtec affordable for people who need it.
This medication often requires a prior authorization from insurance, meaning that after our medical team prescribes it, an insurance plan initially rejects it, the pharmacy sends us this notification of the rejection, and then the medical team appeals the rejection on your behalf by explaining to the insurance company that this medication is necessary for you. This process can take several weeks, but If you qualify for the copay card, it will also allow for your first Nurtec prescription to be filled while we wait for any prior authorization to be completed.
Know Your Insurance Plan: It may help to know what your commercial insurance covers and what it doesn’t. In some cases, Nurtec may be considered specialty medication and have specific requirements or eligibility to cover the cost of your medication. Deductibles may have to be met before copays start or copays might occur right away. Get the details from your insurance provider so that you understand how and when you’re covered and whether or not you qualify for assistance. Consult with a team member here at Nurx™ if you need assistance paying for your medication.
Understanding Deductibles and Copays: Discount coupons and copay cards help people afford their medication. Recently, some health plans have decided to no longer count the use of copay cards toward deductibles and out of pocket maximums. Typically, a copay card decreases out of pocket costs for medication while applying the original retail cost toward an individual’s deductible. The increased use of discount copay cards has prompted some insurance companies to adjust policies in order to get some of their cost back. When insurance companies apply an accumulator adjustment the full cost of your medication may not be applied to your deductible. Be informed about how your insurance company counts your copay towards your medication and shop for policies that do not apply an accumulator adjustment.
Are There Any Precautions to Take Before Starting Nurtec?
Before taking this drug, consult with the doctor and let them know of any preexisting medical conditions, especially if you have problems with your kidney or liver. Only take a pill if you're currently experiencing a migraine. It's unknown if Nurtec can treat more than 15 migraines within 30 days, so try to avoid taking that amount within this time frame.
Doctors are also unsure if Nurtec is safe for children to take, so it's best to keep away from children at all times. The medicine may also be dangerous to unborn babies, so let the doctor know if you're pregnant, are trying to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or are hoping to breastfeed soon before receiving the prescription.
Are There Any Common Side Effects?
Though Nurtec provides positive side effects like reducing migraines, pain, and nausea, there are some adverse side effects that may come with it. Side effects are rare but may include allergic reactions like rashes, hives, and swelling of parts of your face like your tongue, throat, or lips. Some of these allergic reactions can be mild, but there's a rare chance they can be severe. Find emergency help the minute you see signs of an allergic reaction.
Can I Take Nurtec with Other Medications?
Nurtec has abnormal reactions to certain drugs like CYP3A4 inhibitors and CYP3A inducers, along with inhibitors of P-gp or BCRP. Let the doctor know if you're taking these so they can recommend an alternative or lower dosage amount. It's commonly suggested to avoid taking Nurtec with any of these drugs altogether. You may not realize that some of your medications may contain these inhibitors, so it's important to tell your doctor about them before they prescribe Nurtec to you.
Though it's not a medication, it's important to note that grapefruit or grapefruit juice can react strongly with Nurtec. Don't take more than one Nurtec pill within 48 hours of eating or drinking grapefruit, as it may reduce the effectiveness of the medication or you may experience negative side effects.
Alerting doctors of all your medications and allergies helps them understand if it's safe to take them with Nurtec. You should even tell the doctor about any vitamins, herbal supplements, or over-the-counter medications. If it turns out you can't take these medications with Nurtec, don't worry. Nurx offers several other migraine solutions you can try.
Is There a Generic Version of Nurtec?
Currently there is not a generic version of Nurtec. Our doctors are more than happy to answer any of your questions if you're unsure about the authenticity of a certain medication.
Who Makes Nurtec?
Biohaven Pharmaceutical creates Nurtec, which was previously called BHV-300. It's the only known Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist that works as an acute treatment for adult migraines. Nurtec is also the first orally disintegrating tablet Biohaven Pharmaceutical makes.
How Long Does it Take for Nurtec to Kick In?
The amount of time it takes for this medication to kick in varies among patients. It can take just a few minutes for some to start feeling relief. For others, it takes about an hour for their migraine to disappear completely. If a few hours have passed without feeling any migraine relief, contact the doctor who prescribed it to you.
When Is the Best Time to Start Taking Nurtec?
Nurtec ODT is the only quick-dissolve tablet that can start fast and last for up to 48 hours, whether you take it during a migraine or before one can strike.
For the acute treatment of migraine attacks when they occur, Nurtec ODT can be taken 1 time each day as needed with pain relief in as little as 60 minutes. You should not take more than 1 tablet in 24 hours.
To prevent migraines before they start, Nurtec ODT should be taken daily.
Is Nurtec a Narcotic?
It's not a narcotic and you don't run the risk of becoming addicted to this drug if you begin taking it. The U.S. Drug and Enforcement Administration doesn't consider it a controlled substance and found it was very well tolerated when patients took it during most trials.
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