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How Temozolomide Copay Assistance Works
1 – Check Your Coverage/Benefits Verification
Our team of expert billers finds the best avenues of coverage that minimize out-of-pocket costs.
2 – Transfer Prescription to AmeriPharma
We process your prescription by working with your previous pharmacy or prescriber, making the transition quick and easy.
3 – Prior Authorization
Our team of specialists obtains approval from your insurance companies within 24 to 72 hours.
4 – Copay Assistance & Financial Aid
We secure financial aid and decrease copays, out-of-pocket expenses, and high deductibles. To date, AmeriPharma Specialty Care has secured $55 million in financial assistance for our patients.
5 – Nursing Care Coordination
AmeriPharma puts your schedule and home environment first when scheduling and coordinating one of our specialized nurses for your in-home infusions.
6 – Delivery Coordination
Medications are always delivered in strict compliance with the specific requirements for immune globulin shipping. Next-day and overnight cold-chain deliveries are coordinated around your schedule.
What Is Temozolomide?
Temozolomide is also known by the brand name Temodar. It is an antineoplastic (anti-cancer) drug that belongs to a class called alkylating agents.
Temozolomide is a type of chemotherapy that prevents cancer cells from multiplying and slows down their growth.
What Is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment in which certain drugs are used to kill cancerous cells. These drugs are usually cytotoxic chemical substances that are toxic to the cells, restrict their growth, prevent their division, and ultimately kill the cells.
How Is Temzolomide Used?
Temozolomide is available in the form of oral capsules and as a solution for intravenous infusion. The capsules are available in six different strengths: 5 mg, 20 mg, 100 mg, 140 mg, 180 mg, and 250 mg. The intravenous solution is available in 100 mg strength and contains a polysorbate 80 ingredient.
This medicine needs to be administered on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, contact your physician for instructions. If you vomit right after you take the medicine, do not repeat the dose. Wait until your next scheduled dose and continue therapy as normal.
Store capsules in a cool, dry place at room temperature and ensure the bottle is tightly closed. Store vials for injection in their original containers in the refrigerator. Bring vials to room temperature prior to reconstitution. Vials should be swirled gently and not shaken. Once reconstituted, it must be administered within 14 hours and can be stored at room temperature during that time.
Copay and Financial Assistance
AmeriPharma Specialty Care alleviates financial burdens for patients and their families
Advanced software locates funding sources to match you with top-dollar foundation programs
One of our copay assistance specialists will assist with the application process
Automatic updates will be sent to you and your physician on the status of the funding
Temzolomide Side Effects
Serious side effects include:
- Hair loss
- Liver complications
- Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP)
- Secondary malignancies
- Bone marrow suppression
- Allergic reactions
Other common side effects include:
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Dizziness or fatigue
- Change in appetite
- Muscle or joint pain
- Change in taste
- Dry skin
- Nausea or vomiting
Directions for Use
Food may decrease the absorption of temozolomide. Therefore, it is preferable to take this medication on an empty stomach. If experiencing nausea or vomiting, it may be best to administer on an empty stomach or at bedtime. It should be taken at the same time each day. If taking temozolomide with concurrent radiation therapy, the medication may need to be taken in a fasted state one hour prior to radiotherapy, but verify the correct dose and frequency with your provider. The dose should not be more or less than what is prescribed.
While taking the capsule, swallow it whole; do not open, break, crush, chew, or allow it to be dissolved in your mouth. Swallow the capsules with a full glass of water. If vomiting occurs, do not readminister the dose again and wait until the next scheduled dose. If the capsules are opened or damaged, avoid inhalation or contact with the skin or mucous membranes.
For the intravenous solution, the goal is to infuse over 90 minutes. Flush the line before and after administration. Temozolomide may be administered through the same IV line as normal saline. Do not administer other solutions or medications through the same IV line.