The MyRYTARY Starter Rx Program may give you access to RYTARY at no cost during your initial dose adjustment and coverage determination processes, if you are eligible.
We will contact your insurance provider to help determine your coverage, and help you navigate the approval process through:
Simply download the Patient Enrollment form below and follow the instructions.
If eligible, we may be able to help you find options that make RYTARY more affordable.
* This card is not valid for prescriptions submitted for reimbursement to Medicare, Medicaid, other federal or state programs (including any state pharmaceutical assistance programs), or private indemnity or HMO insurance plans that reimburse you for the entire cost of your prescription drugs. This card is good for use only with a RYTARY prescription at the time the prescription is filled by the pharmacist and dispensed to the patient. Offer good only in the USA at participating retail pharmacies. Void if prohibited by law, taxed, or restricted. The selling, purchasing, trading, or counterfeiting of this card is prohibited by law. This card is good for up to 2 prescription fills per month.
The MyRYTARY Patient Support Program can:
Charitable foundations and other third-party patient support organizations are independent from Amneal. Each third-party organization has its own eligibility criteria and evaluation process, and Amneal cannot guarantee that a patient will receive assistance.
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The right diet and medications are essential to your physical health, but it’s important to consider your emotional health as well. Stress can aggravate PD symptoms, but focusing on your strengths, nurturing relationships and staying as active as possible may help you cope.
Remember, the more involved you are in your treatment, the more control and power you may have over your daily life. Talk to your doctor about making practical lifestyle changes that may improve your PD symptoms.
Taking care of your health is a team effort. This team includes you, your doctor, your family, and any other friends or care partners who may support you. Good communication may help you stay on top of your condition and builds a foundation for helping you to remain optimistic. Be sure to tell your family and care partners as much as you can about how you are feeling so they can assist you.
Whatever steps you take to treat your condition, it's important to create a strong support system around you. This could be your family friends, members of your community, support groups, online associations, and, of course, your healthcare team. Studies show that social support is key for maintaining your physical and mental health. When it comes to Parkinson's, know that you are not alone.
Young children, whether they're told about your condition or begin to notice it themselves, may have a variety of reactions. They may be confused or worried. They may want to know why you have Parkinson's disease, if they'll get it, or what will happen in the future. They'll most likely ask many questions. Be prepared to answer them calmly and clearly. Be realistic yet optimistic, and let them know what they can do to help.
It's important for everyone to feel comfortable and secure in his or her own home, especially for those experiencing the challenges of Parkinson's disease. That's why it can be helpful to look over your home to make sure it's a safe living space for you and your family members.
Whether it's you or your family member living with Parkinson's, the goal is to make your home as safe and secure as possible for all. Remember to put yourself in their shoes.
Lastly, creating a safe home for you or your loved one with Parkinson's disease does not have to be overwhelming. Remember to take it one room at a time. It can also be a great opportunity to help educate family members about the challenges of Parkinson's disease by making it a family project and having everyone take a task to help.
Do not take RYTARY with antidepressant medications known as nonselective monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors because taking these two drugs within two weeks of each other can result in high blood pressure.
Taking RYTARY may result in falling asleep while engaged in normal activities, even without warning and as late as one year after starting to take RYTARY. Other sedating medicines and alcohol taken together with RYTARY may have additional sedative effects. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any kind of sleep disorder or are experiencing drowsiness or sleepiness.
Some side effects of taking RYTARY including sleepiness and dizziness may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. Do not drive a car, operate a machine, or do anything that requires you to be alert until you know how RYTARY affects you.
Talk to your healthcare provider before you lower the dose or stop taking RYTARY, as this may result in serious side effects. Call your healthcare provider immediately if you develop withdrawal symptoms such as fever, confusion, or severe muscle stiffness.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have any heart conditions, especially if you have had a heart attack or experience irregular heartbeat. Some people with a history of or risk factors for heart disease have experienced heart problems while taking RYTARY.
Some patients taking RYTARY can experience hallucinations (unreal visions, sounds, or sensations) or abnormal thoughts and behaviors (such as excessive suspicion, believing things that are not real, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, and disorganized thinking). If you have hallucinations or abnormal thoughts or behaviors, talk with your healthcare provider.
Some patients taking certain medicines to treat Parkinson’s disease have intense urges to gamble, increased sexual urges, other intense urges, and the inability to control those urges. If you or your family members notice that you are developing unusual urges or behaviors, talk to your healthcare provider.
Tell your healthcare provider if abnormal involuntary movements appear or get worse during treatment with RYTARY.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had an ulcer, because RYTARY may increase your chances of having bleeding in your stomach.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have glaucoma, because RYTARY may increase the pressure in your eyes.
Parkinson’s disease patients are at an increased risk of developing melanoma, a form of skin cancer. See your healthcare provider for regular skin examinations when taking RYTARY.
The most common side effects that may occur with RYTARY include nausea, dizziness, headache, sleeplessness, abnormal dreams, dry mouth, abnormal involuntary movements, anxiety, constipation, vomiting, and low blood pressure upon rising. Rise slowly after sitting or lying down for a prolonged period.
In post marketing use, some patients taking RYTARY have experienced suicidal thoughts or have attempted suicide. A causal relationship has not been established. Tell your healthcare provider if you have thoughts of suicide or have attempted suicide.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects while taking RYTARY. He or she can make adjustments that may reduce these effects.
Notify your healthcare provider if you become pregnant or intend to become pregnant during therapy or if you intend to breast-feed or are breast-feeding an infant.
Make sure you tell your healthcare provider about all of the prescription and non-prescription medications you take, including supplements, and especially those for Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, blood pressure, abnormal thoughts, tuberculosis, and sleep problems, and supplements containing iron. Do not take other carbidopa-levodopa preparations with RYTARY without consulting your healthcare provider.
Be sure to take your medicine as instructed. You may take RYTARY with or without food; however, taking RYTARY with food may decrease or delay its effect. For this reason consider taking the first dose of the day about 1 to 2 hours before eating. Swallow RYTARY whole; do not chew, divide, or crush. If you have difficulty swallowing the capsule, twist apart both halves and sprinkle the entire contents of both halves of the capsule on a small amount of applesauce (1 to 2 tablespoons). Consume the mixture immediately. Do not store the drug/food mixture for future use.
Note: The above information for patients being treated with RYTARY is intended to aid in the safe and effective use of this medication. It is not a disclosure of all possible adverse or intended effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS contact Amneal Specialty, a division of Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC at 1-877-994-6729.
RYTARY is a prescription medication that contains a combination of carbidopa and levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s disease caused by infection or inflammation of the brain, or Parkinson’s disease resulting from carbon monoxide or manganese poisoning.
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