If you’re taking an opioid medication, you may want to learn more about Narcan (naloxone).

Narcan is a drug that’s used to treat opioid overdose, whether known or suspected, in adults and children. While your doctor may prescribe this drug to you, it’s also available behind the counter. This means a pharmacist may be able to dispense the drug to you without a prescription from your doctor.

Narcan comes as a nasal spray. Its active ingredient is naloxone. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) A generic version of Narcan that contains naloxone is also available.

Narcan cost and how to save money are some of the things you can read about.

Note: For more details on Narcan, see this in-depth article.

The price you pay for Narcan nasal spray can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.

Talk to your doctor, pharmacy, or insurance provider to find out how much Narcan will cost.

Note: If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover Narcan. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Narcan in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Narcan requires prior authorization and you do not receive it before you start treatment, you could pay the full cost of the drug.

Ask your insurance company if Narcan requires prior authorization.

There are answers to some frequently asked questions.

How much does Narcan cost without insurance vs. with insurance?

Narcan is covered by many insurance providers. Check with your insurance provider to see if your plan covers the cost of the drug.

“If you don’t have insurance, your pharmacy can tell you how much Narcan costs. The cost of the medication can be different depending on the pharmacy you use.”

The section titled “Can I get help paying for Narcan?” can be found below. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about other cost-saving resources that are offered by some states.

Does the cost of Narcan depend on the strength (2 mg or 4 mg)?

Narcan is the only strength available. It used to come in a 2-mg strength. The cost of the 4-mg nasal spray can vary depending on whether you have health insurance or not.

If you have insurance, your provider can let you know how much you will pay for Narcan.

“If you don’t have insurance, your pharmacy can give you Narcan’s cost. The cost for the drug may vary at different stores.”

Is Narcan available over the counter (OTC)? If so, what’s the cost?

Narcan is not available as an OTC drug in the US. It is available at the counter and by prescription. A pharmacy may be able to give Narcan to you without a prescription. All 50 states have a pharmacy that sells Narcan and its generic counterpart, naloxone. Talk to your pharmacist about more information.

If you receive Narcan from a pharmacy, they can give you more information about the cost. The price can be different at the pharmacy.

The generic version of Narcan is called Naloxone and it is a spray. The generic drug has the same active ingredient as the brand-name version. A generic is just as effective as the original drug. Generic drugs are usually cheaper than brand-name drugs.

Talk to your doctor, pharmacy, or insurance provider to find out how Narcan and naloxone compare to other drugs.

If you have been prescribed Narcan and you would like to use it instead, you should talk to your doctor. They may prefer that you take one version. You will need to check with your insurance provider. It may only cover one drug.

Why is there such a cost difference between brand-name drugs and generics?

“Years of research and testing are needed to make sure that brand-name drugs are safe and effective. The drugs can be expensive if they are tested. The manufacturer of a drug can sell it for 20 years. Generic versions can be created by other drugmakers after that. The market can lead to lower prices for generics. Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, so they don’t need to be studied again. This can lead to lower costs.”

If you need help understanding your insurance, check out these websites.

You can find information on insurance, drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards on these sites.

If you have questions about how to pay, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. State programs or organizations in your area may cover the cost of this drug. Your doctor or pharmacist should be able to give you more information.

If you still have questions about the cost of Narcan, you can talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what you will pay. If you have health insurance, you will need to talk to your insurance provider to learn the actual cost of Narcan.

You can ask your doctor or insurance provider questions.

  • Is Narcan ever cost-free?
  • Is the generic Narcan cheaper than the generic naloxone?
  • Where can I find help paying for Narcan in state assistance programs?
  • “Is the cost of Narcan different if I have a prescription than if I don’t?”

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