Vyvanse and Cost: What You Need to Know
If you’re looking at treatment options for an eating disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may want to learn more about Vyvanse and cost factors. It’s a prescription drug used to treat:
- moderate to severe binge eating disorder in adults
- Some people have attention deficit disorder.
Vyvanse comes in capsule and chewable tablet form, both of which are taken by mouth. It contains the active ingredient lisdexamfetamine. (The active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)
You can read about Vyvanse and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on Vyvanse, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Vyvanse 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 Vyvanse will cost.
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.
A Vyvanse savings card may also be available to help you with the cost of this drug. The savings copay card can help with copay assistance for Vyvanse for those with or without insurance. To find out if you’re eligible to participate in this program, visit the manufacturer’s website.
If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
There are answers to some questions about Vyvanse.
How does Vyvanse’s cost without insurance compare with its cost with insurance?
The cost of Vyvanse can be affected by a number of factors. Your out-of-pocket cost can be different.
- The amount of medicine you are prescribed.
- The quantity you purchase is the same as the one you bought.
- The pharmacy you choose.
If Vyvanse is not covered by insurance, it is a good idea to check with a few pharmacies to find out what they charge.
The cost with insurance depends on the strength of the drug you are prescribed and the insurance plan you have. Depending on your plan.
- you may have a set copayment (your share of the cost), or
- You may have to pay a percentage of the cost.
“If you don’t have insurance, you’ll pay a higher cost for Vyvanse.”
Does the cost of Vyvanse vary depending on the strength (such as 20 mg, 30 mg, or 50 mg)?
Maybe. If you have insurance, the cost of your Vyvanse prescription may be different.
If you have insurance, you may have a set copayment, regardless of the strength of Vyvanse. Your insurance provider can give you more information.
“If you choose a pharmacy that you like, your cost may be different. You can compare the costs of Vyvanse with a few pharmacies. If you use any manufacturer’s savings programs, your cost may be different.”
Vyvanse cannot be split, so always get the exact dose your doctor prescribes.
What is Vyvanse’s price in the U.S.?
Vyvanse’s price in the U.S. depends on certain factors, such as if you have insurance or are paying out of pocket. If you have insurance, you can enter the information on the manufacturer’s website to find your copay amount. If you don’t have insurance, your cost can vary based on the pharmacy you use.
Your cost is also dependent on:
- Your dose.
- The quantity is prescribed.
- Any manufacturer has savings offers.
“If you have an insurance provider, they can tell you more about Vyvanse’s cost.”
Vyvanse is only available as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available as a generic. A generic medication contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication but usually costs less.
A generic version of Vyvanse is possible in the near future. Ask your doctor or pharmacist more about this.
Why is there such a difference in the cost of brand-name drugs vs. generic drugs?
“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 drug makers. The market can lead to lower prices for generics. Generics have the same ingredients as brand-name drugs, so they don’t need to be studied again. This can lead to lower costs.”
If you take Vyvanse long term, you can lower your costs.
- Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication. You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Vyvanse if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of the drug. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of Vyvanse, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
- Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication. Using a mail-order pharmacy might help reduce your cost for Vyvanse. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs, and you may be able to get a 90-day supply this way. If you don’t have health insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could work for you.
“If you still have questions about the cost of Vyvanse, you can talk to your insurance provider. If you don’t have insurance, talk to your doctor. They may be able to give you a better idea of the cost.”
You can ask your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider questions.
- How much will my prescription cost?
- Would the cost change if my doctor changed my dose?
- Is there any other generic medications that are cheaper?
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