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
- ADHD in adults and some children
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.)
Keep reading for details on Vyvanse and cost 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.
To find out how much you’ll pay for Vyvanse, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you need help covering the cost of Vyvanse or understanding your insurance, check out these websites:
On these sites, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.
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 with your doctor or pharmacist.
Below are answers to some common questions about Vyvanse and cost.
How does Vyvanse’s cost without insurance compare with its cost with insurance?
The cost of Vyvanse with no insurance can depend on several factors. Your out-of-pocket cost can vary based on:
- the dosage you’re prescribed
- the quantity you purchase (such as a 30-day or 90-day supply)
- the pharmacy you choose
If Vyvanse is not covered by insurance, it’s a good idea to check with a few pharmacies to find out what they charge.
The cost with insurance depends on the quantity and strength of the drug you’re prescribed, as well as your insurance plan. For instance, depending on your particular plan:
- you may have a set copayment (your share of the cost), or
- you may have to pay a percentage of the cost
In general, you’ll likely pay a higher cost for Vyvanse if you don’t have insurance.
Does the cost of Vyvanse vary depending on the strength (such as 20 mg, 30 mg, or 50 mg)?
Maybe. The cost of your Vyvanse prescription for 20 milligrams (mg) versus 30 mg or 50 mg* may depend on whether you have insurance.
If you have insurance, depending on your insurance plan, you may have a set copayment (your share of the cost) regardless of the strength of Vyvanse. Your insurance provider can give you more information based on your coverage.
If you’re paying out of pocket, your cost may be different based on the drug strength, dosage, and pharmacy you choose. Check with a few pharmacies to compare costs of Vyvanse. Your cost may also depend on whether you use any manufacturer’s savings programs you’re eligible for.
*Vyvanse cannot be split, so always get the specific dosage your doctor prescribes for you.
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 also depends on:
- your dosage
- the quantity you’re prescribed (such as a 30-day or 90-day supply)
- any manufacturer’s savings offers
Your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider (if you have one) can tell you more about your cost for Vyvanse.
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 may be available in the next few years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information 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 ensure that brand-name drugs are safe and effective. This testing can make the drugs expensive. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell the drug for up to 20 years. After that, other drug makers can create generic versions. This competition in the market can lead to lower costs for generics. And because generics have the same ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower generic costs.
If you take Vyvanse long term, you may be able to lower your costs in the following ways:
- 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, talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual price you’ll pay. If you don’t have insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what this drug will cost.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider include:
- How much will my Vyvanse prescription cost per month?
- Would the cost change if my doctor changes my dosage?
- Are there other lower cost generic medications available to treat my condition?
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