Reduce long-term drug costs and more
Sumatriptan is a generic prescription drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it to treat migraine in adults.
Migraine is a disease that can cause severe headaches and other symptoms, such as nausea. Some people have sensory changes before a headache, called an aura. Sumatriptan can be taken to treat migraine that occurs with or without aura.
Here are some details about sumatriptan:
- Drug class: triptan
- Drug forms:
- Brand versions:
Read on to learn more about sumatriptan and its cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medicines, the cost of sumatriptan can vary. Factors that can affect the price you will pay include your treatment plan, insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
You may also need to purchase needles and syringes if you are using certain injected forms of sumatriptan.
To find out how much sumatriptan costs to you, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or insurer.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the cost of sumatriptan.
Does the cost of sumatriptan vary depending on the form of medicine I am taking (tablet, nasal spray or powder, injection)?
Yes, the cost of sumatriptan can vary depending on what form of medicine you are taking. The cost per pill may be different from the cost per injection, for example.
If you want to know more about the cost of different forms of sumatriptan, talk to your pharmacist. They will probably be able to estimate what you will pay for each form of medication.
How much does sumatriptan cost without insurance?
The cost of sumatriptan with or without insurance may vary. In general, costs are generally higher without insurance. But your pharmacist can help you determine what you’re likely to pay for the drug based on your insurance coverage.
Can the cost of sumatriptan change depending on how much strength I take?
Yes, the cost of sumatriptan can vary depending on how much strength you take.
Sumatriptan is available in the following forms and strengths:
If you want to know more about the costs of different forms and strengths of sumatriptan, talk to your pharmacist. They will likely be able to give you an idea of what you will pay based on your prescription.
Sumatriptan comes in the following branded forms:
- Onzetra Xsail
- Zembrace SymTouch
A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug found in a brand name drug. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original medicine. And generics tend to cost less than brand name drugs. To find out how the cost of a brand name form compares to the cost of sumatriptan, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or insurer.
If your doctor has prescribed sumatriptan for you and you want to use a brand name form instead, talk to your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or another. You will also need to check with your insurer, as they may only cover one or the other.
Read on for some tips on how to cut the long term costs of sumatriptan.
Obtain a 3 month supply
You may be able to get a 90 day supply of sumatriptan. If your insurance company approves it, getting a 90-day supply of the drug could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost. If this option interests you, check with your doctor or insurer.
Using a mail order pharmacy
Sumatriptan may be available at a mail order pharmacy. Using this type of service can help reduce the cost of the medication and allow you to receive your medication without leaving home. Some health insurance plans can help cover the cost of mail order drugs. You can also get a 90-day supply of the drug by mail order.
If you don’t have health insurance, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that might be right for you.
If you need financial support to pay for sumatriptan, consider checking out websites that offer resources and cost information. Two of these organizations are:
These sites can provide details on drug assistance programs, ways to get the most out of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.
Now that you know the cost and sumatriptan, you may still have some questions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized advice on cost issues. If you have health insurance you will need to speak with your insurer to find out the actual cost you would pay for sumatriptan.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
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