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Depression medications can be costly, but you can save money on your meds with a Lexapro coupon. The price of your medicine shouldn’t keep you from receiving the treatment you need to feel better. Read on for tips on how to get a discount on your Lexapro prescription.
Save with generic Lexapro
Don’t look for a Lexapro coupon just yet. Brand-name drugs are the most expensive option. Generic drugs are the lower-cost alternatives, often costing up to 85% less than the name-brand drugs. They cost less because once the patent expires on a drug, other companies are allowed to copy it and produce generic versions at a lower price. While some people may think brand-name drugs are more effective, the generic versions are formulated to be chemically equivalent to the name-brand drugs and must meet the same standards for safety, ingredients, effectiveness and other factors.
The generic version of Lexapro is called escitalopram. Most doctors will write a prescription that allows you to get the generic version filled at the pharmacy. If your doctor writes your prescription for brand-name Lexapro, ask if she will consider writing it for generic escitalopram to help save you money. According to GoodRx, brand-name Lexapro costs upwards of $260 per month, quite a bit more than $9 for escitalopram. If escitalopram is on your health insurance formulary, you may even get it for free at some pharmacies.
No Lexapro coupons from the manufacturer
Some pharmaceutical drug manufacturers offer patient assistance programs or coupons to make brand-name medicine more affordable, but Forest Laboratories, the company that produces Lexapro, currently does not offer coupons or patient assistance programs for that drug.
Other places to find coupons for Lexapro
Although Lexapro’s manufacturer doesn’t offer coupons, there are online coupons available for the drug. Your pharmacy may not accept them, but it’s always worth a try. One place to start is GoodRx.com, which offers printable coupons for Lexapro and escitalopram.
The coupons are free, but if you have health insurance, they cannot be used to lower your copay even if the price indicated on the coupon is lower. Several other websites offer discount coupons for Lexapro, such as RxPharmacyCoupons.com and Drugs.com. You may also be able to use a prescription savings card, such as this one from FamilyWize.
Compare costs at different pharmacies
You can compare prescription drug prices like you would prices for any other item. While costs usually don’t vary too much from place to place, some pharmacies offer lower ones than others. If you’re careful to choose a reliable option, you can also get your prescriptions at a discounted price from an online pharmacy. Some insurance companies have a prescription drug price checker in their online portals that allows you to compare prices at the pharmacies in your area. There are also free online tools that let you compare Lexapro prices near you, such as GoodRx.com or rxpricequotes.com. Finding the lowest price for Lexapro and then using a Lexapro coupon will save you a lot of money.
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