Auvi-Q (epinephrine) is a prescription drug used to treat severe allergic reactions. Auvi-Q’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.

Auvi-Q is prescribed for adults and certain children to treat severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.

The active ingredient in Auvi-Q is epinephrine. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Auvi-Q comes in a single-dose prefilled auto-injector. It’s a liquid solution you inject into your thigh.

For more details on Auvi-Q, see this in-depth article.

The price you pay for Auvi-Q can vary. It may depend on your insurance coverage (if you have it) and the pharmacy you use. Your cost may also depend on whether you inject your dose of Auvi-Q yourself or are given the injection in a hospital by a healthcare professional.

To find out how much you’ll pay for Auvi-Q, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

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

Be sure to ask your insurance company whether Auvi-Q requires prior authorization.

Auvi-Q is available as the generic drug epinephrine. A generic contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. A generic is considered just as safe and effective as the original drug but tends to cost less.

To find out how the costs of Auvi-Q and epinephrine injections compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you’ve been prescribed Auvi-Q and you’re interested in trying generic epinephrine instead, talk with your doctor. They may prefer that you take one version instead of the other. In addition, you’ll need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one drug or the other.

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

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 drugmakers can create generic versions. This competition in the market can lead to lower costs for generics. And because generics have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower generic costs.

If you need help covering the cost of Auvi-Q or understanding your insurance, check out these resources:

On these sites, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.

If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Auvi-Q and cost.

How does the cost of Auvi-Q compare with that of similar drugs, such as EpiPen?

The cost of Auvi-Q (epinephrine) compared with the cost of other similar medications, such as EpiPen (epinephrine), can depend on several factors. These may include:

  • whether you qualify for any savings programs available for the drug you’re prescribed
  • whether you have insurance or are paying out of pocket

If you have questions about the cost of Auvi-Q compared with the cost of similar medications, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider. They can share more details on treatment costs based on your specific situation.

How much does Auvi-Q cost without insurance?

What you’ll pay for Auvi-Q without insurance depends on several factors. Generally, your cost will be higher without insurance. Factors that could affect your cost include:

  • whether you qualify for any savings programs
  • the pharmacy you use
  • whether you inject Auvi-Q yourself or receive injections at a hospital or doctor’s office

To find out the exact cost of Auvi-Q without insurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

You may want to check with a few pharmacies to compare prices. You can also visit Optum Perks* to get price estimates for Auvi-Q if you use coupons from the site. It’s important to note that Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with any insurance copays or benefits.

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If you still have questions about the cost of Auvi-Q, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what you’ll pay for this drug. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Auvi-Q.

Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:

  • How does the cost of Auvi-Q compare with generic epinephrine?
  • Would my Medicare plan cover the cost of Auvi-Q?
  • What are my options if I can’t afford my medication?

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