Belsomra (suvorexant) is a prescription drug that’s used to treat insomnia. Belsomra’s cost with and without insurance may depend on several factors, including your dosage and the pharmacy you use.
Belsomra is used to treat insomnia in adults who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
The active ingredient in Belsomra is suvorexant. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)
The drug comes as a tablet that you swallow. For more details on Belsomra, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Belsomra 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 Belsomra, 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 Belsomra. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Belsomra in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Belsomra 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 Belsomra requires prior authorization.
Belsomra only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available in a generic version. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. Generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
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 drugmaker 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.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Belsomra and cost.
Is Belsomra covered by insurance?
It’s possible. Some health insurance plans may cover the cost of Belsomra. If you have health insurance, you can reach out to your plan provider to find out whether Belsomra is covered under your benefits. In some cases, your plan may have a prior authorization requirement before they cover Belsomra. (To learn more about prior authorization, see the “How much does Belsomra cost?” section above.)
Your doctor or pharmacist can also provide more information about your insurance coverage and Belsomra.
Is there a coupon available for Belsomra?
You can also ask your doctor, pharmacist, or your health insurance provider for more information about the savings program.
If you take Belsomra long term, you may be able to lower your cost by using a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication.
Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for Belsomra. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. 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 need help covering the cost of Belsomra 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.
If you still have questions about the cost of Belsomra, 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 Belsomra.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Does the cost of Belsomra depend on my dosage?
- How does the cost of Belsomra compare to Dayvigo?
- What options do I have if I can’t afford Belsomra?
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