Ciprofloxacin is a generic prescription drug used to treat certain types of bacterial infections. The drug’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, the form you’re prescribed, and whether you have health insurance.

The price you pay for ciprofloxacin can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use. In certain cases, your cost may also depend on how much you have to pay to receive ciprofloxacin injections at a hospital or clinic.

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Ciprofloxacin is a generic drug. 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.

Ciprofloxacin comes in brand-name versions called Cipro, Cetraxal otic solution, and Ciloxan ophthalmic solution. To find out how the costs of these brand-name versions and ciprofloxacin compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you’ve been prescribed ciprofloxacin and you’re interested in a brand-name version instead, talk with your doctor. They may recommend one version instead of the other. You’ll also 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 exclusively 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 take ciprofloxacin 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 ciprofloxacin if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of ciprofloxacin. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication. Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for ciprofloxacin. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug through mail order. 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 ciprofloxacin 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 ciprofloxacin and cost.

How much does ciprofloxacin cost without insurance?

The cost of ciprofloxacin without insurance depends on several factors. But in general, your cost will be higher without insurance.

Your cost for ciprofloxacin may depend on factors such as:

  • your treatment plan and dosage
  • whether you qualify for any savings programs
  • the form of the drug you’re prescribed
  • the pharmacy you choose
  • whether you need to receive ciprofloxacin injections at a hospital or clinic

To find out the exact cost of ciprofloxacin without insurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Also, you may want to check with a few pharmacies to compare prices.

You can also visit Optum Perks* to get price estimates for ciprofloxacin when you use coupons from the site. It’s important to note that Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with any insurance copays or benefits.

* Optum Perks is a sister site of Healthline.

Does the oral tablet form of ciprofloxacin cost less than the ear drops?

It’s possible. The cost of ciprofloxacin oral tablet compared with the cost of the ear drops can depend on various factors.

For example, if you don’t have insurance, the cost of ciprofloxacin ear drops will likely be higher than the cost of oral tablets. This is because the ear drops are only available as the brand-name drug Cetraxal. But if you have health insurance, your cost for either form may be similar.

Other factors that may affect your cost include:

  • your treatment plan
  • the pharmacy you choose
  • whether you qualify for any cost savings programs

To learn more about how the costs of ciprofloxacin oral tablets and ear drops compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacy, or insurance provider (if you have one). They can tell you the exact cost of each.

If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover ciprofloxacin. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss ciprofloxacin in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If ciprofloxacin 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 ciprofloxacin requires prior authorization.

If you still have questions about the cost of ciprofloxacin, 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 price you’d pay for ciprofloxacin.

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

  • How does the cost of ciprofloxacin compare with that of levofloxacin?
  • What are my options if I can’t afford ciprofloxacin?
  • Is the cost of ciprofloxacin oral tablets the same as the cost of the oral suspension?

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Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.