If you’re looking at treatment options for muscle spasms you may want to learn more about cyclobenzaprine (Amrix, Fexmid). It’s a generic prescription drug used along with physical therapy and rest to relieve muscle spasms related to muscle injuries in adults and some children.
Amrix and Fexmid are the brand-name versions of cyclobenzaprine, which belongs to a group of drugs called muscle relaxers.
Cyclobenzaprine comes as tablets and extended-release capsules that you swallow. The tablets are approved for use in adults and children ages 15 years and older. But the extended-release capsules are only approved for use in adults.
Keep reading for details on cyclobenzaprine and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on cyclobenzaprine, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for cyclobenzaprine can vary. It may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use. To find out how much you’ll pay for cyclobenzaprine, 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 cyclobenzaprine. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss cyclobenzaprine in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If cyclobenzaprine 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 cyclobenzaprine requires prior authorization.
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Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about cyclobenzaprine and cost.
How much does cyclobenzaprine cost without insurance?
Drug costs are usually higher without insurance. If you don’t have insurance, your out-of-pocket cost for cyclobenzaprine can vary. It will depend on:
- your treatment plan
- the form of the drug you take
- your dosage
- the pharmacy you use
Talk with your pharmacist if you have questions about the cost of cyclobenzaprine without insurance.
What’s the cost of the cyclobenzaprine 10-mg tablet?
Cyclobenzaprine tablets come in the following strengths:
- 5 milligrams (mg)
- 7.5 mg
- 10 mg
The 10-mg cyclobenzaprine tablets usually cost more than the lower strength tablets. But your cost will depend on the pharmacy you use, whether you have insurance, and if so – what your particular insurance plan benefits are.
Talk with your pharmacist or insurance provider for your exact cost of cyclobenzaprine 10-mg tablets.
Cyclobenzaprine is a generic drug. This means it 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 usually costs less.
Cyclobenzaprine comes in the following brand-name versions:
- Amrix extended-release capsules
- Fexmid tablets
To find out how the costs of Amrix, Fexmid, and cyclobenzaprine compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you’ve been prescribed cyclobenzaprine and you’re interested in using Amrix or Fexmid, talk with your doctor. They may prefer that you take 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 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 cyclobenzaprine 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 cyclobenzaprine, 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 cyclobenzaprine.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Is there a difference in price between cyclobenzaprine tablets and cyclobenzaprine extended-release capsules?
- Do different strengths of cyclobenzaprine have different costs?
- If I can’t afford my medication, what other options do I have?
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