Fluoxetine is a generic prescription drug used to treat specific mental health conditions. Fluoxetine’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.

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Fluoxetine is a generic drug. A generic contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. (An active drug is the ingredient that makes a drug work.) A generic is considered just as safe and effective as the original drug but tends to cost less.

Fluoxetine comes in a brand-name version called Prozac. To find out how the costs of Prozac and fluoxetine compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you’ve been prescribed fluoxetine and you’re interested in taking Prozac instead, talk with your doctor. They may recommend 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 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 fluoxetine 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 fluoxetine if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of the drug. If you’re interested in a 90-day supply of fluoxetine, 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 fluoxetine. 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 fluoxetine 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 fluoxetine and cost.

How much does fluoxetine cost without insurance?

The cost of fluoxetine without insurance depends on several factors. But it’s likely your cost will be higher without it.

Your cost for fluoxetine 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 use
  • the supply of medication you’re prescribed (such as a 30-day or 90-day supply)

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

You can also visit Optum Perks* to get price estimates for fluoxetine 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 fluoxetine 20 mg cost less than fluoxetine 40 mg?

The cost of different strengths of fluoxetine may differ. Fluoxetine capsules come in three different strengths:

  • 10 mg
  • 20 mg
  • 40 mg

The 20-mg capsule may cost less than the 40-mg capsule. The total cost you’ll pay for fluoxetine also depends on the quantity you receive, such as a 90-day or 30-day supply. To find out how much you’ll pay for fluoxetine and how the cost differs, speak with your pharmacist.

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

If you still have questions about the cost of fluoxetine, 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 fluoxetine.

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

  • What’s the cost difference between a 90-day supply of fluoxetine 40-mg capsules versus 40-mg liquid solution?
  • What are my options if I want a lower cost brand-name alternative to fluoxetine?
  • Is fluoxetine covered by Medicare?

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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.