Furosemide is a generic prescription drug that’s used to treat edema (fluid buildup) and high blood pressure. Furosemide’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.
The price you pay for furosemide can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use. If you’re prescribed the injection form of the drug, you may have additional costs to receive the injection from a healthcare professional at a hospital or clinic.
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Furosemide 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.
Furosemide comes in brand-name versions called Lasix and Furoscix. To find out how the costs of Lasix, Furoscix, and furosemide compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you’ve been prescribed furosemide and you’re interested in a brand-name version instead, talk with your doctor. They may prefer one version instead of the other. Also, you’ll need to check with your insurance provider. This is because 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 an oral form of furosemide long term, you may be able to lower your costs in the following ways:
Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication. If approved by your insurance company, you may be able to get a 90-day supply of furosemide oral tablets or oral solution. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of furosemide. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of furosemide, 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 furosemide. 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 furosemide 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 Furosemide and cost.
How does furosemide’s cost compare with that of similar drugs, such as spironolactone?
The cost of furosemide compared with the cost of spironolactone or other similar medications can depend on several factors.
Furosemide comes as an oral tablet, an oral liquid solution, and an injection. Spironolactone comes as an oral tablet and an oral suspension (a type of liquid mixture). If you’re prescribed the injection form of furosemide, your cost may be higher than an oral form of spironolactone. This is because you may have additional costs to receive furosemide injections from a healthcare professional.
Other factors that may affect how much you pay include:
- whether there are any coupon cost savings programs available for the drug you’re prescribed
- whether you have insurance or are paying out of pocket
- how long your treatment lasts
- your dosage
If you have questions about the cost of furosemide 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 furosemide cost without insurance?
The cost of furosemide without insurance depends on several factors. But in general, your cost will be higher without insurance.
Your cost for furosemide may depend on factors such as:
- your dosage and the form you’re prescribed
- whether you qualify for any savings programs
- the pharmacy you choose (if prescribed an oral form)
- if you’re prescribed an oral form, the supply of furosemide you receive (such as a 30-day or 90-day supply)
To find out the exact cost of furosemide without insurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Also, you may want to check with a few pharmacies to compare prices for the oral forms of furosemide.
Keep in mind that if you’re prescribed the injection form of furosemide, you may have additional costs to receive the medication from a healthcare professional at a hospital or clinic.
You can also visit Optum Perks* to get price estimates for furosemide oral forms 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.
If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover furosemide. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss furosemide in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If furosemide 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 furosemide requires prior authorization.
If you still have questions about the cost of furosemide, 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 furosemide.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- How will I know whether I’ll have additional costs to receive furosemide injections at a clinic or hospital?
- How does the cost of furosemide compare with the cost of the brand-name versions Lasix and Furoscix?
- Are there other lower cost options available if I can’t afford furosemide?
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