If you’re considering treatment options for high blood pressure, you may want to learn more about hydrochlorothiazide.

Hydrochlorothiazide is a generic prescription drug that’s used to treat high blood pressure in adults. The drug is also used in adults and children to manage edema caused by other medical conditions, such as kidney disease and heart failure.

Hydrochlorothiazide comes as tablets or capsules that you swallow.

Keep reading for details on hydrochlorothiazide and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.

Note: For more details on hydrochlorothiazide, see this in-depth article.

Hydrochlorothiazide retail price
The retail price of hydrochlorothiazide is $2.

The price you pay for hydrochlorothiazide can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your dosage form, insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.

To find out how much you’ll pay for hydrochlorothiazide, 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 hydrochlorothiazide. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss hydrochlorothiazide in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If hydrochlorothiazide 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 hydrochlorothiazide requires prior authorization.

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Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about hydrochlorothiazide and its cost.

Does the cost of hydrochlorothiazide vary depending on the dose I’m prescribed (12.5 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg)?

Your cost for hydrochlorothiazide may depend on the strength, dose, and form you’re prescribed.

Hydrochlorothiazide comes in the following forms and strengths:

  • tablets in strengths of 12.5 milligrams (mg), 25 mg, and 50 mg
  • capsules in one strength of 12.5 mg

To learn more about the cost of hydrochlorothiazide based on the strength, form, and dose you’re prescribed, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. You can also contact your insurance plan (if you have one) to ask about the cost of the drug.

Is the price of hydrochlorothiazide by itself less expensive compared with combination drugs such as telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide?

Not necessarily. The cost of hydrochlorothiazide alone, compared with combination drugs that contain hydrochlorothiazide, can depend on several factors. These include your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and whether the combination drug is available as a generic or only as a brand-name version.

In some cases, if your condition is not well-managed by hydrochlorothiazide alone, your doctor may discuss having you switch to a combination drug containing hydrochlorothiazide.

Many combination drugs that manage high blood pressure contain hydrochlorothiazide. Examples include:

It’s important to note that your cost for any prescription drug may depend on whether you’re paying with or without insurance.

Your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider (if you have one) can give you more details on the cost of your medication.

What is hydrochlorothiazide’s price without insurance?

The price of hydrochlorothiazide without insurance may depend on several factors. These include your dosage, the form you take (tablet or capsule), your treatment plan, and even the pharmacy you choose. If you don’t have health insurance, check around with a few pharmacies for the best price of the drug.

The price of hydrochlorothiazide without insurance may also depend on whether you’re eligible for any cost-saving programs. To learn more, see the “Can I get help paying for hydrochlorothiazide?” section below.

If you have questions about how much your specific cost of hydrochlorothiazide will be, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Hydrochlorothiazide only comes as a generic drug. It’s not currently available in a brand-name version. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. Hydrochlorothiazide was based on Microzide, which is no longer available.

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 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 take hydrochlorothiazide 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 hydrochlorothiazide if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of hydrochlorothiazide. 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 of hydrochlorothiazide. 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 hydrochlorothiazide 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 hydrochlorothiazide, 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 hydrochlorothiazide.

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

  • Can I save on the cost of hydrochlorothiazide without insurance by getting a 90-day supply?
  • Does the capsule form of hydrochlorothiazide cost more than the tablets?
  • Does my dosage of hydrochlorothiazide affect the cost?

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