Jornay PM (methylphenidate) is a prescription capsule used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and some children. Jornay PM’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage and the pharmacy you use.

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The price you pay for Jornay PM can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.

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

Jornay PM is only available as a brand-name medication. The active ingredient in Jornay PM (methylphenidate) is available as a generic drug, but this form is not the same as Jornay PM.

A generic usually 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.

If you’ve been prescribed Jornay PM and you’re interested in taking a generic form of methylphenidate instead, talk with your doctor. They may prefer that you take one version instead of the other. In addition, 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 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 Jornay PM long term, you may be able to lower your costs by using a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication.

Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for Jornay PM. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. 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 Jornay PM 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 Jornay PM, 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 Jornay PM.

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

  • Do lower strengths of Jornay PM cost less?
  • What are my options if I’m unable to afford my medication?
  • Can you prescribe other treatment options for my condition that cost less than Jornay PM?

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