If you’re looking at treatment options for your thyroid condition, you may want to learn more about levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Tirosint, and many others). This includes information about cost.
Levothyroxine is a generic prescription drug that’s used in adults and children to treat:
Levothyroxine is available in several brand-name versions. To learn more, see the “Is levothyroxine available as a brand-name drug?” section below.
Levothyroxine belongs to a group of drugs called thyroid hormones. It works by replacing the thyroid hormone that your body needs.
Levothyroxine is available in different forms, including:
- tablets or capsules that you take by mouth
- a solution (liquid) that you take by mouth
- a powder, which is mixed into a solution that’s injected into a vein
Keep reading for details on levothyroxine and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on levothyroxine, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for levothyroxine can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, your location, and the pharmacy you use.
To find out how expensive levothyroxine will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about levothyroxine and cost.
Does the cost of levothyroxine tablets vary depending on the strength (for example, 75 mcg vs. 88 mcg)?
The cost of levothyroxine tablets may be different depending on the strength that you take. For example, 88-microgram (mcg) tablets may cost you more than 75-mcg tablets. Levothyroxine tablets are available in many different strengths, ranging from 25 mcg to 300 mcg.
In addition to tablets, levothyroxine is also available in capsules or a solution (liquid), with both forms taken by mouth. The form of the drug that you take may also change the cost. For example, the cost of a 75-mcg tablet may differ from that of a 75-mcg capsule.
If you have a prescription for levothyroxine and are concerned about the cost of your medication, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They will be able to help you find the most cost-effective treatment option for you.
How much does levothyroxine cost without insurance?
The cost of levothyroxine without insurance will depend on different factors, including:
- the pharmacy that you use
- the form (capsule, tablet, or solution) and strength of levothyroxine that you take
- how many pills you’re getting with each prescription (such as a 30-day supply or a 90-day supply)
If you would like to find out the cost of levothyroxine without insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. And if you’re having trouble paying for your medication, see the “Can I get help paying for levothyroxine?” section below.
Levothyroxine is a generic drug. It comes in many different brand-name versions, including:
A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be just as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
To find out how the costs of levothyroxine and its brand-name versions compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed levothyroxine and you’re interested in using a brand-name medication instead, talk with your doctor. They may prefer one version or 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.
If you take levothyroxine 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 levothyroxine if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of levothyroxine. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor or insurance provider.
- Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication. Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for levothyroxine. 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 levothyroxine or understanding your insurance, check out these websites:
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 you can pay for levothyroxine, you may also want to talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you still have questions about the cost of levothyroxine, 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 contact your insurance provider to learn the actual price you’d pay for levothyroxine.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- What other treatment options are available if I can’t afford levothyroxine?
- Will one brand of levothyroxine be cheaper for me?
- Will my levothyroxine dosage change the cost of the medication?
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