If you’re looking at treatment options for high blood pressure or certain heart conditions, you may want to learn more about lisinopril.
Lisinopril is a generic prescription drug used to:
- treat high blood pressure in adults and some children
- decrease the symptoms of heart failure in adults
- lower the risk of death after a heart attack in adults
Lisinopril belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Lisinopril comes as a tablet that you swallow.
Lisinopril is also available as the brand-name drugs Qbrelis and Zestril.
Keep reading for details on lisinopril, its cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on lisinopril, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for lisinopril can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
To find out how much you’ll pay for lisinopril, 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 lisinopril. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss lisinopril in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If lisinopril 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 lisinopril requires prior authorization.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about lisinopril and its cost.
How much does lisinopril cost without insurance vs. with insurance?
Your cost of lisinopril depends on whether you have insurance that covers prescription drugs. And if you have insurance coverage, your cost depends on your specific insurance plan.
If you have questions about your insurance coverage, ask your pharmacist or insurance provider.
If you don’t have insurance coverage, you can ask your pharmacist for a “cash price” for lisinopril. That’s what you’ll pay out-of-pocket if you don’t have insurance coverage.
Does lisinopril’s cost vary depending on the strength, such as 10 mg vs. 20 mg?
It’s possible. Your cost of lisinopril may depend on the strength you take and your insurance coverage (if you have it).
To learn more about what you’ll pay for the strength of lisinopril you’re prescribed, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance company.
Lisinopril is a generic drug. This means it’s 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. And generics generally cost less than brand-name drugs.
Lisinopril comes in two brand-name versions: Zestril and Qbrelis. To find out how the costs of these brand-name drugs and lisinopril compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you’ve been prescribed lisinopril and you’re interested in using Zestril or Qbrelis 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 lisinopril 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 lisinopril if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of lisinopril. 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 lisinopril. 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 lisinopril 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 lisinopril, 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 lisinopril.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Are there other lower cost drugs that could treat my condition?
- What are my options if I can’t afford my medication?
- Will my dosage form of lisinopril affect the cost?
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