If you’re looking at treatment options for certain bladder problems, you may want to learn more about Myrbetriq.

Myrbetriq is a prescription drug that’s used to treat the following bladder problems:

For OAB, Myrbetriq may be used alone or together with Vesicare (solifenacin).

Myrbetriq is available in two forms that you take by mouth: tablets and granules that a pharmacist mixes into a suspension. Both are extended-release forms, which means that the drug is slowly released into your body after you take it.

The active ingredient in Myrbetriq is mirabegron. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)

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

Note: For more details on Myrbetriq, including its uses, see this in-depth article.

The price you pay for Myrbetriq 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 Myrbetriq, 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 Myrbetriq. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Myrbetriq in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Myrbetriq 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 Myrbetriq requires prior authorization.

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

How does the cost of Myrbetriq 50-mg tablets compare with that of the 25-mg tablets?

It’s likely that Myrbetriq 50-milligram (mg) tablets and 25-mg tablets are similar in price. The price for each strength can depend on the pharmacy where you fill your prescription. It can also depend on whether you have health insurance and the kind of plan you have.

To find out if you’ll pay a different price for Myrbetriq 50-mg and 25-mg tablets, talk with your insurance provider or pharmacist.

What is the cost of Myrbetriq with Medicare or commercial insurance as well as without insurance?

Your cost of Myrbetriq will likely be higher if you don’t have insurance. Talk with your pharmacist about how much the drug will cost without insurance. Prices for Myrbetriq can vary at different pharmacies.

If you have Medicare or commercial insurance,* what you’ll pay for Myrbetriq depends on your plan and whether it covers the drug. Some insurance plans also require prior authorization before covering a medication. Your dosage and the supply of medication you get may also affect what you’ll pay. To find out the exact cost of Myrbetriq, talk with your Medicare or commercial insurance provider.

For a few resources that could help you find ways to lower the price of Myrbetriq, see the “Can I get help paying for Myrbetriq?” section below.

* Commercial insurance is insurance that isn’t federal or state funded.

Is there a cheaper alternative to Myrbetriq for my condition?

There are other medications available to treat overactive bladder. These include Ditropan XL (oxybutynin), Vesicare (solifenacin), darifenacin, and Detrol (tolterodine). Alternatives for neurogenic detrusor overactivity include Ditropan XL and a liquid suspension form of solifenacin called Vesicare LS.

Most of these alternatives are available in generic form and may be cheaper than Myrbetriq.

To find out how the costs of Myrbetriq and these drug alternatives compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you’ve been prescribed Myrbetriq and you’re interested in using an alternative that costs less, talk with your doctor. In addition, you’ll need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover certain drugs.

Myrbetriq only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available in a generic version. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. 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 Myrbetriq 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 Myrbetriq if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Myrbetriq. 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 for Myrbetriq. 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 Myrbetriq 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 to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. You may also be eligible for cost savings from the drugmaker through its Momentum Program. To learn more, visit the program website.

If you still have questions about the cost of Myrbetriq, 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 Myrbetriq.

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

  • Will it be more cost-effective to get a larger supply of Myrbetriq?
  • Will a less expensive generic version of Myrbetriq be available soon?
  • Will my dosage of Myrbetriq affect the drug’s cost?
  • Do Myrbetriq granules cost the same as the tablets?

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