If you’re looking at treatment options for pseudobulbar affect, you may want to learn more about Nuedexta (dextromethorphan hydrobromide/quinidine sulfate).
Nuedexta is a prescription drug that’s used to treat pseudobulbar affect in adults. The drug comes as a capsule that you swallow. It contains two active ingredients: dextromethorphan hydrobromide and quinidine sulfate. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)
Keep reading for details on Nuedexta and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on Nuedexta, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Nuedexta 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 Nuedexta, 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 Nuedexta. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Nuedexta in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Nuedexta 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 Nuedexta requires prior authorization.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Nuedexta and cost.
What is Nuedexta’s cost with insurance vs. its cost without insurance?
Your cost of Nuedexta with or without insurance will depend on many factors, including:
- your dose
- the pharmacy that you use
- if you have insurance coverage
- if you qualify for Nuedexta savings programs
In many cases, if your insurance covers Nuedexta, the drug will be less expensive than paying for Nuedexta without insurance.
To learn more about the price you’ll pay for Nuedexta, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Is there a copay card or manufacturer coupon available for Nuedexta?
Yes, the drugmaker offers a Nuedexta Co-Pay Savings Card, which could help reduce your out-of-pocket costs. To be eligible for the savings card, you must have a commercial insurance plan.
For additional assistance or to see what financial help you may qualify for, you can sign up for Nuedexta Connect. This program may also help with other financial assistance if you’re uninsured or can’t afford your medication.
Nuedexta is a brand-name drug that’s also available as the generic drug dextromethorphan hydrobromide/quinidine sulfate.
A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. A generic is considered to be just as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics generally cost less than brand-name drugs.
To find out how the costs of Nuedexta and dextromethorphan hydrobromide/quinidine sulfate compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you’ve been prescribed Nuedexta and you’re interested in using dextromethorphan hydrobromide/quinidine sulfate 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 Nuedexta 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 Nuedexta if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Nuedexta. 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 Nuedexta. 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 Nuedexta 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.
If you still have questions about the cost of Nuedexta, 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 Nuedexta.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Will my dosage of Nuedexta affect the cost of the drug?
- Are there other lower-cost drugs that could also treat my condition?
- If I can’t afford Nuedexta, what other options do I have?
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