If you’re looking at treatment options for partial-onset seizures or certain types of pain, you may want to learn more about pregabalin (Lyrica).
Pregabalin is a generic prescription drug that’s used to treat:
- partial-onset seizures in adults and children ages 1 month or older
- neuropathic pain in adults, when damaged nerves cause pain from diabetes, spinal cord injury, or shingles
- fibromyalgia in adults
Pregabalin belongs to a group of drugs called anticonvulsants. The drug comes as a capsule, a liquid solution, and an extended-release tablet. (“Extended-release” means the drug is released slowly into your body over time.)
Keep reading for details on pregabalin and cost and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on pregabalin, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
The price you pay for pregabalin 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 pregabalin, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about pregabalin and cost.
Does the price of pregabalin capsules vary depending on the strength (for example, 25 mg vs. 100 mg)?
Yes, it’s possible that you will pay more for higher-strength capsules. The capsules come in several strengths: 25 milligrams (mg), 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 225 mg, and 300 mg.
Pregabalin also comes as extended-release tablets and as a liquid solution. Higher strengths of these forms may also cost more than lower strengths.
The form you take may also affect the price. The solution is typically more expensive than the capsules or tablets.
For more information on how much you may pay for pregabalin, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
How much does pregabalin cost without insurance?
The cost of pregabalin can depend on many factors. For example, the liquid solution may cost more than the capsules or tablets. The price may also increase for higher strengths of the drug. Which pharmacy you use can also affect the cost of pregabalin.
To learn more about what you may pay for pregabalin, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
And for resources that could help with the cost of your prescription, see the “Can I get help paying for pregabalin?” section below.
How do the costs of pregabalin and gabapentin compare?
Both pregabalin and gabapentin can be used to treat nerve pain and certain types of seizures.
The costs of pregabalin and gabapentin are similar.
To learn more about the cost of these medications and whether you can use either of them for your condition, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Pregabalin comes in a brand-name version called Lyrica. 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 Lyrica and pregabalin compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed pregabalin and you’re interested in using Lyrica instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for 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 pregabalin 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 pregabalin if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of pregabalin. 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 pregabalin. 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 pregabalin or understanding your insurance, check out these websites:
You can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services on these sites.
If you have questions about how you can pay for pregabalin, you may also want to talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you still have questions about the cost of pregabalin, 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 to your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for pregabalin.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Does Medicare cover pregabalin?
- Will my dosage of pregabalin affect the cost?
- Do pregabalin tablets cost more or less than the capsules?
- Are there other lower-cost drugs that could treat my condition?
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