If you’re looking at treatment options for weight management, you may want to learn more about Saxenda (liraglutide).
Saxenda is a prescription drug that’s used along with exercise and a balanced diet to manage weight in:
- adults and some children who have obesity
- adults who are overweight and also have a weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure
Liraglutide is the active ingredient in Saxenda. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.
This drug comes as a solution in a prefilled pen for injection under your skin.
Keep reading for details on Saxenda and cost and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more information on Saxenda, including specifics about its uses, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Saxenda can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.
You may also need to buy needles to use with Saxenda prefilled pens.
To find out how much you’ll pay for Saxenda, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Saxenda and cost.
Is there a cost estimator that can tell me how much Saxenda costs per month with insurance?
Yes, there is. Saxenda’s manufacturer provides a resource called Cost Navigator for cost estimates. It can help you estimate your monthly cost of Saxenda with insurance.
You can get a cost estimate by filling out a form on the Cost Navigator webpage. Or you can call 888-809-3942 to get an estimate over the phone.
Does the manufacturer of Saxenda offer a co-pay card or coupons for this medication?
The manufacturer doesn’t offer a coupon. But it does offer a card called the Saxenda Savings Card that can help cover the cost of the drug. If eligible, you can use this card with certain insurance plans to lower your out-of-pocket cost* of Saxenda. If you don’t have insurance or your insurance won’t cover the drug, you may still be able to use the card to save on the cost of Saxenda.
You cannot use the Saxenda Savings Card with federally or state-funded insurance plans, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare.
To see if you’re eligible for this card, visit this website or call 877-304-6895.
For more financial assistance options for Saxenda, see the “Can I get help paying for Saxenda?” section below.
* “Out-of-pocket cost” refers to expenses that health insurance does not cover, such as deductibles and copayments.
Is the price of Saxenda significantly more without insurance than with insurance?
It depends. Several factors can affect how much you pay for Saxenda, including:
- the pharmacy you use
- the supply of medication you receive (for example, 30 days versus 90 days)
- your insurance coverage
- whether you use a savings card or another financial assistance option
Note that many insurance plans, including Medicare part D, may not cover Saxenda. But insurance coverage can change over time. Before you start Saxenda treatment, check with your insurance company to find out if it covers Saxenda.
Your doctor or pharmacist can also answer your questions about the cost of Saxenda with or without insurance.
And for ways to save on Saxenda, see the “How can I lower my long-term drug costs?” and “Can I get help paying for Saxenda?” sections below.
Saxenda 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 difference in the cost of brand-name drugs vs. generic drugs?
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 drug makers 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 Saxenda 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 Saxenda if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Saxenda. 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 Saxenda. 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 Saxenda 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 able to lower the cost of Saxenda by requesting a Saxenda Savings Card. To see if you’re eligible for this card, visit this website or call 877-304-6895.
If you still have questions about the cost of Saxenda, 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 Saxenda.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Are there other lower-cost drugs that could help me manage my weight?
- Can I get the Saxenda Savings Card from my doctor’s office?
- Will my cost for Saxenda change if I use a higher dosage?
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