If you’re looking at treatment options for depression or certain other conditions affecting your mood, you may want to learn more about sertraline (Zoloft). This includes information about cost.
Sertraline is a generic prescription drug that’s used to treat the following in adults:
- major depressive disorder (MDD)
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- panic disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- social anxiety disorder
- premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
Sertraline is also used to treat OCD in children ages 6 to 17. Sertraline is the generic form of the brand-name medication Zoloft.
This medication belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). It works by increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain. (Because serotonin improves mood, it’s sometimes called a “happy hormone.”) This can help to ease symptoms of your condition.
Sertraline is available as an oral tablet or an oral solution.
Keep reading for details on sertraline and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on sertraline, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for sertraline 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 sertraline, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. And if you have insurance and are wondering what your out-of-pocket costs for this drug might be, talk with your insurance company. (Out-of-pocket costs are costs you’re responsible for, such as deductibles, coinsurance, or copayments.)
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about sertraline and cost.
Does the price of sertraline tablets vary depending on the strength (25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg)?
Yes, the strength of sertraline that you take may determine how much the medication costs you. However, cost can also depend on your insurance coverage or the form of sertraline that you take. Below is a chart of the available strengths and forms of sertraline.
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Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the price that you may pay for your sertraline prescription.
How much does sertraline cost without insurance?
The cost of sertraline without insurance depends on many factors, including what pharmacy you go to, and the strength and form of sertraline your doctor prescribed.
If you’re wondering about how much your prescription might cost you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you an estimate for the cost of your sertraline prescription.
To find out about financial assistance options for setraline, see the “Can I get help paying for sertraline?” section below.
Sertraline is a generic version of the brand-name drug Zoloft. 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 Zoloft and sertraline compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed sertraline and you’re interested in using Zoloft 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 sertraline 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 sertraline if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of sertraline. 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 sertraline. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. You might 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 sertraline 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 what you’ll pay for sertraline, you may want to talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you still have questions about the cost of sertraline, 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 sertraline.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- What other medications can treat my condition that may cost less?
- Will a different form of sertraline decrease my cost?
- Will my dosage affect the cost of sertraline?
- How much of my sertraline prescription will be covered by my insurance?
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