If you’re looking at treatment options for excessive daytime sleepiness, you may want to learn more about Sunosi (solriamfetol).
Sunosi is a prescription drug that’s used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness in adults due to the following conditions:
Sunosi comes as a tablet that you swallow and contains the active ingredient solriamfetol. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)
Keep reading for details on Sunosi and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on Sunosi, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Sunosi 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 Sunosi, 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 Sunosi. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Sunosi in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered.
If Sunosi requires prior authorization and you don’t receive it before you start treatment, you could pay the full cost of the drug. So be sure to ask your insurance company whether Sunosi requires prior authorization.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Sunosi and cost.
How does the cost of Sunosi compare with insurance and without insurance?
Usually, you’ll pay more for Sunosi without insurance than with insurance.
If you have insurance coverage for prescription drugs, what you’ll pay for the drug depends on your specific plan. To find out what your cost for Sunosi will be with your insurance plan, contact your insurance provider.
If you don’t have insurance for prescription drugs, you can ask your pharmacist what the cash price of Sunosi is. This is the amount you’ll pay without any discounts or coupons.
For a few resources that could help you save on the cost of Sunosi, regardless of whether you have insurance, see the “Can I get help paying for Sunosi?” section below.
What’s the cost of Sunosi with Medicare?
Your cost of Sunosi with Medicare depends on your individual plan. Some Medicare plans cover the cost of prescription drugs, while others do not.
Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may cover the cost of Sunosi. But they could have different copayments (copays) for the drug. A copay is a fixed amount that you may have to pay for your medication with certain insurance plans.
To find out your cost for Sunosi with Medicare, talk with your plan representative.
Sunosi 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 drugmaker 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 Sunosi 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 Sunosi if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Sunosi. 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 Sunosi. 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 Sunosi or understanding your insurance, check out these resources:
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 Sunosi, 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 Sunosi.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Will the number of tablets I’m prescribed affect my cost?
- Are there other lower cost drugs that could treat my excessive daytime sleepiness?
- What are my options if I can’t afford my medication?
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