Tradjenta (linagliptin) is a prescription oral tablet that’s used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. Tradjenta’s cost may depend on factors such as whether you have health insurance and the pharmacy you use.

The price you pay for Tradjenta can vary. Your cost may depend on your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.

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Tradjenta is a brand-name drug. A generic version, linagliptin, has been approved but may not be available in pharmacies yet. Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about this.

A generic contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. A generic is considered just as safe and effective as the original drug but tends to cost less.

To find out how the costs of Tradjenta and linagliptin compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you’ve been prescribed Tradjenta and you’re interested in trying linagliptin instead, talk with your doctor. They can tell you when the generic version will be available. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as 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 exclusively 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 Tradjenta 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 Tradjenta if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Tradjenta. 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 Tradjenta. 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 Tradjenta or understanding your insurance, check out these resources:

On these pages, 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.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Tradjenta and cost.

How does the cost of Tradjenta compare with that of similar drugs, such as Januvia?

The cost of Tradjenta compared with the cost of other similar drugs such as sitagliptin (Januvia) can depend on several factors.

Tradjenta and Januvia are both oral tablets that are used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults.

Januvia comes in different strengths, and your dosage may affect your cost. Tradjenta is only available in one strength.

Other factors that may affect how much you pay for either drug include:

  • whether there are any savings programs available for the drug you’re prescribed
  • whether you have insurance or are paying out of pocket
  • how long your treatment lasts

If you have questions about the cost of Tradjenta compared with the cost of similar medications, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider. They can share more details on treatment costs based on your specific situation.

What’s the cost of Tradjenta without insurance vs. with insurance?

The cost of Tradjenta without insurance versus with insurance can vary based on several factors.

Some factors that may affect your cost of Tradjenta without insurance include:

  • your treatment plan
  • the pharmacy you choose
  • the quantity of Tradjenta you receive (such as a 30-day or 90-day supply)
  • any cost savings programs you qualify for

The same factors affect your cost of the drug if you’re paying through insurance. But in addition, your cost with insurance may depend on:

  • your individual plan benefits
  • any prior authorization requirements for your plan (see the “Prior authorization” section below for more information)

To find out more about your cost with and without insurance, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider (if you have one).

Whether you have insurance or not, you can visit Optum Perks* to get price estimates for Tradjenta when you use coupons from the site. It’s important to note that Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with any insurance copays or benefits.

* Optum Perks is a sister site of Healthline.

Is Tradjenta covered by Medicare?

It’s possible. To find out whether your Medicare plan covers the cost of Tradjenta, call your plan provider. There are many different types of Medicare plans, and your cost and coverage depend on your particular plan’s benefits.

Keep in mind that your plan may have prior authorization requirements before it will cover Tradjenta. (See the “Prior authorization” section below for more information.)

You can also ask your doctor about the cost of Tradjenta if you have Medicare.

If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover Tradjenta. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Tradjenta in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Tradjenta 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 Tradjenta requires prior authorization.

If you still have questions about the cost of Tradjenta, 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 price you’d pay for Tradjenta.

Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:

  • How does Tradjenta’s cost compare with that of metformin?
  • What are my options if I can’t afford Tradjenta?
  • Does sitagliptin (Januvia) cost less than Tradjenta?

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Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.