Advair (fluticasone propionate/salmeterol) is a brand-name prescription medication. It comes in two forms of inhalers called Advair HFA and Advair Diskus. They have different uses, as approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Advair HFA is FDA-approved to treat:
- asthma in adults and children ages 12 years and older
Advair Diskus is FDA-approved to treat:
- asthma in adults and children ages 4 years and older
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults
For more information about Advair’s uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about Advair:
- Drug forms: inhalationaerosol (Advair HFA) or inhalation powder (Advair Diskus)
- Generic version:
- Advair Diskus: fluticasone propionate/salmeterol
- Advair HFA: not available
Read on to learn about Advair and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of Advair can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- the form of Advair you’re prescribed
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Advair has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
To find out what the cost of Advair will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Note: If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers Advair. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Advair in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether the medication is covered. If a drug requires prior authorization but you start treatment without the prior approval, you could pay the full cost of the medication. You can ask your insurance company whether Advair requires prior authorization.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Advair.
How do the costs of Advair Diskus and Advair HFA inhalers compare?
The costs of Advair Diskus compared with Advair HFA depend on many factors, including your insurance coverage, your dose of medication, and the pharmacy you use.
To get the best estimate of what your cost of Advair Diskus or Advair HFA will be, talk with your pharmacist.
Are there manufacturer coupons for Advair Diskus or Advair HFA inhalers?
No, there are no manufacturer coupons for Advair Diskus or Advair HFA at this time. However, if you need help with costs or would like more information about your insurance coverage for Advair, call 866-475-3678 or visit the manufacturer’s webpage.
What’s the cost of Advair with and without insurance?
Your cost of Advair will depend on many factors, including your dose, the pharmacy you use, and the form of Advair you use.
To find out your specific cost of Advair with or without insurance, talk with your pharmacist. They will be able to tell you the cost of Advair with your specific insurance plan or without insurance.
There are two generic forms of Advair Diskus available for use. However, Advair HFA is not currently available in a generic version.
Generic Advair Diskus and cost
Advair Diskus is available in two generic forms. One is Wixela Inhub and the other is fluticasone propionate/salmeterol. Currently, Advair HFA isn’t available in a generic version. A generic drug is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
Fluticasone propionate/salmeterol is available as a generic drug, including as an authorized generic of Advair Diskus. An “authorized generic” is made by the same manufacturer as the original drug, usually with the exact same ingredients. In comparison, other generic forms, such as Wixela Inhub, are usually made by other manufacturers. In this case, the active drug ingredient is the same but the other ingredients may differ.
If your doctor has prescribed Advair and you’re interested in using Wixela Inhub or fluticasone propionate/salmeterol instead, talk with your doctor. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as your plan may cover one drug and not the other. However, it’s possible that the generic Advair price may be less expensive than the brand name form of the drug.
In addition, a generic Advair coupon is available for Wixela Inhub, which is a generic form of Advair Diskus. For more details about this manufacturer coupon, call 800-657-7613 or visit the webpage. To find out how the cost of this generic drug compares with the cost of Advair, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
WHY ARE COSTS DIFFERENT FOR BRAND-NAME DRUGS VS. GENERIC DRUGS?
Brand-name drugs can be expensive because of the research needed to test their safety and effectiveness. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell it for up to 20 years. When the brand-name drug’s patent expires, multiple manufacturers can create generic versions. This marketplace competition may lead to lower costs for generics. Also, because generics contain the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t require the same costly testing.
If you take Advair long term, you may be able to lower its cost in the following ways.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Advair. If approved by your insurance company, getting a 90-day supply of the drug could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost. If you’re interested in this option, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Using a mail-order pharmacy
Advair may be available through a mail-order pharmacy. Using this type of service may help lower the drug’s cost and allow you to receive your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order medications. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug via 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 financial support to pay for Advair, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- There currently aren’t any copay assistance programs for Advair Diskus or Advair HFA. However, if you need help paying for your medication or would like more information about your insurance coverage, call 866-475-3678 or visit the manufacturer’s website. In addition, Wixela Inhub, which is a generic form of Advair Diskus, does have a manufacturer coupon available. For more information, call 800-657-7613 or visit the manufacturer’s website.
- Some websites provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services. Two such websites are:
To learn more about saving money on prescriptions with or without insurance, check out this article.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Advair, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Advair. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Advair.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage and costs for drugs such as Advair, see these articles about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.
- More details. For details about other aspects of Advair, refer to this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about your condition, see our COPD hub or asthma and allergies hub.
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