Amlodipine is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat certain types of heart-related conditions.
Specifically, amlodipine is approved to treat:
- hypertension in adults and some children
- coronary artery disease in adults
- certain types of angina in adults
Amlodipine may be used alone or in combination with other medications to treat hypertension.
For more information about amlodipine’s uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about amlodipine:
- Drug class: calcium channel blocker
- Drug form: oral tablet
- Brand-name versions: Norliqva, Katerzia, Norvasc
Read on to learn about amlodipine and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of amlodipine can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
To find out what the cost of amlodipine 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 amlodipine. This means the company and your doctor will discuss amlodipine 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 amlodipine requires prior authorization.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and amlodipine.
Do the prices of 2.5-mg, 5-mg, and 10-mg amlodipine tablets vary?
Yes, it’s possible for the prices of amlodipine 2.5 milligrams (mg), 5 mg, and 10 mg to vary. This depends on whether you have insurance coverage or are paying out of pocket for amlodipine.
The cost of a given strength may also depend on your dosage for the condition amlodipine is being used to treat and the pharmacy you use. If you’re paying out of pocket, check with different pharmacies for the best price.
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more specific information about the cost of different strengths of amlodipine.
How much does Amlodipine cost with insurance?
The cost of amlodipine with insurance depends on your insurance plan and benefits.
For example, amlodipine’s cost with insurance may vary based on whether you have a set copay for generic medications. It may also vary if your insurance plan requires you to pay a certain percentage of the total cost of the medication.
Your cost may also change if your insurance plan has a prior authorization requirement for amlodipine.
To learn more about the cost of amlodipine with insurance, talk with your insurance provider. They can tell you how much you’ll pay for amlodipine.
Amlodipine is a generic drug, which means it’s an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. 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.
Amlodipine is available as the brand-name drugs Norvasc, Norliqva, and Katerzia. If your doctor has prescribed amlodipine and you’re interested in using Norvasc, Norliqva, or Katerzia instead, talk with your doctor. They may prefer one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one of these options.
To find out how the cost of these brand-name drugs compares with the cost of amlodipine, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you take amlodipine 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 amlodipine. 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
Amlodipine 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 amlodipine, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:
These sites can provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and amlodipine, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to amlodipine. However, if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for amlodipine.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage for drugs, see these articles about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.
- Save money. Explore this article for tips about how to save money on prescriptions.
- More details. For details about other aspects of amlodipine, refer to this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about your condition, see our cardiovascular health hub.
Disclaimer: Medical News Today 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.