Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium) is a brand-name drug prescribed for certain bacterial infections in adults and children. The cost of Augmentin with and without insurance can depend on several factors.
Augmentin is available as an oral tablet and an oral suspension (a liquid mixture).
As with all medications, the cost of Augmentin can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include:
- your treatment plan
- your insurance coverage
- the pharmacy you use
- whether Augmentin has a savings program (see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below)
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The active ingredients of Augmentin are amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. It’s available as the generic drug amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium. 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.
If your doctor has prescribed Augmentin and you’re interested in taking amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium 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 cover only one or the other.
To find out how the cost of this generic drug compares with the cost of Augmentin, 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 need financial support to pay for Augmentin, or if you need help understanding your insurance coverage, help is available. For example:
- 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.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and Augmentin.
How much does Augmentin cost with insurance vs. without it?
What you pay for Augmentin if you have insurance compared to what you’d pay without it depends on several factors. The factors that could affect what you pay for this drug without insurance include:
- whether you apply and qualify for any available savings programs
- your dosage and treatment plan
- the pharmacy you use
- the form of the drug you’re prescribed (such as the tablet or suspension)
These same factors may affect your price for Augmentin if you have insurance. But the cost with insurance will also depend on:
- your specific plan benefits
- any prior authorization requirements you have for drug coverage (see the “Insurance considerations” section just below)
To learn more about what you’d pay for Augmentin with or without insurance, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider (if you have one).
You can also visit Optum Perks* for price estimates for this drug when using coupons from their site. However, Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with insurance benefits or copays.
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How does Augmentin’s cost compare with that of medications such as amoxicillin?
As a brand-name drug, Augmentin may cost more than amoxicillin. This is because amoxicillin is a generic drug and generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs. Augmentin may also cost more than its generic version (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium).
In general, factors that can affect the price you would pay for Augmentin versus other medications for your condition include:
- whether you’re prescribed a brand-name or generic medication
- the length of your treatment
- whether there are payment assistance programs for your prescribed treatment
- whether you’re paying out of pocket or have insurance
Doctors prescribe Augmentin and amoxicillin for some of the same types of bacterial infections. However, Augmentin is a combination drug containing amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. Doctors may prescribe Augmentin for infections that may not respond to amoxicillin alone.
To learn more about the cost of Augmentin compared with the costs of other treatments for your condition, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider. If you have questions about the right treatment option, talk with your doctor for more information. To learn more about Augmentin versus amoxicillin, read this article.
Below is information you may want to consider if you have insurance and receive Augmentin.
If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers Augmentin. This means the company and your doctor will discuss Augmentin 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 Augmentin requires prior authorization.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and Augmentin, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to Augmentin. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for Augmentin.
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.
- More details. For details about other aspects of Augmentin, refer to this article.
- Side effects. For details about Augmentin’s side effects, see this article. You can also look at the prescribing information for:
- Interactions. You can find out more about what Augmentin interacts with by visiting this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about bacterial infections, see our articles on infectious diseases, bacteria, and viruses.
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.