Donepezil is a generic oral tablet or orally disintegrating tablet that’s prescribed for dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease. The cost of donepezil, with and without insurance, can depend on several factors, such as your dosage and whether the drug has a savings program.

As with all medications, the cost of donepezil can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.

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Donepezil is a generic drug, which means it’s an exact copy of the active ingredient 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.

Donepezil is available as the brand-name drug Aricept. If your doctor has prescribed donepezil and you’re interested in taking Aricept instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.

To find out how the cost of this brand-name drug compares with the cost of donepezil, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you take donepezil 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 donepezil. 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

Donepezil 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 donepezil, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such websites 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.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and donepezil.

How much does donepezil cost without insurance?

The cost of donepezil if you don’t have insurance can depend on many different factors. Factors that could affect what you pay for this drug without insurance include:

  • the quantity you’re prescribed (such as a 90-day or 30-day supply)
  • 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 oral tablet or the orally disintegrating tablet)

For more information about what you’d pay for donepezil without insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. If you have questions about the donepezil cost with insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They can help determine what your cost may be.

You can also visit Optum Perks* for price estimates for several medications. However, Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with insurance benefits or copays.

* Optum Perks is a sister site of Medical News Today.

Does donepezil 5 mg cost less than donepezil 10 mg?

Yes, it’s possible that the strength of the donepezil tablets that you’re prescribed may affect the drug’s cost. Donepezil oral tablets are available in strengths of 5 milligrams (mg), 10 mg, or 23 mg. Donepezil orally disintegrating tablets come in 5 mg or 10 mg.

The donepezil 5-mg price may be less than the donepezil 10-mg price because the 5-mg tablets contain less drug than the 10-mg tablets. So, they may also cost less. But the cost of a medication depends on many factors, including your pharmacy, your insurance coverage, and the form of the drug you’re taking.

For more information on your cost of donepezil, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Below is information you may want to consider if you have insurance and receive donepezil.

If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers donepezil. This means the company and your doctor will discuss donepezil 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 donepezil requires prior authorization.

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.