Exemestane is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it for:
- adjuvant (add-on) treatment of early estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer
- treatment of advanced breast cancer
Exemestane is used in females* who’ve gone through menopause and have tried the medication tamoxifen (Soltamox) to treat their breast cancer. For more information about exemestane’s uses, talk with your doctor.
* Sex and gender exist on spectrums. Use of the term “female” in this article refers to sex assigned at birth.
Here are some details about exemestane:
- Drug class: aromatase inhibitor
- Drug form: oral tablet
- Brand-name version: Aromasin
Read on to learn about exemestane and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of exemestane 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 exemestane will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and exemestane.
Why is exemestane so expensive?
The cost of exemestane may be expensive for you based on different factors. These include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
Exemestane may be more expensive than similar breast cancer medications, such as letrozole. But exemestane costs significantly less than other breast cancer treatments, such as Kisqali or Ibrance. To find out which treatment options might cost less and still be effective for your condition, talk with your doctor.
To find out more about the price you’ll pay for exemestane, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
How can I figure out the cost of exemestane 25-mg tablets?
To find out what the cost of exemestane will be, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider. They can help determine the annual and retail cost of exemestane, including the 25-milligram (mg) strength.
The price you pay for exemestane tablets can vary. It may be based on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
Exemestane is a generic drug that is available in a brand-name form called Aromasin. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs. To find out how the cost of Aromasin compares with the cost of exemestane, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed exemestane and you’re interested in taking Aromasin 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 or the other.
Keep reading to discover several ways to reduce long-term drug costs with exemestane.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of exemestane. 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
Exemestane 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 exemestane, 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 exemestane, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to you and exemestane. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for exemestane.
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 exemestane, see its prescribing information or talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Information about breast cancer. For more information about cancer, see our cancer hub and list of breast cancer articles.
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