Febuxostat is a generic oral tablet prescribed for gout in some adults. It’s available as the brand-name drug Uloric. The cost of febuxostat with and without insurance can depend on several factors.

Febuxostat is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high uric acid levels in adults with gout. It’s prescribed in situations where the drug allopurinol (Zyloprim) is not an appropriate treatment.

Read on for information about the price of febuxostat and ways to save on your prescriptions. To learn about other aspects of this drug, see this article.

As with all medications, the cost of febuxostat 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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Febuxostat 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 as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.

Febuxostat is available as the brand-name drug Uloric. If your doctor has prescribed febuxostat and you’re interested in taking Uloric 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 brand-name drug compares with the cost of febuxostat, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

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

What is the cost of febuxostat vs. allopurinol?

The price you would pay for febuxostat versus that of allopurinol (Zyloprim) depends on various factors. These include:

  • 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

Keep in mind that doctors typically only prescribe febuxostat when allopurinol is not an appropriate treatment.

To learn more about the cost of febuxostat compared with other treatments for your condition, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider (if you have one).

You can also visit Optum Perks for price estimates for febuxostat when using coupons from the site. However, Optum Perks coupons can’t be used with insurance benefits or copays. (Optum Perks is a sister site of Medical News Today.)

Why is febuxostat so expensive?

There are several factors that affect the cost of a drug. The main factors are whether or not a generic version is available and whether you have insurance. Febuxostat is a generic version of brand name Uloric. Typically, generics cost less than the brand-name drug.

If you have insurance, your cost for febuxostat will depend on your particular insurance plan’s benefits. Contact your insurance provider to find out your cost.

If you don’t have insurance, ask your doctor or a pharmacist what you’d pay for this medication. You can also visit Optum Perks for febuxostat coupons, which aren’t used with insurance.

If you have concerns about paying for your prescription, see the “Financial and insurance” section above. You can also talk with your doctor.

If you take febuxostat 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 febuxostat. 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

Febuxostat 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 febuxostat, 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.

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

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

For information related to your condition, see this list of gout articles.

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.